Comments: In Passing

I read Slaughterhouse 5 a few years ago and wish I hadn't, actually. Some of it was quite disturbing and stuck with me. But your experience might be different...

Posted by Richmond at April 12, 2007 08:00 AM

Breakfast of Champions is a good intro to Vonnegut. Classic quirky style, very funny, and not as sci-fi as some of the others, seeing as it is set in 1970s middle America.

Posted by caltechgirl at April 12, 2007 01:19 PM

Be sure to read his very short story "Harrison Bergeron" (it's in its entirety on the net somewhere). He wrote it in 1961...but it is an excellent observation about society that fits even today.

I may not have agreed with all his societal/political views, but he was still an amazing man and author.

Posted by Mrs. Who at April 12, 2007 06:38 PM

I agree with CalTech "Breakfast of Champions" is a good intro to KV. "Slaughterhouse" is probably his best known, but "Cats Cradle" is good with me as well. I never got around to "Hocus Pocus"

Come to think of it, maybe that is why I was such a repressed teen, the stuff I was reading....

Glad I cut back on that...

PT

Posted by P'Cola Titan at April 12, 2007 09:08 PM

He is by far one of the most over-rated writers of this century. I found his work lacking in substance & style and the only reason he is highly regarded is because he broke with literary convention & publishing standards (by printing much of his own early work independently) capitalizing on anti-establishment & counter-culture sentiments. You will find that men in particular like his work & if you read /view his Breakfast of Champions you'll imediately understand why.

Posted by lettersfromnyc at April 13, 2007 07:57 PM