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Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut
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Oct 12, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: novels, merkins
Read from October 12 to 15, 2010

Jailbird is a quintessentially Vonnegutian tale of rich-man guilt and the futility of capitalist America.

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 books always have a unique theme or thread running through them.

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message 1: by Catherine (new)

Catherine  Mustread Wow! You're speeding right through Vonnegut. I'm thinking of rereading him -- probably starting with Breakfast of Champions, then figure out which ones I haven't yet read.

message 2: by MJ (new) - rated it 4 stars

MJ Nicholls Yup! Catching up. BoC is awesome. They're all awesome. I'd happily read them all again. (Well, of the ones I've read so far...)

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