- Taschenbuch: 192 Seiten
- Verlag: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; Auflage: New edition (23. Februar 1978)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0586040129
- ISBN-13: 978-0586040126
- Verpackungsabmessungen: 17,6 x 11 x 1,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 18 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 3.091.283 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Slapstick, or Lonesome No More (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 23. Februar 1978
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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. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
"The non-stop invention, the jokes and clowning are in the familiar Vonnegut tradition" (Daily Telegraph)
"Wittily and engagingly written " (Guardian)
"A brilliant wacky ideas-monger" (Observer)
"A cool writer, at once throwaway and passionate and very funny" (Financial Times)
"One of the master alchemists of modern American fiction" (Sunday Times) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
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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.
ThE MiGhTy In FoRt WaYnE
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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