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A Man Without a Country

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  34,989 ratings  ·  2,292 reviews
In a volume that is penetrating, introspective, incisive, and laugh-out-loud funny, one of the great men of letters of this era—or any era—holds forth on life, art, sex, politics, and the state of America’s soul. Whether he is describing his coming of age in America, his formative war experiences, or his life as an artist, this is Vonnegut doing what he does best: being hi ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 16th 2007 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published 2005)
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John D. I guess courtesy doesn't prevail after all.

Just think of it as a literary Parthian shot, before he went up to Heaven.

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Jul 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
A man without a country, Kurt Vonnegut
A Man Without a Country (subtitle: A Memoir Of Life In George W Bush's America) is an essay collection published in 2005 by the author Kurt Vonnegut. The extremely short essays that make up this book deal with topics ranging from the importance of humor, to problems with modern technology, to Vonnegut's opinions on the differences between men and women. Most prevalent in the text, however, are those essays that elucidate Vonnegut's opinions on politics, and
Mar 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 14, 2016 rated it liked it
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


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,
J.L.   Sutton
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
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'
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
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
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
Caro the Helmet Lady
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
"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 t
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
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
Christopher Howard
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I find it funny how so many Vonnegut fans are able to gloss over Vonnegut’s flirtations with socialism, love Vonnegut as a writer and person (a Hoosier, ain’t he, dammit?), and yet have revulsive responses to others mentioning, questioning, and engaging with socialism. I know I’m remembering wrongly, but when I think of Vonnegut and his writing patterns, I imaginatively think that he mentions Eugene Victor Debs in the first 15 pages of all of his books. Certainly it happens in one of them, perha ...more
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Vonnegut fans
Recommended to Samadrita by: Madeleine
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.
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...
Feb 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
I have read much of Mr. Vonnegut's work over the years, and one of the things I always admired about him was how practical he was in what he said. He was an avowed socialist, while admitting that socialism has never worked, a professed crank, who saw the best in people, etc. I don't know what happened to that guy, but he was the not the guy who wrote this book.
"A Man without a Country" is so full of bitterness and bile that it clouds over some of the truly remarkable essays in this slim text. Th
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jason Koivu
Jan 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
"Life is no way to treat an animal." (123)
A Man Without a Country is a somewhat loose collection, thematically speaking, of writings and reflections by Vonnegut on everything from literature to sex and politics. It is written by a man near the end of life—Vonnegut was 82 at the time—reflecting on his life and career as well as the state of the world generally and the United States in particular. Needless to say (if you are familiar especially with the late Vonnegut) there is not much to be opti
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مجموعهای از حرفهای آقای ونهگوت درباره همه چیز.
و البته حرفهای آقای ونهگوت حرفهای خیلی خوبی هست. و ارزش خوندن داره. طنز هم هست گاهی و تلخ.
قسمتی که فراموش نمیکنماش، هیچوقت، موقعیه که درباره مهم بودن زیباییهای لحظهای و کوچیک حرف میزنه و ماجرای پست کردن کارهاش رو برای ناشرش شرح میده. که چطوری به تمام جزئیات زندگیش توجه میکنه و ازشون لذت میبره.

و البته اینکه خوشی واقعی، خیلی ساده و زودگذر هست و اگه چشممون رو بهروش باز نکنیم مثل ماسه از میون انگشتا میریزه پایین و از دستاش میدیم.
Sheyda Dehghan
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 03, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.”
Yoosef esmaeeli
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
کتاب زیبایی بود و واقعا لذت بردم
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
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
Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Chris Dietzel
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
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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
“And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.

So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”
“If you want to really hurt you 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. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” 3750 likes
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