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Welcome to the Monkey House

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  41,390 Ratings  ·  1,438 Reviews
Includes Adam; All the King's Horses; D. P.; Deer in the Works; Epicac; Euphio Question; Foster Portfolio; Go Back to Your Precious Wife and Son; Harrison Bergeron; Hyannis Port Story; Kid Nobody Could Handle; Lie; Long Walk to Forever; Manned Missiles; Miss Temptation; More Stately Mansions; New Dictionary; Next Door; Report on the Barnhouse Effect; Tom Edison's Shaggy Do ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 308 pages
Published 1998 by Dell (first published 1968)
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Lyn
Jul 12, 2012 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut is a collection of short stories from the 50s and 60s and demonstrates Vonnegut’s tremendous range as a writer.

I have read one critic who did not like Vonnegut, saying that all of his novels are essentially the same, with his voice and tone narrating each new set of facts. I agreed somewhat, but still liked the way he writes and have enjoyed every one of his works I have read. The stories in this collection, however, written earlier than most of his
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Manny
Dec 20, 2008 Manny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The world is overpopulated, and they have Ethical Suicide Parlors, where public minded citizens are encouraged to go in and get a lethal injection from the attractive hostesses. There's a big thermometer outside, showing how many people there currently are in the world.

So the guy comes in, and he's chatting with the hostess. He wants to know how much the mercury will go down if he decides to do it. A foot?

No, she says.

An inch?

Not quite, she says.

Suddenly, he changes his tone. Every inch, he says
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Brian Yahn
Sep 18, 2014 Brian Yahn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to the Monkey House is the best collection of stories I've read.

Rating it accurately is as difficult as ever. Should it be based off of the best stories? Or all of them? I don't know.

What I do know is: Harrison Bergeron, Welcome to the Monkey House, Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, EPICAC, Where I Live, and The Euphio Question are some of the best shorts ever written.

Much like Vonnegut's other novels, they're strangely scientific with quirky characters, great dialogue, and plenty of c
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Tracey
Sep 05, 2007 Tracey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Previously read June 2003 (among many other times)

Like many offbeat/outcast teens, I went through a Vonnegut phase - and am glad to say I never completely recovered. I would heartily recommend Welcome to the Monkey House for anyone new to Vonnegut's body of work, as it covers basically the first two decades of his career (and IMHO, the best years)

It contains an honest-to-goodness love story - "Long Walk to Forever" that always makes me sniffle a little. Then there's the familiarly sardonic "Rep
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seak
Feb 19, 2011 seak rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, audio
Vonnegut does a wonderful job with a short story and while most stories were "okay" to "yeah, I liked it I guess", it's definitely worth it for the few 4 to 5 star ratings.

"Where I Live" (Venture- Traveler’s World, October 1964) - 2/5 Kinda boring and no real plot. Just meandering
"Harrison Bergeron" (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October 1961) - 5/5 Loved this one - science fiction - Handicapping people so everything is fair and no one can take unfair advantage because of their lo
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Kaethe
Jun 03, 2009 Kaethe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1982 January 6
2014 October 3

Where I Live - Keenly observed. I wonder what an update would be like 50 years on?

Harrison Bergeron - This one has aged a bit, but it's still good.

Who Am I This Time? - I vividly recall the American Playhouse production with Susan Sarandon and Christopher Walken. Magic.

Welcome to the Monkey House - Likewise aged, not that there aren't people who would be delighted to see the sex drive killed for everyone else, but those people tend not to be in favor of birth control
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Brierly
Dec 26, 2016 Brierly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I spent over three months with this book, never reading more than one story per day. I have read selections of Vonnegut, including parts of Player Piano and "Harrison Bergeron," but this was my first cover-to-cover read. I love the guy. Something about his writing is so believable to me. I rarely have difficulty stepping into his POV.

Welcome to the Monkey House is a bit of a hodgepodge collection, jumping from sci-fi to articles suited for Ladies Home Journal. Some of the stories, naturally, are
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Dan
Mar 11, 2009 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could write a long review and talk about every short story in this collection, but I'm not going to do that. There are just too many good stories in this collection. My personal favorite was probably "Harrison Bergeron" but I would have to think about that. It's not necessary that I have a "favorite" per se, but my mind just works that way.

If you're a Vonnegut fan, you've probably read this. If you've never read Vonnegut, give it a shot. It's a great way to start your journey into his mind. He
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Anatoly
This was a nice collection of short stories dwelling on a lot of different themes added with Vonnegut's personal view which is evident in them. Although most of the stories were quite good, I found myself enjoying those who were practically SF the most, which is were at least by my opinion Vonnegut is in his best.
Elyse
Apr 18, 2014 Elyse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This man was a genius!!!! And ---a loving Husband -father! One heck of a decent human being!!!

