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A Man Without a Country

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  32,318 Ratings  ·  2,097 Reviews
A Man Without a Country is Kurt Vonnegut’s hilariously funny and razor-sharp look at life ("If I die--God forbid--I would like to go to heaven to ask somebody in charge up there, ‘Hey, what was the good news and what was the bad news?"), art ("To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it."), politics ("I asked former Yankees p ...more
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Published January 4th 2011 by Seven Stories Press (first published 2005)
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Jul 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On April 11, 2007 ,at around 6am, I awoke to NPR news announcing that Kurt Vonnegut had passed away.
Normally I would just go back to sleep, but I popped out of bed and went to my computer to confirm that it was really true (because you know how NPR gives false information all the time and shit).
Then my next thought was to go to Half Priced books and buy every Kurt Vonnegut book there.
So I set my alarm for 9am so I could make sure I was there when they opened the doors because I didn't want to h
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Lyn
Mar 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A while back another writer, a reviewer, a critic, or whatever we are called, described a Kurt Vonnegut novel as another fun visit with Uncle Kurt. I really liked that description and have since plagiarized that avuncular idea to denote reading a Vonnegut book.

Like another of my favorites, Robert A. Heinlein, who has also been described as a crazy old uncle you run into at a reunion, Uncle Kurt can make you laugh, make you a little uncomfortable, and most of all make you think.

A Man Without A
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Darwin8u
Dec 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
"As long as there is a lower class. I am in it.
As long as there is a criminal element, I'm of it.
As long as there is a soul in prison, I am not free."

-- Eugene Debs, Quoted in Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

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We use humor to dull the pain. We use drugs too, but humor often costs less and last longer. I think one of the reasons I've been so drawn to Vonnegut the last couple weeks is our recent election. Vonnegut almost seems to be a Rosetta Stone for our times. He wrote this, his last book,
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seak
Feb 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I think it's a rule that you have to quote Vonnegut if you review his work. I've been bad about it in the past, but this book is essentially just a quotable book. What better time to start. :)

Some of my favorite quotes from A Man Without a Country:

"Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college."

"There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I don'
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Madeleine
And if I should ever die, God forbid, I hope you will say "Kurt is up in heaven now." That's my favorite joke.

In a country that gets its feathers ruffled beyond all rational allowance should one commit the hell-worthy trespass of bidding someone else of unknown spiritual beliefs an all-encompassing, meant-to-convey-well-wishings-without-presumption "Happy holidays" and thus betray one's role as a covert hippie cog in the heathen machine that's making a religious majority feel increasingly insecu
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FeReSHte
من کورت ونه گات را دوست دارم
و با این حال با عرض شرمندگی هنووووز "سلاخ خانه ی شماره پنج" ش رو نخوندم
پ.ن: بالاخره خوندمش

این اثر، داستان نیست. گونه ای از بازگویی خاطرات نویسنده س به سبک غیرمعمول خاص خودش ولی بیشتر از خاطرات، طرزفکر ونه گات رو راجع به خیلی چیزها عیان می کنه. ونه گات مثل یه بابابزرگ پیر طناز دوست داشتنی تا دلتون بخواد به جون جرج بوش غر میزنه و به عنوان کهنه سربازی در جنگ جهانی دوم، سیاست های جنگ طلبانه و سلطه گرانه و دروغگوی امریکا رو زیر سوال می بره
( کتاب سال 2005 منتشر شد که همزما
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Paria:D
مرد بي وطن
در كنار رمان هاي گوناگون، گاهي خواندن چنين كتاب هايي كه حاصل يك عمر تجربه ي مردي دنياديده است،بد نيست. مثل اين است كه به پاي حرف هاي پيرمردي بنشيني و اجازه بدهي هرچه ميخواهد از اين دنيا گله كند بلكه آرام شود. هميشه شنيدن ديدگاه سالخوردگان درباره ي حقيقت زندگي، جذاب است.
كورت ونه گات، اين آخر عمري خود را مردي بي وطن مي نامد. او بسيار شاكي است از سياست جنگ جوي آمريكا، مصرف بي رويه ي نفت، به گند كشيدن طبيعت و جو فضاي زمين، جنگ هاي پي در پي بر سر قدرت، سلاح هسته اي، نابغه هايي كه به جرگه ي
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Negativni
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Persuasive guessing has been at the core of leadership for so long, for all of human experience so far, that it is wholly unsurprising that most of the leaders of this planet, in spite of all the information that is suddenly ours, want the guessing to go on.”

