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Bluebeard: The Autobiography of Rabo Karabekian (1916-1988) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Kurt Vonnegut
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From Library Journal

Vonnegut rounds up several familiar themes and character types for his 13th novel: genocide, the surreality of the modern world, fluid interplay of the past and present, and the less-than-heroic figure taking center stage to tell his story. Here he elevates to narrator a minor character from Breakfast of Champions , wounded World War II veteran and abstract painter Rabo Karabekian. At the urging of enchantress-as-bully Circe Berman, Karabekian writes his "hoax autobiography." Vonnegut uses the tale to satirize art movements and the art-as-investment mind-set and to explore the shifting shape of reality. Although not among his best novels, Bluebeard is a good one and features liberal doses of his off-balance humor. Recommended. A.J. Wright, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.


“Ranks with Vonnegut’s best and goes one step beyond . . . joyous, soaring fiction.”—The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

“Vonnegut is at his edifying best.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Vonnegut is George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer . . . a zany but moral mad scientist. ”—Time


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1079 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 338 Seiten
  • Verlag: RosettaBooks (21. August 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005IHW8GY
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.5 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (17 Kundenrezensionen)
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Kurt Vonnegut wurde 1922 in Indianapolis geboren. Er studierte an den Universitäten von Chicago und Tennessee und begann dann, für verschiedene Zeitschriften Kurzgeschichten zu schreiben. Seinen ersten Roman, Player Piano (Das höllische System), veröffentlichte er 1952. Es folgten viele weitere Romane, u.a. The Sirens of Titan (1959) (Die Sirenen des Titan), Mother Night (1961) (Mutter Nacht), Cat's Cradle (1963) (Katzenwiege), God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1964) (Gott segne Sie, Mr. Rosewater), Welcome to the Monkey House (1968) (Geh zurück zu deiner lieben Frau), eine Sammlung von Kurzgeschichten, sowie Breakfast of Champions (1973) (Frühstück für Helden), Slapstick, or Lonesome No More (1976) (Slapstick), Jailbird (1979) (Galgenvogel), Deadeye Dick (1982) (Zielwasser), Galapagos (1985) (Galapagos), Bluebeard (1987) (Blaubart) und Hocus Pocus (1990) (Hokus Pokus oder wohin so eilig?). Während des Zweiten Weltkriegs geriet Vonnegut in deutsche Kriegsgefangenschaft und wurde Zeuge der Luftangriffe auf Dresden, eine Erfahrung, die er in seinem berühmtesten Werk, Slaughterhouse Five or The Children's Crusade(1969) (Schlachthof 5 oder der Kinderkreuzzug), verarbeitete. Außerdem veröffentlichte er einen Band mit Reden und Reportagen, Palm Sunday (1981) (Das Nudelwerk), sowie die autobiographische Collage Fates Worse than Death (1991) (Dann lieber gleich tot).