A few stories were soooooooooooooooooo good, that I was wishing I could 'go-back' and change a few things about my College days. I would have loved to be talking about this book in a College Class. I'm ready now!!!!!

I'm really happy I won this book. I could have missed it. THANK YOU --THANK YOU ---THANK YOU ---to whom ever 'picked' my name as a 'first read'.

I enjoyed reading other reviews --early this
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Evan
This collection of early short stories, mostly from the 1950s, displays Vonnegut's versatility--of subject matter, theme, and style; and also his grasping for an identifiable, unique personal style. At this point, he already is a mature, assured writer. Except for possibly "The Manned Missiles" (which nonetheless has the same clever twist ending as many of the other stories in this collection) all of the stories in this compilation are great. Vonnegut's command of narrative and descriptive detai ...more
Daavid
25 Stories. Average rating: 3.32

Interesting stories. Mostly General fiction, while some are SF. Good language and writing style. Most of the stories were however either just good [3-stars (13 stories)] or okay [2-stars (4 stories)]. Seven stories though, very much stood out for me.

5-stars
Who Am I This Time : When a characterless actor plays a character with extreme intensity in the theater, he finds a woman falling in love with these characters. Thinking what its advantages are, by the end of
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MJ Nicholls
This collection, along with Bagombo Snuff Box, collects short stories from Vonnegut’s time writing for the glossies, dailies and slicks. The pieces range from speculative fiction to standard romance fare, each only hinting at the greatness he would achieve as a novelist. He wrote these for money, no doubt about it, and although several spar with some of his Big Stuff, they lack the scathing black humour, wild absurdity and heartbreaking pathos of . . . hmm, well, start at The Sirens of Titan and ...more
Josh
Sep 18, 2013 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
I think Vonnegut's best talent as a writer is his knack for stripping away the gap between facade and reality. He loves to sketch out characters that are (or simply seem) amazingly rich or powerful or charismatic. Then he breaks their circumstances down such that they're stuck with only their base humanity, and they have to confront themselves as they really are. How degrading to find out how much you're just like everyone else!
Koltukname
Romanlarıyla tanınan Vonnegut'un bütün öykülerini içeren bu kitap, son yıllarda okuduğum en iyi kitaplardan biri. Vonnegut külliyatında benim için Mezbaha No. 5 ve Şampiyonların Kahvaltısı'ndan sonra üçüncü sırada yer alacak.
Anca
PS: - povestirea cea mai impresionanta (greu cuvantul pentru niste povestiri prin excelenta impresionante si surprinzatoare) e pentru mine, de departe, Toti caii regelui, despre cum e sa ai in maini viata celorlalti si sentimentul de-a fi la moftul cuiva, gandire limpede in tensiune, thriller in toata puterea cuvantului, ca la PROTV.

- mi-a placut in mod deosebit Colectia de primavara-iarna, despre o lume utopica(?) in care oamenii pot invata sa-si paraseasca corpurile, pricina tuturor nazurilor
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Justin
Aug 19, 2007 Justin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I heard once from an old English teacher that the hardest pieces to write are short stories and short films. To develop a plot and characters in a short and constricted time frame requires no small amount of skill. There's no room to waste words and phrases; to do so would turn your short story into a novella. Poe was great at it. And I feel Vonnegut was great at it too.

Welcome to the Monkey House has been a favorite book of mine for a long time. I may have inadvertently acquired this copy from
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Alan Chen
Sep 23, 2016 Alan Chen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The thing about Vonnegut is that he's such a good storyteller and satirist that you forget he's a moralist and the valid points he makes about modern society. This collection of 25 stories were originally published in magazines between the mid 50s to the mid 60s. They're a mixture of science fiction, wartime epics, and romantic vignettes. They range in topics that seem diverse (war, overpopulation, aging, romance, family) but at its core they all make one central point (which rings true for all ...more
britt_brooke
Some stories are 3-star, many are 5-star. Overall, this is an insanely good collection. Here are my favorites:

• Harrison Bergeron
• Welcome to the Monkey House
• Tom Edison's Shaggy Dog
• The Euphio Question
• EPICAC

Vonnegut always brings the satire, wit, and speculation.
Caitlyn
Dec 02, 2015 Caitlyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, fiction
I finished this last night and I loved it. I don't have time to get down a real review because I have a concert to go to but I'll do my best to do it as soon as possible!
Saif Saeed
Dec 08, 2012 Saif Saeed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's 25 stories in this book, all very short. When an American writer says short stories he means it, none of that novella crap here. I'll try to keep this review short too.