Ovu kratku knjigu je Vonegut napisao u osamdeset četvrtoj godini i nevjerovatno je koliko je i tada bio pun života i volje za kritiziranjem.

Svojim prepoznatljivim britkim stilom piše o svemu što mu padne na pamet. Ima tu malo autobiografi
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Nasim Dehghan
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ونه گات فوق العاده بود حسابی عاشقش شدم. تازه این کتاب مجموعه مقالاتش بود. همه نوشته ها رو دوست داشتم ولی می خوام این قسمتش همیشه یادم بمونه:
از همه شما که به سن و سال نوه هایم هستید عذر می خواهم. و خیلی از شماها که این کتاب را می خوانید احتمالا هم سن نوه هایم هستید. آن ها هم درست مثل شما، از طرف دولت و شرکت های دورانِ انفجارِ جمعیت، کلاه گشادی سرشان رفته و دروغ ها شنیده اند. بله، اوضاع این سیاره بدجوری آشفته شده. هرچند، همیشه آشفته بوده. هیچ وقت "روزهای خوش و خرم" به خود ندیده، فقط ایام را گذراند
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Roula
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Μεχρι στιγμης πιστευα οτι ο Βοννεγκατ ηταν ενας τρελαρας που εγραφε εξισου τρελα βιβλια με ο,τι ιδεα του κατεβαινε στο κεφαλι.με αυτο το βιβλιο που περιεχει καποιες προσωπικες του σκεψεις και εμπειριες , καταλαβα οτι ηταν ακριβως αυτο αλλα και ενας ανθρωπος με μεγαλες ευαισθησιες και προβληματισμους , καθως και κοφτερη ματια και σκεψη για οσα γινονται γυρω μας.γιαυτο και τον αγαπησα λιγο παραπανω...
Samadrita
People may find fault with Vonnegut for his know-it-all, been-there-done-that tone in this memoir. People may not even find anything new or insightful in here since every person well-versed with current affairs and the nitty-gritties of international politics has at least a second-hand knowledge of America's present day troubles. But what people are certainly bound to appreciate is Vonnegut's mordant wit and his fine sense of humour.
J.L.   Sutton
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kurt Vonnegut's darkly twisted cantankerous humor mixed with genuine compassion for the human condition makes its way into A Man Without a Country. This book, apparently the closest thing to a memoir Vonnegut ever wrote, is a must read for Vonnegut fans (and I definitely count myself in that camp). Vonnegut has a way of looking at the world that is often quite rationale, but all the same surprising (and sometimes disturbing). This is a great start to Vonnegut's thinking or a great companion for ...more
Caro M.
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
But I am eighty-two. Thanks a lot, you dirty rats. The last thing I ever wanted was to be alive when the three most powerful people on the whole planet would be named Bush, Dick and Colon.”

Well, I wonder what thoughts mr. Vonnegut would have after last year's elections...

I don't want to review this book in detail - it's good, it's vonnegutian, it's funny and clever, and you should read it yourself, it'll take you a couple of hours, no more. And that was my only problem with this book - it was to
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Jason Koivu
Jan 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
As seems to happen often, I became a fan of Vonnegut during college. It's been a few years since then and so to finally hear him writing in his own voice about his own thoughts, as opposed to getting to know him through the eyes of his fictional characters, was very cool. The sarcasm, the dry wit, that cynical-yet-hopeful view of the world...ah yes, if Mark Twain had a 20th Century doppelganger, it was Vonnegut.
Milo
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kurt Vonnegut is a national treasure. Period. It was my intention to expand upon my opinion of Kurt Vonnegut in this review but the above statement alone seems sufficient. I love Kurt Vonnegut. Fuck Fox News. I hate Fox News because they hated Kurt Vonnegut. What did he do wrong? He spoke the truth. He spoke without flourish or innuendo, straightforwardly, about things that are taboo. Fox would rather lie to you and discredit an honest man after his death than risk you going out and reading his ...more
Praxedes
I am a fan of Vonnegut's literary work, but this is a bit different. It's more a collection of rants and snippets of memoirs about literature, life, and politics. Of course his point of view is interesting and funny, but if you are looking for something more literary I suggest trying Galapagos or Slaughterhouse 5.

