Comments: Closure

The book was Welcome To The Monkey House, and "Harrison Bergeron" was a standout amongst the stories therein. It was the first Vonnegut book I ever read.

Posted by Elisson at April 16, 2007 05:51 AM

Ellison- Your mind is like a steel trap. I think you scare me! Was this standard fare reading for middle school kids? That is what I am wondering... how did I end up with this book?

Posted by Bou at April 16, 2007 06:09 AM

Ack! I looked it up. I think that wasn't it. I don't remember reading stories like that... in particular dealing with sex. Heh, later in life... but not at 12. I was kind of naive. I think it was a collection of short stories and this one happened to be added to it.

Now this is going to bug me...

Posted by Bou at April 16, 2007 06:11 AM

Thank you for posting that link.
I didn't think I'd read any Kurt Vonnegut either, but I read this story in middle school, too! And parachial school at that.

And, yeah, it sticks with you.
Just your mention of ballet and "equality police", and boom, I remembered.

Posted by Roses at April 16, 2007 07:14 AM

I read that in 9th grade, and had not remembered the author.

That story sticks with a person. Every now and then it will pop into my head. That and the Ray Bradbury short story about the little girl who was locked in a closet during the few minutes the sun shone on some distant planet.

Posted by wRitErsbLock at April 16, 2007 07:42 AM

Bergeron - good.

The rest of Vonnegut - eh.

Little too cynical for me.

Posted by Harvey at April 16, 2007 02:19 PM

Oh - well then you're all good then. No need to read Slaughterhouse 5. :-)

Posted by Richmond at April 16, 2007 03:54 PM

I read it in 6th. I can still quote lines from it. Boy, talk about thinking outside the box. Harrison Bergeron was a real eye opener for 12 year old me.

Posted by caltechgirl at April 16, 2007 06:14 PM

I'm with Harvey.

My Vonnegut "tribute" post after his death last week was a recommendation to read HB. "No Child Gets Ahead" (disingenuously called "NCLB" by lying politicians and Mass Media Podpeople) writ large... *sigh*

HB is a particularly good read, because in this case, at least, Vonnegut seems to have been channeling a prophetic voice. As Harvey said, though, the rest of Vonnegut? Not so good (although Deadeye Dick had its moment *heh*).

Posted by David at April 16, 2007 07:42 PM

After the earlier blog I decided I am going to read Hocus Pocus.

I enjoyed his work back in my hemp indulgent years.

Guess I'm not as "cultured" as some.

In fact, I don't even like Gray Poupon..



Posted by P'Cola Titan at April 16, 2007 08:19 PM