I wanted to give this three stars but I really couldn't bring myself to do that with stories like Harrison Bergeron, Report on the Barnhouse Effect and The Euphio Question collected here. Vonnegut builds worlds and encapsulates the essence of an idea in 7-15 pages, and there's quite a few stories in here that are philosoph
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Alan
Sep 25, 2013 Alan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the 70s I taught this at community colleges, and it was wildly popular--the three scifi pieces on future overpopulation, or taking the joy out of sex ("ethical birth control") astute. The Cape Cod autobiographical shorts are wonderful views of an enviable past--the Yacht Club on the Bay side that is barely a shed, etc. My students could talk about this book for days, and did--though I never came up with paper assignments that evoked their best writing. Not sure why. Maybe Vonnegut's own prose ...more
Ryan
In my mind, Kurt Vonnegut is the writerly equivalent to an eccentric, sarcastic, but kindly old uncle, the one you can always count on to take the stuffing out of your more puffed-up, less agile-minded relatives at family Christmas parties, while giving you a sly wink. In an important way, he was a voice for America in the 1950s and 60s, both a counterpoint to and a commenter on "mainstream" attitudes. He could do zaniness, anger, sorrow, and gentleness equally well.

This collection is a fine int
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David
Jul 21, 2010 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, favorites
Aseara dupa ce am intrat in posesia cartii, mi-am spus "hai sa vad cum incepe". Am citit prefata (semnata de autor) si nu m-am mai oprit pina nu am terminat primele 5 povestiri, printre care si Harrison Bergeron o scurta distopie de tip orwellian, absolut tulburatoare, de care eram interesat in mod deosebit dupa ce am vazut ecranizarea-i superba in filmul de 25 de minute, 2081.

In mare, filmul respecta povestea, dar, nu reuseste sa redea latura ironica existenta in povestire — un amanunt nesemni
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Annalisa
Oct 13, 2007 Annalisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy science fiction
This was a summer reading assignment for me in high school and I remember being hooked by Vonnegut's social satire. I loved his imaginative stories, humor, and slightly sci-fi plots to portray human pitfalls. The book left we pondering considerably and hungry for more Vonnegut and I soon read every one of his novels. Recently I reread the collection of short stories and it wasn't the amazing book I remember from my youth, many of his warnings about humanity are old news now. But as a youth I was ...more
Jaye Donnelly
Oct 10, 2014 Jaye Donnelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorites were: The manned missiles, unready to wear, the lie, next door and all the king's horses! All of the short stories were good; I didn't read any that I didn't like.
Dan
Oct 14, 2016 Dan rated it really liked it
This book, published a year before Slaughterhouse Five, collects short stories written early in Vonnegut's career. In it you'll find an author perhaps exercising his range or perhaps searching for his voice. There's quite a bit of tonal variety from piece to piece, and some of the stories seem a bit half-formed or tossed-off, but even the least of them still has a nugget of Vonnegutty goodness. There's a strain of Cold War-era anti-communist sentiment running through some of these stories that s ...more
Cathi Davis
Jul 26, 2012 Cathi Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read any Vonnegut for a long time. So when this was the kindle deal of the day, I thought, why not? Glad I reread it. I knew I liked his writing style, but this just refreshed the thought. He is good. This is a collection of short stories, from various publications. Some are dated and quaint. You can't help but giggle out loud at his sense of humor, perhaps even more appealing today in the face of so much "serious" fiction.
An example from "Where I live"--
"So he went down the narrow ya
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Kathleen
I love Kurt Vonnegut. Slaughter House Five consistently makes the list of my top ten favorite novels and Ice-nine consistently makes the list of my top ten favorite doomsday devices. However, if I didn't love Kurt Vonnegut, I would have dropped this book the moment I read the titular story and never looked back.

TW: Rape (view spoiler)
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Patdmac7
Dec 10, 2009 Patdmac7 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to the Monkey House - Kurt Vonnegut

One foot in front of the other - through leaves, over bridges. 56

A chance is a girl. You smile at her, you be friendly, you be glad she's a girl. ... If men are nice to me and make me happy, I kiss them sometimes. 87

...if folks would swallow their self-respect and pride, there wouldn't be any more divorces. 129

But I can tell you now, darling - it's awfully hard for a woman to admire a man who actually doesn't do anything. 159

That's a mistake (to think).
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Kurt Vonnegut, Junior was an American novelist, satirist, and most recently, graphic artist. He was recognized as New York State Author for 2001-2003.

He was born in Indianapolis, later the setting for many of his novels. He attended Cornell University from 1941 to 1943, where he wrote a column for the student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun. Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journali
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