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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of his finest 17. Juli 2000
I've read lots of Vonnegut and frankly I thought this was one of his lesser works. Boy, was I wrong. Here we have Vonnegut at his most focused on a long time, tearing off page after page that will make you laugh and stop and think at the same time. The story is basically the autobiography of an obscure artist character in Breakfast of Champions, but here he turns Rabo into someone you might think is real, so does his humor and pain cascade off the page. He bounces back and forth between his past and his present at his mansion where he just wants to be left alone, in the great Vonnegut tradition (and he doesn't need time travel this time out), comparing and contrasting the worst moments of his life with the best and trying to figure out what it all means. To me, this is one of Vonnegut's most human novels, his sense of satire and wit are still apparent and sharp but the entire story isn't devoted to Vonnegut making some barbed point about us and society as a whole, it's there but there's more time put into having get to know Rabo has someone who might live down the street from us. I devoured this book and found myself satisified, even the long anticipated secret of what lies in the potato barn was well worth the suspense (and it really is), this is the most fun I've had with a Vonnegut book in long time. Probably one of his more obscure works, it deserves to be read along with his other classics. It may not reach those peaks but it comes darn close.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Vonnegut comes through again 23. Oktober 1999
Again, Vonnegut has come up with a work of literature that leaves the reader (or at least me) breathless and hungry for more of his brilliant work. In all honesty, the book did lose something partway through, and right up until the end I would have rated it only about a 3-1/2. But the ending of this book (as with Mother Night and other Vonnegut novels) was worth the entire book. The secret in the potato barn was incredible; it was everything I'd thought it would be, and more.
A superb book, definitely worth reading. It also made me realize (since this was one of the first Vonnegut books I'd read) how interconnected his books really are; Rabo dates back to "Breakfast of Champions," where the reader is almost compelled to dislike him. However, during the course of this book, not only did I end up liking Rabo, I found myself cheering for him, and even understanding him. A must-read for any Vonnegut fan, and even for those who don't have a Vonnegut fetish like I do. Brilliant.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Relaxing read and a great story 1. Juni 2000
This really is one of the best Vonnegut books I have read. I loved the simplistic story and straightforward plot, much easier to understand than Vonnegut's other books and the characters are more like real people making them much easier to relate to than a soldier who travels through time used in one of his other books for example. Mr. Vonnegut even has some realistic romance in this story, which makes it quite refreshing. Most of his other books portray romance as a human folly that always ends in tragedy (I can see his point but it's best to enjoy nice things while they last). I would highly recomend this book for anyone who loves Vonnegut or anyone who has hope for the human condition.
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Rabo Karabekian, a successful post-modernist artist of Armenian descent, struggles to create his autobiography while his present relationships evolve and his life's works and secrets are laid bare.
Karabekian is written in the same first person, reflective style of many of Vonnegut's creations. This somewhat aged character has always possessed tremendous artistic talent, which has led to his more memorable experiences. Estranged from many old friends and family, he attempts to catalog these in an autobiographical work. He meets a new, energetic woman-friend, who gives him a new perspective on life. Like the story-figure Bluebeard, his intriguing secret is the focus of much action in the story.
While the characters in the book are as developed and interesting as in many other Vonnegut works, the narration itself is laid out in an even more rambling style than usual.
Also, "Bluebeard" entertains while manifesting the simple bits of wisdom readers have grown to expect from Vonnegut.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen incredibly close to home 4. Oktober 1999
Von jrh
After reading other reviews of this book, I have come to the conclusion that it's a book for certain people, and those people love it to death, while the others find it a disappointment. Having said that, I must say that this is quite possibly the most moving book I have ever read. It is so much of an enigma to me as to what precise ingredients touch me so emotionally, but something in there spoke to me underneath the words. It's heartbreaking, beautiful, lonely, incredible, and as my title suggests, it hits, for me at least, incredibly close to home, as though I were a Rabo Karabekian in my last life. And, without giving it away, I thought the secret was, for lack of a better word, perfect.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Easily Vonnegut's best novel. 4. Mai 1999
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I have read every Vonnegut novel, from PLAYER PIANO right up to TIMEQUAKE, and I can honestly say that he is one of the most uneven writers around. For every brilliant CAT'S CRADLE there is an equally ludicrous SLAPSTICK. That being said, I believe BLUEBEARD to be his best work. The story is wonderfully involving without relying on gimmicks (like BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS), and the characters are marvellously drawn. I can also say that this novel involved me emotionally more than any other of his books. Not only do I consider it Vonnegut's best, but I would probably rate it among my personal favorites. Compelling and touching.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wahre Kunst
Bluebeard ist eines seiner besten Bücher. Wunderbar geschrieben und voller unglaublichen Ideen. Lesen Sie weiter...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen a good book with lots of character
This book was a wonderful satirical look into how foolish and trivial people can really be- Zen Master T
Am 12. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen The Potato Barn says it all.
I read this book at one sitting and was drawn in by the mysterious "thing" in the potato barn. When I got there, I wasn't disappointed. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 26. August 1999 veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen If you've never read Vonnegut, do NOT start with this book!
I've read and thoroughly enjoyed all of Vonnegut's other novels, but I found Bluebeard to be lacking in his usual brilliance. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 8. August 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Good. I mean...Great. or...wonderful...anyway, it's good.
I like it. That's about it. I like it a lot. You should read's definitely one of the best books I've ever read.
Am 15. Juni 1999 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Would be a 5 star for any other author.
The book was great, as almost all his stuff is. But....I didn't think it was worthy of five stars relative to his other works. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 24. Februar 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Really awesome
This was my first Vonnegut book ever and it was....geez it was good. I finished the book in almost a day (i would have finished it straight but i had to go to class and eat dinner... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 19. Februar 1999 veröffentlicht
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