Fates Worse Than Death: An Autobiographical Collage

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Berkley Books, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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In this revealing collection of essays, Vonnegut examines the issues and events (both personal and social) that shaped the last decade. Ranging from an intimate portrait of his family to a biting commentary of ex-son-in-law Geraldo Rivera to the 1945 firebombing of Dresden, Germany, where he was a POW, this book "offers a rare insight into an author who has customarily hidden his heart" (New York Times).

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This is a stimulating if rambling book of essays that discusses everything from the ugliness of the 1988 presidential campaign to male bonding in the stories of Ernest Hemingway. Maybe because ... Read full review

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I loved Fates Worse Than Death. While I enjoyed reading Palm Sunday (the first of his two autobiographical collages), I felt that Fates Worse Than Death was more revealing of Vonnegut's life and personality, and therefore much more interesting. It also has a better flow - it's still delightfully random and and little doodily-do, but I flowed through his ideas and life as easily as if I was floating in a tube down a lazy river, with some sort of delicious drink in hand. Maybe a chocolate milkshake. 



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Kurt Vonnegut, one of the most acclaimed American writers of the past century, died in New York City on April 11, 2007. He was the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels, including such literary classics as Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat s Cradle and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. Penguin Group (USA) was fortunate to publish several of Mr. Vonnegut s books, including the novels Timequake and Hocus Pocus as well as a collection of short fiction, Bagombo Snuff Box.

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