Jailbird: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Jul 28, 2010 - Fiction - 320 pages
8 Reviews
“[Kurt Vonnegut] has never been more satirically on-target. . . . Nothing is spared.”—People

Jailbird
takes us into a fractured and comic, pure Vonnegut world of high crimes and misdemeanors in government—and in the heart. This wry tale follows bumbling bureaucrat Walter F. Starbuck from Harvard to the Nixon White House to the penitentiary as Watergate’s least known co-conspirator. But the humor turns dark when Vonnegut shines his spotlight on the cold hearts and calculated greed of the mighty, giving a razor-sharp edge to an unforgettable portrait of power and politics in our times.

Praise for Jailbird

“[Vonnegut] is our strongest writer . . . the most stubbornly imaginative.”—John Irving
 
“A gem . . . a mature, imaginative novel—possibly the best he has written . . . Jailbird is a guided tour de force of America. Take it!”Playboy

“A profoundly humane comedy . . . Jailbird definitely mounts up on angelic wings—in its speed, in its sparkle, and in its high-flying intent.”Chicago Tribune Book World
 
“Joyously inventive . . . gleams with the loony magic Vonnegut alone can achieve.”Cosmopolitan
 
“Vonnegut is our great apocalyptic writer, the closest thing we’ve had to a prophet since . . . Lenny Bruce.”Chicago Sun-Times
 
“Vonnegut at his impressive best. . . . His imaginative leaps alone . . . are worth the price of admission. . . . His far-reaching metaphysical and cultural concerns . . . are ultimately serious and worth our contemplation.”The Washington Post
 

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User Review  - cvalin - LibraryThing

This was definitely not my favorite Vonnegut book, but I've never read a Vonnegut story that I didn't enjoy. I prefer his more off-the-wall stuff, and most of this book was pretty grounded in reality ... Read full review

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User Review  - fuzzy_patters - LibraryThing

Jailbird begins as a story about a man who has been jailed for having a very insignificant part in the Watergate scandal. Because of this, he is housed in a jail for white collar criminals near ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
41
Section 3
53
Section 4
70
Section 5
77
Section 6
91
Section 7
113
Section 8
124
Section 14
190
Section 15
194
Section 16
206
Section 17
217
Section 18
222
Section 19
235
Section 20
241
Section 21
265

Section 9
140
Section 10
152
Section 11
167
Section 12
171
Section 13
185
Section 22
268
Section 23
276
Section 24
284
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About the author (2010)

Kurt Vonnegut’s black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America’s attention in The Sirens of Titan in 1959 and established him as “a true artist” (The New York Times) with Cat’s Cradle in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene declared, “one of the best living American writers.” Mr. Vonnegut passed away in April 2007.


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