That being said, Vonnegut articulates clever and poignant diatribes about how humans are turning the world to crap, how our zest for technology is actually hurting us, and society's gen
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Sheyda Dehghan
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
آقای هپ گود، بفرمایید شما که فارغ التحصیل هاروارد هستید. چرا آدمی با امکانات شما چنین زندگی را در پیش می گیرد؟
خب معلوم است، به دلیل موعظه ی عیسی در بالای کوه، عالی جناب


نه قرض بده نه قرض بگیر. آخه مگه زندگی غیر از قرض دادن و قرض گرفتن های بی پایان، غیر از بده و بستان چیز دیگری ست؟


چقدر قشنگ است که آدم بلند شود و از خانه بزند بیرون و کاری انجام دهد. ما برای علافی به کره ی زمین آمده ایم. اگر کسی جز این گفت، چرت گفته است. {با اعمالمون اینو ثابت کردیم دیگه، خوب حق با کورتِ شاکیه


همیشه یک سر سیگار آتش ا
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Sarah
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
واخ واخ واخ، من چي كار كنم از دست تو خب...
نميتونم پنج بدم بهش متاسفانه، فاقد المان هاي پنج-بگير بود...
ولي منظورم چهار و نيمه، حتي شايد چهار و شش دهم!

“If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake.”
MJ Nicholls
Something of a misnomer, this title: “A Memoir of Life in George W. Bush’s America.” Hmm. No. In fact, Kurt’s final book is another collage of pieces taken from public speeches, and various articles commissioned for the publication In These Times. Michael Silverblatt described this book as a “response to a plea”—that plea coming from the editors of Seven Stories Press, who tickled Vonnegut into writing little chunks again. Any fresh writing from an eighty-three-year-old man is hard to come by, a ...more
Mostafa
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب رنجنامه ی(بقول مترجم وصیت نامه) ونه گاته
ونه گات 82 ساله به پشت سرش نگاه میکنه و جز ویرانی نمیبینه. شاکی از دست بشر، دولتها و زمانه س.
بنظرش حتی سیاره زمین هم از دست انسانها عاصی شده و سعی میکنه با تولید ایدز و انواع آنفولانزا و سل و غیره و غیره خودشو از شر اونا خلاص کنه... ولی چندخط پایینتر میگه که حتا از این هم نا امیده و واسه اینکار هم خیلی دیر شده
باعث وضع بشر خود مردمند، ما مقصریم برای هرجنایتی اتفاق افتاده و اتفاق خواهد افتاد، ما مقصریم که مردمها بدلایل مختلف میمیرند، ما مقصر جنگها و کشت
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Chris Dietzel
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I rarely read a book twice--there are just too many books to read in this world and not enough time to read them all. This is one of my exceptions, though, and I loved it even more the second time than the first. Vonnegut is incredibly interesting, down-to-earth, and funny as he goes on rants about America, people in general, and all the things he's seen during his life. Highly recommended for anyone who has ever read and enjoyed a book by Vonnegut, but also highly recommended for anyone who wan ...more
Sebastien
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sheesh, I haven't read Vonnegut in forever. It's a wonderful trip down memory lane to reconnect with his writing. This is a short collection, basically full of his musings and thoughts (often relating to contemporary issues of the times, written mid-2000s, so lots of focus on Bush/Cheney regime. Most of these musings absolutely still applicable to current political state/policies imo). My goodness if Vonnegut had been around for this... well I doubt he would have been surprised, I'll tell you th ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Another good reads reviewer said that Kurt Vonnegut's death was such a great loss because "nobody thinks the way he did." So true, and such an understatement. There's just no other mind that works anything like his. Of course, every mind is unique, but most of us are depressingly ordinary, myself included. Sigh...

