The prose was classic Vonnegut, light, fast paced and strangely hilarious. I look at Vonnegut as many look upon their grandfathers. There are the same corny jokes you've come to expect and despite their corniness you can't help but laugh and be pleased with them.
Jailbird was particularly interesting and at the same time confusing for me. The tale g...more
What did I learn from this book?
Apparently that whole Sacco and Vanzetti thing was as important as that graphic novel I read about the wobblies said, it must have been because Vonnegut constantly references it throughout the book, according to the index at least a dozen times. Who puts an i...more
Perhaps if I had read a book or two of his in my younger days, or chosen a different title for m...more
When I was a senior in high school, I was introduced to Vonnegut and proceeded to read everything the man had...more
The story is most effective when dealing with Walter's love interests. Vonnegut captures the intensity and importance of relationships like no other writer, by stretching them throughout life, showing how love endures more than money or career success. He does this, of course, with dollops of sentimental irony.
I think "sentimental ironist" isn't a bad summation of Vonnegut's style, though his...more
There were several things that made me fall in love with this story, which actually not my standard f...more
က်ဳပ္ေတြးၾကည့္တာ၊ အဆိုးဆံုးကေတာ့ လူျပတ္...more
The book is a great collection of character interactions, as the protagonist reconnects with several people from his past life, as well as people in the new, dispassionate world in which he finds himself.
Through the actions and thoughts...more
Which means - mind you - that 'Jailbird' is still a good book.
There is a certain melancholic Shawshank Redemption-like feeling here and I've found the pages about Sacco & Vanzetti to be particularly touching and interesting. The weather sympathises.
A sentimental novel imbibed of heavyweight topics such as the Watergate, McCarthysm, civil rights, fight against the corporations and much more.
Any other novelist would have either made a mess out...more
In Jailbird, as in all of his...more
I can't tell why Vonnegut wrote this one. He wrote a longer, more traditional novel here, and yet there seems to be very little actual story after the first third of the novel or so. The rest is just a bunch of tangentially related encounters that totally failed to grip me.
Part of the problem, I think,...more
I've read them all, but the "minor" Vonnegut novels always get tangled in my memory so I try to cycle through them all once in a while. It's different every time as I get older, of course, and this was my third and deepest reading of Jailbird yet. Made much more sense and was more enjoyable. Another fine example of the way Vonnegut loves to play with time.
I loved the passage between past and present and the rewriting of American history. Nobody does it better thAn Vonnegut.
It turns out that my favorite line in this book is non-fiction. See, if you dig around for the story of Sacco and Vanzetti, you’ll find that all the little lege...more
He gave me the key, which I later discovered would open practically every door in the hotel. I thanked him, and I made a small mistake we irony collectors often make: I tried to share an irony with a stranger. It can’t be done. I told him I had been in the Arapahoe before—in Nineteen-hundred and Thirty-one. He was not interested.
— p. 165
I found the book to be characteristic of Vonnegut in that it is f...more
Jailbird delivers a convoluted story with outlandish characters that backdrop to the infamous Sacco and Vanzetti trial and the Watergate scand...more
Billed as the story of a convicted Watergate man, I was expecting a spin on the nature of politics and trickery, whereas this was focusing more so on the re-entry into society of a man who once held communis...more
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...more