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Between Time and Timbuktu or Prometheus-5

3.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  681 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
An experimental television play composed of excerpts from Vonnegut's novels and stories, with photographs by Jill Krementz.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 15th 1972 by Delta (first published 1972)
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MJ Nicholls
For those who’ve worked their way through Kurt’s fourteen novels, five short story collections, four non-fiction collections and assorted insubstantial curios, your last act of barrel-scraping lies with his short-lived career as a playwright. Happy Birthday, Wanda June is your other option (or perhaps you’ve done that already? top of the class!) and sadly, in addition to an old novella from the 40s Basic Training, someone has released his COLLEGE NEWSPAPER work as an e-book in an act of madness ...more
Samantha
Apr 24, 2015 Samantha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Giving such a low rating to a Vonnegut book feels really wrong to me. But this is just his words and bits of his stories put together by somebody else for a television play so I can't feel too bad. The cover says it was written by him but the cover page says 'based on the materials by Kurt Vonnegut.' That cover tricked me. I found this in a used book store about two years ago and never got around to it until now. I remember feeling really excited because I had never heard of this book before (an ...more
John
May 30, 2016 John rated it did not like it
The unquestionable bottom of the Vonnegut barrel, this television screenplay cobbles together fragments of several novels and short stories to no evident purpose. To be fair, Vonnegut distances himself from this work by stating up front that: "The first draft of the script, most of which survived, was by David O'Dell." Despite this, Vonnegut's name, not Mr. O'Dell's, graces the cover, so Vonnegut must ultimately be held responsible for this train wreck. Two facts are telling: First, this book ha ...more
Erik Graff
May 01, 2012 Erik Graff rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vonnegut fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
Except for Vonnegut's introduction, this is pretty bad. I saw the teleplay with my father on Chicago's public television station, WTTW, in 1972 or thereabouts, then read the published screenplay while travelling by rail from Chicago to Michigan City, Indiana just over a week ago. The show worked at the time, the transcript of it doesn't except as a reminder of the original program and that only "worked" because it is virtually all taken, hodge-podge, from Vonnegut's beloved novels.
Justin Strangward
Feb 18, 2016 Justin Strangward rated it it was amazing
I love this book. I think everyone is wrong. To understand it, is to remember its a historical artefact. A rare jem, that lets you know how others saw Vonnegut books as he was writing them. Not the reviewers, his contempories. How much it meant to them. How they tried to make their idea of Vonnegut concrete. How they suceeded. How they failed.

Venus on a Halfshell is not going to be declared as some literary masterpiece. Nor is this. Though I wouldn't rid the world of either.

It reminds me of look
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Elliot Chalom
Jan 10, 2015 Elliot Chalom rated it liked it
This might have made for an interesting program back when it aired in 1973. I don't think it translates very well into a book (or at least, it wasn't adapted sufficiently to make it work as a book). The photos from the tv version don't add anything - you can't simply transcribe a tv program and throw some stills up on the pages and call it a book. It's still Vonnegut, so there's enough here to get you thinking and some funny and memorable lines, so it was worth the quick read as a completist. Ul ...more
Josh
Mar 08, 2012 Josh rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Vonnegut completists
So, if you read my review of "Mother Night," this is the Vonnegut book I recently found in a used book store in Philadelphia that I had never heard of. With good reason, it turns out.
Sorry to start this off sounding like Andy Rooney.
You might also remember from that review that I said it's nearly impossible to give anything by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr less than 4 stars. But this is, essentially, NOT a Kurt Vonnegut book. It is the script for the teleplay of the same name (redundant? maybe. deal with it
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Edmund Davis-Quinn
Jan 07, 2015 Edmund Davis-Quinn rated it liked it
Shelves: library
Definitely an intriguing teleplay with a lot of Cat's Cradle references. Very curious how the actual television show is. The images really help bring you into the teleplay. Fast read while getting an oil change.
Mark Volain
Feb 09, 2015 Mark Volain rated it really liked it
Perfect book for me. Puts two things I love - Vonnegut and television - together. Fun story.
Na
May 04, 2016 Na rated it it was ok
The show may be better. I don't think they captured the humor in the book.
Ro Cepellos
Jun 11, 2010 Ro Cepellos rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Vonnegut fans, screenplay lovers.
Recommended to Ro by: The bookshelf at my school library.
Being familiar with a good deal of the works sampled herein, I was delighted at the re-imagining and re-combining of old favorites, and I found the photographic accompaniments enthralling if not always illuminating.

Very quick read (less than four hours), depending on how lost you get in the photos. Definitely a work I will re-visit from time to time.


As a side note, I love that you can now note the date you STARTED a book as well as the date you ended it!
Melinda
May 01, 2010 Melinda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: science fiction geeks
Recommended to Melinda by: my dad
I read this in high school and it is one of 2 books that I still own from that period of my life. I think my copy is quite valuable, but I should get it appraised. It's funny, irreverent and if you can find a copy I am pretty sure it is an expanded story from Welcome to the Monkey House. It's also a teleplay with pictures from the movie.
Allan Cronin
Jan 24, 2012 Allan Cronin rated it really liked it
This is a strange one. It's a pastiche of various Vonnegut stories that was made into a strange film for PBS. It has all the makings of a cult classic but, sadly, the movie was never released on any format that I know. That said the book is very funny and, if you love Vonnegut you can't help but be entertained.
Alan Michael Wilt
Nov 09, 2012 Alan Michael Wilt rated it it was amazing
This is not one that reads especially well--it was a teleplay for a PBS production back in the mid-1970s, a production that was more than memorable but is now almost impossible to find except on pirate sites. Worth looking for, but don't download a virus...
thos.
Nov 28, 2009 thos. rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
a teleplay mash-up of the text from various vonnegut novels. just read the source material instead.
Madison Hewett
Aug 03, 2012 Madison Hewett marked it as to-read
Shelves: vonnegut, fiction, plays
Actually a script, but whatever.
Allyson
Interesting screenplay...
David
Apr 30, 2011 David rated it it was ok
Shelves: cleanskin
so so
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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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