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am 18. Juni 2000
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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am 10. Februar 1999
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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am 29. April 2000
"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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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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am 24. Mai 1999
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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am 8. August 1999
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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am 30. Dezember 1998
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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am 12. Dezember 2014
What I really liked about this book is that a lot of modern problems are depicted although the book is quite old. Dark humour hides social criticism in plain view, but also true values are revealed and promoted. I love Vonnegut's style of writing, it really draws the reader in. Finished the book in one session, and this should be proof enough for its quality ;)
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am 24. September 1999
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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am 24. September 1999
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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