Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Author Delacorte Press $ (p) ISBN She soon has him writing his memoirs, which he titles Bluebeard; and it is a pearl of a book. Bluebeard, which came out in , was one of Vonnegut’s last Kurt Vonnegut, one of the most prolific if not best American writers of the. BLUEBEARD By Kurt Vonnegut. pp. New York: Delacorte Press. $ BY the high imaginative standards of Kurt Vonnegut at his best.

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Published by Dial Press Trade Paperback first published In the movies you seldom saw the babies who had done most of the heavy fighting on the ground in the war. What a horses ass huh?

This inability of high culture and low culture to reconcile themselves is evidenced in the lack of critical appreciation for Vonnegut. Is it possible to enjoy this book without first reading Breakfast of Champions?

The novel is the autobiography of an artist who has become a footnote in the history of Abstract Expressio Kurt Vonnegut wrote so many books that sometimes a real gem gets lost in the shuffle. But I think Kurt’s work has a depth Wes’ does not. Although born in America of immigrant Armenian parents, he is haunted by their close escape from the first genocide of the twentieth century, the massacre by the Turks of a million of their Armenian citizens.

Thanks for the kind words. I say this knowing full well that if some woman redirected my foyer without my permission, I, being the incorrigible year-old that I blubeeard, would probably not kurg it as well as Rabo does, all things considered! Full Cast and Crew. Also there is a considerable feminist theme.

But the thing that’s occupying my mind about the book right now is endings.

Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut

Rabo is utterly repulsed by the scarring around his missing eye, and always wears a patch. This shit was some mind-freeing stuff for me. His work reflected meat, but not soul, and that ultimately is the principal concern of the narrative. What makes the book so impressive—and so successful—is how Vonnegut manages to do this in such a pithy way: Vobnegut the widow Circe Berman turns up, and everything changes. There is a place where he uses a one-word sentence containing two letters, which says more than most writers can manage in a full chapter.


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It’s a darned big thing. Morse also said that Karabekian as a writer is very similar to Vonnegut as a writer, and that the criticism Circe Berman gives to Karabekian about his writing is a parallel to the issues critics have with Vonnegut’s writing.

There was a problem adding your email address. I loved “God Bless You Mr. One critic wrote that Rabo escapes the Survivor’s syndrome that his parents suffered from by painting “Now It’s the Women’s Turn. I have to commend Vonnegut for this, for he has created a book that raises important questions yet still leaves me curiously uplifted.

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Sep 14, Dave-O rated it really liked it Recommends it for: There are no “spectacular” moments that voonnegut up in the book, just life moments, some good and some bad. Broad humor and bitter irony collide in this fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, who, at age seventy-one, wants to be left alone on his Long Island estate with the secret he has locked inside his potato barn.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The potato barn is the home of Karabekian’s studio and holds his “secret”. Oh, my hero, Kurt. What is Rabo keeping in the huge potato barn on his larg One thing I’ve discovered is that people tend to have different favorites of Vonnegut’s work.

He’s famous for his paintings, you see: But here’s where I see their main differences, and I’m looking at their overall bodies of work for this; and, though I’m not worthy, forgive my audacity, I’m going to refer to them on a first name basis. With assistants to unroll one end and roll up the other, they urged all ambitious and able persons to abandon tired old Europe and lay claim to rich and beautiful properties in the Promised Land, which were practically theirs for the asking.


This is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. See all 3 questions about Bluebeard…. And then there’s the whole thing about forbidden rooms and curiosity To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

It is a unique text it varies greatly from the so called “Vonnegut style” and is a pretty conventional narrative that deals with many of the standard Vonnegut themes in a more easily accessible manner. Vonnegut does not give simple answers to this tension, but rather explores its ramifications on the process of writing.

In essence, they are both recognizing the fact that abstract expressionism has nothing to do with reality, but while Circe abhors its disconnectedness, Rabo takes shelter in it. I’ll always love Vonnegut, in a way for me he was my first real Mark Twain. Bluebeard is my favorite Vonnegut for one reason. When he reaches out to greet her, she catches him by surprise with the forward statement “Tell me how your parents died. He shares the lonely home with his live-in cook and her daughter, Celeste.

Good books gotta end sad. If you loved Slaughterhouse-Five but couldn’t find anothe Sarcastic and haunted by what he has experienced. Mostly because there really was no Happily Ever After for women at that time.