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Love, Kurt: The Vonnegut Love Letters, 1941-1945

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  32 reviews
A never-before-seen collection of deeply intimate love letters from Kurt Vonnegut to his first wife, Jane, compiled and edited by their daughter and reproduced in gorgeous full color.

"If ever I do write anything of length--good or bad--it will be written with you in mind."

Kurt Vonnegut's oldest daughter, Edith, was cleaning out her mother's attic when she stumbled upon a d
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Published November 30th 2020 by Penguin Random House (first published November 17th 2020)
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Jolanta
I’ll not rate or even comment on someone’s love letters that were never ment to be published or be read by someone other than the woman they were addressed to. I’m a huge fan of Vonnegut, I can’t tell how much this man influenced me and helped shape my personality and outlook on life. I even got 2 tattoos dedicated to his brilliance. But this book felt like a massive invasion of his privacy. The letters gave me a glimpse into Vonnegut’s early life before he became a famous writer, but there are ...more
Panda Incognito
"What I say in letters to you is particularly no one's business," Kurt Vonnegut wrote to the woman he loved, never imagining that his future daughter would publish his missives in a book. I feel bad for him, especially since he never intended for his hormonal ramblings or ecstasies about sex to be submitted to the public eye, but I enjoyed reading this collection. It was interesting to see how much he loved his first wife, and to see his development as a writer.

These letters are organized chrono
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Kathy
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
True, I do not sleep through the night. This was a good companion through the night to read of Kurt's love for his first wife, the mother of his children as well as to learn of his experience during war years.


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Erin Cataldi
Jan 04, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2021
Witty and fun to see how Vonnegut's writing style has progressed but..... he was kinda stalk-ery. He gives poor Jane no room to breathe. They were in colleges states apart and not in a committed relationship but he still proposes to her and talks about their future together in nearly every letter. I would have enjoyed this collection much more if we would have had more of Jane's letters in response to Kurts. As it is their is only one surviving letter from Jane and she is just as witty and well ...more
Conrad Wesselhoeft
"Love, Kurt" will appeal to diehard lovers of Vonnegut, lovers of books about great writers during their apprenticeship years, and lovers of gale-force love stories. Happily, I'm all three.

In 1941, 19-year-old Kurt became wholly smitten with beauteous Jane Cox and showered her with a five-year torrent of passionate epistles. He doesn't just love Jane, he loves her with exponential effusiveness. His sentences jig, somersault, and rocket. And he was funny. This exuberant young man was already wri
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Candace Hisey
I admit that I'll jump at any opportunity to hear KV's voice in a new context, and of course many of these letters are lovely and funny and all that you'd expect, but I'm with other reviewers who note just how INVASIVE this book feels. I would be so mortified if my family found and published very, very private notes and texts and emails after my death - especially from my late teens/early 20s. *shudder* It wasn't what I expected. Very hard to rate. ...more
Amy
Jan 15, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holy hell this man was persistent and loyal and very much in love, I can’t believe he wrote these letters as a 19 year old chem major at Cornell
Joseph Bowers
Jan 06, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't get me wrong. I love Kurt Vonnegut's books. Read them many times. And I,too, have saved all the missives sent by my now husband while we were dating. But this book is a mess. If I got letters like this professing love, I might take out a restraining order. The letters really give us nothing much but ramblings of how great their love is, references to how great the sex is, and timetables of when they can meet again. All this stemming from, what seemed to be, a one night aquaintance. Granted ...more
Victoria
Feb 14, 2021 rated it liked it
Not sure how to "review" someone's love letters, but I really enjoyed listening to Lucas Hedges narrating this! He's very talented and made it really fun to listen to. ...more
Matthew Picardat
As much as I love Vonnegut this book felt like a massive invasion of privacy.
Valerie
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-challenge
While I found it truly fascinating to read the chronological events detailing Kurt Vonnegut's relationship with his first wife, as well as the actual letters he wrote to her, those letters became a bit of a liability to the story.

Not only were there a ton of them, but most were a strain to read. The book would have benefited from having the typed-out version of each of the letters next to the picture of them. I also would have liked for them to be cut down a bit as they became a bit redundant, e
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Grace
Jun 20, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
0.5 ⭐️

Love, Kurt is a collection of letters from author Kurt Vonnegut to his future wife Jane between 1941-1945. Due to the nature of this book, we are not privy to any of Jane’s letters, save one, and this leaves huge emotional gaps. Vonnegut comes off as obsessive and manipulative, pressuring Jane to break it off with other suitors and marry him instead. He at one point early on writes to her that he has made a bet on when she will become his wife and that he get $10 for every year if she say
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Cassie Handford
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Kurt, is a compilation of love letters to his first wife, Jane. I am a long time fan of Kurt Vonnegut and loved having a deeper look inside his personal life. While I did find him to sound a bit obsessive and possessive at times, I feel like that was just his creative writers mind taking over. Overall, I found this to be a fascinating read and would highly recommend to anyone interested in learning more about this author's personal life.

