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 The waters of renewal sometimes course through the unlikeliest of settings. In the short story, “FUBAR,” we’re taken to a desolate building in a drab industrial complex, where a lonely office worker gains a fresh perspective on life thanks to the intervention of his free-spirited new female assistant.

FUBAR” and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces tha
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Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do love VONNEGUT ! This is another of his twisting, funny and spot on works
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
The story is probably from the 70s idk why it gives me that vibe ...maybe because I thought of it as a bit sexist but in a complementary way towards women if this makes sense (after he regarded them as being a sort of angelic being only to be there to satisfy a mans life).So,while he might be complementing women in the way he’s like almost thanking them for looking that way and acting all girly to cheer up men the story wasn’t all that good.I don’t see the moral of the short story being more tha ...more
Idelle Kursman
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
FUBAR was a short story of hope and redemption. A man leading a drab, dull existence, working at a mind-numbing job and having no social life learns he needs to enjoy. The story reminded me of the saying, "No work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy." Fortunately, a female secretary comes into his workplace and teaches him how to live. Many of us need reminders that although there is much work and responsibility in our lives, we can't forget that it is important to enjoy as well. ...more
walter e. menck
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Mr. Vonnegut captures the human condition with comic ruthlessness. He mirrors the indignities heaped upon man by modern bureaucracy, age and time. As he is inclined to do in short works of fiction, he surprises with a redemptive ironic turn. A biblical reference shines a concluding light on the protagonist.

Alan Mills
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Cute little short story (and I do mean will take less than 15 minutes to read) about a dead end guy stuck in a dead end industrial job...when he meets his new secretary.

Classic Vonnegut: desperate people living desperate lives, made better by a touch of humor.
Dec 15, 2020 rated it liked it
3-3.5 stars.

Not bad, but not my favorite Vonnegut.
Luke Crawford
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
fun, short, uplifting.
Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Many of us, particular those of us who are military veterans or worked for the government used another word in the title rather than "fouled." Fouled just really seems to fall short. You know the word. It is one of my personal favorites because of its great utility. That word can express a wide variety of emotion and meaning. I have changed the spelling when I use the word in text to phuck. My hope in changing the spelling is that I can still derive all the benefits of the word and its utility, ...more
Jan 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
This Collection is Fubar

What the fuck? This "collection" contains exactly one story. Perhaps the digigods are toying with me again. Or maybe it's pilot error. Or maybe I've overloaded the capacity of my kndle. For whatever reason, all stories but Fubar are missing. I'm the definitive analogy man in a digital world, but I dare say, whether in reality or in the virtual world, one story does not a collection make.
Kimberly Reidy
Interesting read.

Loved the quirkiness and intimacy. It was an entertaining and thought provoking read that left me wanting more Kurt Vonnegut.
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I want that job.
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Great little story!
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved it but the ending felt incomplete. I understood the reference that was made but felt it should have been developed more which may explain why he had not published it.
Christopher Munroe
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
...a short review for a short story. A story by Kurt Vonnegut, a Kafka story with a happy ending, a story I enjoyed very well. This is all as it should be.
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wish there were more

I liked it. I only wish there were more to read. I have to write five more words to complete this.
May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Charming, trivial story. Seemed to be set back in the 50s or 60s, back in the days of secretaries and typists. Vaguely reminded me of "Who Am I This Time" from Welcome to the Monkey House. ...more
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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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