I have always been a big fan of Kurt Vonnegut, one of the grandmasters of American letters, and I too am glad that he broke his promise and wrote one more book – A Man Without A Country (that’s how I feel sometimes – as do many expats).
I know I would not do it justice if I were to try to summarize/review what is in this collection of mini-memoirs – but I wanted to quote a few passages to give you a taste of what to expect:
“But I am now eighty-two. Thanks a lot, you dirty rats. The last thing I ever wanted was to be alive when the three most powerful people on the whole planet would be named Bush, Dick and Colon.”
Or when he writes:
” I apologize to all of you who are the same age as my grandchildren…They like you, are being royally shafted and lied to by our Baby Boomer corporations and government.”
“Albert Einstein and Mark Twain gave up on the human race at the end of their lives…Like my distinct betters Einstein and Twain, I now give up on people too…”
Not all is dark in this most recent book – every now and again you can still see signs of the all too typical Vonnegut humor.
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