Mar 04, 09
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Read in March, 2009, read count: 1
I love Vonnegut. He mixes it up so thoroughly and effectively: religion, philosophy, humanity, existentialism, science fiction. Few authors come close to paralleling his brand of humor and satire and gravity, all wrapped up in a single package.
This is good, solid book. His prose is fairly easy to read, and the insane number of "chapters" (one every two pages or so) shortens the length a bit.
The book is filled with great memorable one-liners:
--"Americans . . . are forever searching for love in forms it never takes, in places it can never be." (97)
--"What makes you think a writer isn't a drug salesman?" (153)
--"There is love enough in this world for everybody, if people will just look." (18)
--"'It's a small world.' [. . .:] 'When you put it in a cemetery it is.'" (64)
--"how complicated and unpredictable the machinery of life really is" (66)
--"the unity in every second of all time and all wandering mankind, all wandering womankind, all wandering children" (73)
--"In this world, you get what you pay for." (128)
Those are just some of the ones that stuck with me. He has some other good ones regarding love and God/life and writers/writing. A good man he was, a good and clever man.