This book is an odd compilation of the meandering thoughts, observations and reminiscences of Vonnegut at the age of 82. There are some 2 star WTF moments where you have to make allowan
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Julia
Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kurt Vonnegut fans
Shelves: non-fiction
This is the most human of Vonnegut's works--written when he was 82, shortly before he died. It's a thin volume that can be read in one sitting--and it gives new insight into this humanist writer who loved his country and the world so much that he spent most of his life FURIOUS at how stupid people could be. Each short essay begins with a quotation from Vonnegut, and the plot diagrams in chap. 3 on "creative writing" are hilarious. But this thin volume is full of anger as well as humor--Vonnegut' ...more
Christine
Jan 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Peeps who read in the bathroom, plus everyone else.
Recommended to Christine by: Nathan
Shelves: non-fiction
The last book written by Vonnegut (I believe) and composed of short essays about various things (politics, life, human nature, death) this was a quick, delightful and sometimes depressing read. But then isn't everything Vonnegut writes some strange mix of delightful and depressing? It seems that as he has aged, Vonnegut has become less optimistic about the human species. I can't really blame him. Yet, even as he lambastes Bush, bombs, war, pollution, and the generally inconsiderate among us, he ...more
Niloofar Haydari
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
خب اولين كاره ونه گات بود براي من . قلمشو خيلي خيلي دوست داشتم . آدم وقتي نوشته هاشو ميخونه ميخاد بپره بغل اين پيرمرد ماچش كنه .
اين كتاب در واقع يه جور وصيت نامه بود . داستان نبود . در مورد خود ونه گات و زندگيش بود . قسمت قسمت بود و دقيقا هر قسمتش مثل يه وبلاگ شخصي ميموند . وبلاگي كه توش از خودت حرف بزني و در عين حال به مصائب دنيا و سياست بپردازي . و در عين حال قلمت رو براي خواننده به نمايش بگذاري .
ازش خوشم اومد . هرچند اعتراف ميكنم بعضي جاها ديگه در باب بشردوستي و حفاظت از كره ي زمين زياد حرف
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Sina Homayooni
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1. این کتاب داستانی نیست. برای اینکه راجع به ونهگات به اشتباه نیافتید و برای اینکه حداکثر بهره رو از این کتاب ببرید، توصیه میکنم اول «سلاخخانهی شمارهی پنج» رو مطالعه کنید.

2. ترجمهی علیاصغر بهرامی (نشر چشمه) بسیار خوب بود.
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میعاد
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ما براى علافى به كره ى خاكى آمده ايم،هر كسى جز اين گفت چرت گفته/هيچ كس از زندگى جان سالم به در نميبرد.
ليلي
میدونید چیه؟ الان اولین سوالی که میخوام تو این ریویو بپرسم اینه که اون کسی که اینو به من دادی!آیا هدف خاصی داشتید از دادنش؟ یعنی میخوام بگم چی باعث شد"اینو"بدین؟ چون چندوقت پیش، از یه نفر دیگه که یه کتاب داده بود بهم که جدی جدی جدی دوسش داشتم و احساس میکردم از اون نوع کتاباییه که واقعا خیلی "لیلی"ن، پرسیدم که چرا دادتش به من که بخونم؟ و پاسخ ناامید کننده بود واقعا:خب چون بحثش شد یه بار، و یادم میاد که انگار گفتی دوس داری بخونیش. و من حتا هنوز یادم نمیاد چنین حرفی زده باشم!
حالا میخوام بگم که آیا
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Sahar Khoshghadam
یه کتاب خوب. به دوستانی که نقد در قالب طنز رو میپسندند توصیه میکنم از مجموعه مقالات کوتاه ونه گوت در این کتاب غافل نباشند.بعد از خوندنش فکر میکنی کاش در مورد شرایط و اوضاع و احوال کشور ما هم چیزی نوشته بود.مسلما کمتر بودن محدودیت ها و کمرنگ بودن خط قرمزها در زمینه ی ابراز عقاید دست نویسندگان کشورهای دیگه رو باز گذاشته برای استفاده ی بهتر از زبان طنز در قالب نقد.خب خوش به حالشون. همین.
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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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