Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage

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Random House Publishing Group, Sep 30, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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“[Kurt Vonnegut] is either the funniest serious writer around or the most serious funny writer.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review

In this self-portrait by an American genius, Kurt Vonnegut writes with beguiling wit and poignant wisdom about his favorite comedians, country music, a dead friend, a dead marriage, and various cockamamie aspects of his all-too-human journey through life. This is a work that resonates with Vonnegut’s singular voice: the magic sound of a born storyteller mesmerizing us with truth.

“Vonnegut is at the top of his form, and it is wonderful.”—Newsday
 

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User Review  - jeffjardine - LibraryThing

As is indicated by the subtitle, this is an eclectic mix of (mostly) KV's uncollected writing at the time it was published in 1981. The format allows him to put in plain English many of the themes ... Read full review

PALM SUNDAY: An Autobiographical Collage

User Review  - Kirkus

Is this "collage" of Vonnegut's occasional writings "a very great book by an American genius" (as he declares in a pretty hilarious mock-preface)? Or is it—as he goes on to suggest—a "blivit" (i.e ... Read full review

Contents

ROOTS
17
C
23
LOST MY INNOCENCE I
62
TRIAGE I
65
THE PEOPLE ONE KNOWS
107
Who in America ls Truly Happy?essay by K V
127
FUNNIER ON PAPER THAN MOST PEOPLE
157
RELIGION
175
OBSCENITY I
201
CHILDREN
217
JONATHAN SWIFT MISPERCEIVED
235
A NAZI CITY MOURNED AT SOME PROFIT I
273
IN THE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD I
291
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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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