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Slapstick (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Kurt Vonnegut
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Dr. Wilbur Daffodil-11 Swain, centenarian, the last President of the United States, King of Manhattan, and one-half (along with his sister, Eliza) of the most powerful intelligence since Einstein, is penning his autobiography. He occupies the first floor of a ruined Empire State Building and lives like a royal scavenger with his illiterate granddaughter and her beau. Buffeted by fluctuating gravity, the U.S. has been scourged by not one, but two lethal diseases: the Green Death and the Albanian Flu. Consequently, the country has fallen into civil war. (Super-intelligent, miniaturized Chinese watch the West self-destruct from the sidelines.) Swain stayed at the White House until there were no citizens left to govern, then moved to deserted New York City, where he writes a thoughtful missive before death.

In Slapstick, Vonnegut muses on war, man's hubris, and the awful, crippling loneliness humans are freighted with--but, miraculously, the book still manages to delight and amuse. Absurd, knowing, never depressing, Slapstick kindles hope--for the possibility of wisdom, perhaps; for human resiliency, surely.

It's best to end with a quote from the prologue wherein the author discourses on The Meaning of It All, or at least This Book: "Love is where you find it. I think it is foolish to go off looking for it, and I think it can often be poisonous.
I wish that people who are conventionally supposed to love each other would say to each other, when they fight, 'Please--a little less love, and a little more common decency.'"
Amen.

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Dr. Wilbur Daffodil-11 Swain, centenarian, the last President of the United States, King of Manhattan, and one-half (along with his sister, Eliza) of the most powerful intelligence since Einstein, is penning his autobiography. He occupies the first floor of a ruined Empire State Building and lives like a royal scavenger with his illiterate granddaughter and her beau. Buffeted by fluctuating gravity, the U.S. has been scourged by not one, but two lethal diseases: the Green Death and the Albanian Flu. Consequently, the country has fallen into civil war. (Super-intelligent, miniaturized Chinese watch the West self-destruct from the sidelines.) Swain stayed at the White House until there were no citizens left to govern, then moved to deserted New York City, where he writes a thoughtful missive before death.

In Slapstick, Vonnegut muses on war, man's hubris, and the awful, crippling loneliness humans are freighted with--but, miraculously, the book still manages to delight and amuse. Absurd, knowing, never depressing, Slapstick kindles hope--for the possibility of wisdom, perhaps; for human resiliency, surely.

It's best to end with a quote from the prologue wherein the author discourses on The Meaning of It All, or at least This Book: "Love is where you find it. I think it is foolish to go off looking for it, and I think it can often be poisonous.
I wish that people who are conventionally supposed to love each other would say to each other, when they fight, 'Please--a little less love, and a little more common decency.'"
Amen.


Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1306 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 290 Seiten
  • Verlag: RosettaBooks (21. August 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005IHWCF6
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.8 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (16 Kundenrezensionen)
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Mehr über den Autor

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 My favorite of Vonnegut's works 18. Juni 2000
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Vonnegut himself said he couldn't decide if this book was his worst - or his best.
I love this one and it's my favorite Vonnegut book.
In it he actually discusses his own life a good bit, and his relationship with his sister, with whom he was very close. I felt like I had a much better idea of who Vonnegut is after reading this one.
The two main characters are very engaging, and the story is classic Vonnegut -- you gotta love people despite all their faults. The story is post-Apocalyptic, as so many of his stories are, but it has a more positive feel to it than many of them, despite the poor circumstances the people are in.
The message that life goes on is a hopeful one. I found the relationship between the main characters to be very thought-provoking. I think the critics vilified this one when it was first published, and I can't say that if you like Vonnegut you'll love this one -- because even some of his fans didn't like this one so much.
But if you like the idea of 2 soulmates being better together than they are separately, and if you've a fondness for the idiosyncracies of geniuses, you might like this one as much as I did.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen blech. You can only go so far over the top 10. Februar 1999
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it's not a good sign that Vonnegut writes that this is one of his most autobiographical and then goes to create on of the most annoyingly self-satisfied characters in any of his stories. Also i don't see the brilliance in all this chaos, and in creating characters who are the most ugly and the most brilliant, etc, like the extremity automatically indicates originality. a poorly articulated politcal fantasy only grates on me more and if I hadn't read jailbird after the one two punch to my intelligence of this book and "breakfast" i may have given up on vonnegut altogether. before I was halfway through i knew I 'd end the book not caring about any of it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A very eccentric style 29. April 2000
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"SLAPSTICK OR LONESOME NO MORE," by Kurt Vonnegut is a great satirical and weird story of two ugly twins named Eliza Mellon Swain and Wilbur Rockefeller Swain, who after being parted by their parents and not seeing each other in a long time, went berserk in the reunion. Ironically, neither Eliza nor Wilbur were expected to be intelligent or live more than 14 years old, but who would say that Wilbur would turn out to be the president of the U.S.A. and meet with the king of Michigan. And that Eliza would die at the age of 50 in an avalanche on the outskirts of the chinese colony on the planet Mars. This is a great story put into a bizarre way because "it's the closest thing that Vonnegut will ever come to an autobiography and the way he feels towards life."
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Review or Why I Liked This Book 3. Juni 2000
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This book follows the life of a disfigured mutant ,who becomes president, and his sister, and is as rich in ideas as it is in humor. It's a Plato's Republic for our time.
If you are interested in the world of ideas, interested in better understanding human relationships, and have a mind open to things which you don't agree with, then this book, like the rest of Vonnegut and literature in general, is something you should take a look at.
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This string of lewd, offensive, scarileges classifies as pure blasphemy. It defied all of the principles of a good Christian up-bringing. I have never seen such outrignt abuse of the English language. It was the most humane novel I've read. I loved it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen My favorite Vonnegut novel! 8. August 1999
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Although I feel that Mr. Vonnegut would be appalled (if he even cares), Slapstick is my favorite of all his novels. I've read every single one of them and though I find others to be more brilliant and substantive (i.e. Cat's Cradle, Breakfast of Champions, Slaughterhouse Five), I just have a soft spot for this one. It's funny, observant, and wildly entertaining. The author's preface is even great. I first read this book 12 years ago... I've probably read it about 3 times a year since then.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen MICROSCOPIC CHINESE? 30. Dezember 1998
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Kurt Vonnegut out-did himself with SLAPSTICK. All of his books are of the highest literary quality, but this one is amazing in it's scope and irreverance. It seems to take nothing seriously, but manages to keep you interested with its interesting (and amusing) twists. Freakish twin geniuses, microscopic Chinese, pyramids of garbage, fluctuating gravity, trips to Mars, and the end of civilization. What more could you ask for in a book?
ThE MiGhTy In FoRt WaYnE
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5.0 von 5 Sternen LEARN HOW TO READ 24. September 1999
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Several of the reviews I have read on this book portray it as a work of wit without reason. The most significant social statement in this book is it's emphasis on community and our collective lack of (it). Anyone who is not shocked with this work's social accuracy either hasn't read vonnegut before , or is a little wet behind the ears when it comes to life.
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Love is where you find it. I think it is foolish to go looking for it, and I think it can often be poisonous. I wish that people who are conventionally supposed to love each other would say to each other, when they fight, Pleasea little less love, and a little more common decency. &quote;
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The museums in childrens minds, I think, automatically empty themselves in times of utmost horrorto protect the children from eternal grief. &quote;
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Eliza and I believed then what I believe even now: That life can be painless, provided that there is sufficient peacefulness for a dozen or so rituals to be repeated simply endlessly. &quote;
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