Thank you NetGalley for the advanced digital copy.
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Nancy
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“If ever I do write anything of length—good or bad—it will be written with you in mind.”

Thank you @randomhouse for gifting me this sweet sweet book!
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Love, Kurt is a collection of personal love letters from Vonnegut to his first wife, Jane, compiled and edited by their eldest daughter, Edith.

Edith was cleaning out her mother’s attic when she stumbled upon a dusty, aged box. Inside, she discovered an unexpected treasure: more than two hundred love letters written by Kurt to Jane, spanning the ea
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Blake Neumann
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed getting such an intimate view into the inner sanctum of young Kurt. At 22, his voice was so laser-focused and I just loved his witty musings. On reflecting, I read some other reviews criticizing making this writing public and I feel a little bit embarrassed for being so thrilled to read them that I did not stop to consider that this image of Kurt is not one he necessarily would have wanted thrust under the public gaze. I found his optimism the most impactful part of this collect ...more
Jess Witkins
Love, Kurt is a rare and wonderful collection of letters written by Kurt Vonnegut to his first wife, Jane Marie "Woofy" Cox, over the course of several years, from his early days as a student into his time serving in the military. They were discovered many years later by their daughter, Edith.

I thank NetGalley and Random House's Volumes app for a look at both the beautiful pages of letters inside and the audio version of them being read. This is definitely a "must see" for Vonnegut fans, which
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Nathaniel Houser
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Love, Kurt" is an excellent collection of love letters from Kurt Vonnegut to his girlfriend and first wife Jane or Woofy. The book depicts the horror of being a Prisoner of War and the love that is felt for Jane from a far during battle. These love letters capture young raw emotion and the humor of sexual passion. These letters from Kurt show his development into a writer of war and emotion. In these love letters the reader reads of horrors of world war II and the emotions felt from being force ...more
Katie Palazzolo
Dec 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I love Vonnegut, but hearing his letters was like getting hounded by a clingy boyfriend. Not necessarily in a bad way haha. Also, his writing is so distinct and it's wild that these are his words from his personal life directly in my ear. Also, the narrator was GREAT!

It's crazy to think how young he was during these letters, and specifically during his POW in Dresden experience and how that directly lead to Slaughterhouse-Five, which was the first Vonnegut book I ever read.

Jane is such a rock th
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Kelly
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read Kurt Vonnegut in the past, but I've felt love as a young man and it was so interesting to see how he truly pursued his wife during the time period covered in the book. From grandiose promises to begging, Vonnegut's feelings ran the gamut but he hated everything for his future bride.

His granddaughter, who assembled the letters for publication, did a great job of adding short blurbs of context throughout the book. I'm fact, without her comments and implied permissions,I would have
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Susan
Jan 25, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Although I'm a fan of Kurt Vonnegut's writing, this perspective of him was creepy. He was far too possessive and jealous. Also, puts the most intimate details of a love affair in writing - and then allows it to be read and published by a family member?

The graphic details of their intimate lives are no ones' business and this book should never have been published, especially after the couple divorced and her death. It's a invasion of privacy !
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Curtis Ryan
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Kurt Vonnegut, read all of his books many years ago, but I didn’t need to read this one. A few of his letters were of slight interest, but most were hormonal adolescent musings, typical young love thoughts.

I still gave it a 4-star review just because I’m a die-hard fan, I’m a softy with all things Vonnegut related. BTW...there is a small Vonnegut museum in downtown Indianapolis that is worth the visit if you’re a real fan.
Kyle
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
An intimate look into the mind of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., and his relationship with his first wife. The reader follows along with their relationship from high school through the war with some information supplemented by their daughter. Any fan of Vonnegut will find this peek behind the curtain fascinating.

I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Katie
Jan 08, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up
I felt a little creepy and voyeuristic reading this book. I did not hear the voice of Vonnegut that I am familiar with and deeply love in any of the letters that I read, though I confess I gave up about a third of the way through because it wasn’t getting any better for me. Maybe some things are not meant to be published? Or maybe it’s a matter of me reading this at the wrong place/wrong time.
Ashley
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, arc
This arc from Net Galley was hard to read. Both because it was a literal strain on my eyes and because Vonnegut came across, well, creepy. I learned a lot about him, but feel like this will make it harder to read his stories.
Lara Arcas
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading letters by this famous author before he was famous. Gave me a glimpse into his life and how he struggled.
Kevin Wyckoff
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant glimpse into the life of Kurt Vonnegut. Illustrates the genesis of his writing career and shows how much of his style was just his everyday personality.
Yvonne
I enjoyed the opportunity to get this side of Vonnegut.
John
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful, BEAUTIFUL book. It made me fall in love all over again with L-O-V-E!
Suzanne Polzkill
Poor Jane.
Tonyalee
DNF @ 20%

I cannot get into this at all. While I know times were different back then, this guy creeps me out.
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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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