The Eden Express
The first 70 pages of this 214 page book were pretty slow, and barely interesting. They mainly describe Mark's post graduate life, his relationship with his girlfriend, his deep involvement with the hippie community, and his creating a commune in British Columbia. The writing during this first thir ...more
I find that it’s hard to review books when you love them completely and want to buy copies for everyone you know. I end up just wanting to say read it read it read it — which probably isn’t very useful in a review.
Mark Vonnegut is Kurt Vonnegut’s son, but as that ...more
I say it was hard for me to read because I have had two people close to me go nuts.
All his ramblings reminded me so much of my friend's breakdown that I had to skip around because I couldn't take it.
It really brought back a lot of feelings I went through while trying to help my friend and family member.
It is not a fun or pleasant thing to go through for anyone, and if you read this and have no experience with a schizo, you may understand just a l ...more
Mark was an idealistic, just-out-of-college hippie who thought starting a commune in British Columbia was a great idea. He was just trying to do the best he knew ho ...more
Sometimes it was hard for me to read and relate to the hippiedom that he was describing, so the reading was a bit slow at the start, but reading further in the book, i wished i had cherished that part more because it got stressful fast (but difficult to put ...more
This really puts a different spin on Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and makes him one of the many artists where I separate my love for the art from any appreciation for the man!
The first half of this book Is just Mark Vonnegut describing life after college on his hippie commune with his hippie college friends and although the writing wasn't terrible, I had to push myself through because it was a pretty boring. I found myself thinking, "come on, just go crazy already!!"
And then it h ...more
speaking, in this novel, I never got bored. M. Vonnegut's writing style reminds me especially of John Fante's (which is unusual), enough so as to seem deliberate, but not imitative. This novel is similar enough to Behrmen's "Electroboy", like a prehistoric version, that if I was still in grad school, I'd've combined the two reviews in one paper. Vonnegut's acce ...more
This story of Mark's life starts ...more
This autobiographical work (sole book by Vonnegut Jr. as far as I know) provides a good glimpse into schizophrenia, but is perhaps equally valuable as a contemporary portrait of hippie life, culture & philosophy by a participant. He indicts hippie culture to some ...more
Recommended for: those interested in what happens to people developing a mental illness
Basically, the reason you should read this book is because it's so bizarre and spell-binding. Reminiscent of the late 60s, early 70s. Amazingly well written first-person perspective.
Non quello che è stato prigioniero a Dresda durante la Seconda guerra mondiale.
Non quello che ci ha lasciato quasi un anno fa, probabilmente per Trafalmadore.
Non Kurt, ma Mark, suo figlio.
Mark che ha mollato tutto (anche lui, non si esce dal filone) per fondare una comune nella British Columbia e a un certo punto è semplicemente impazzito.
Non nel modo carino in cui pensiamo che impazzirebbe un hippie, ma come tutti quelli in cui un bel giorno la schizofrenia si svegli...more