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Deadeye Dick by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
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Feb 21, 2009

really liked it
Read in February, 2009

Rudy Waltz' father went to Vienna before WWI, ostensibly for art school but mostly to live the life of a young expat gadabout. He didn't get into art school, and neither did another struggling young painter who became his friend. That painter's name was Adolf Hitler.

"Think of that: My father could have strangled the worst monster of the century, or simply let him starve or freeze to death. But he became his bosom buddy instead.

"That is my principal objection to life, I think: It is too easy, when alive, to make perfectly horrible mistakes."

And so begins the story of Rudy Waltz, or Deadeye Dick, as he becomes known after accidentally shooting a pregnant woman. It's the story of a hapless man, a hapless family, in a hapless town full of Hoovers and Hooblers and Sacred Miracle Caves and how the law of unintended consequences plays out again and again in their lives. And it's Vonnegut: touching, sad, funny, ironic, hopeful Vonnegut.

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