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NancyJ (nancyjjj) | 1835 comments Mod
My son and I decided to read a book together from the list. He narrowed it down to three and I picked this one. This doesn't appear to be the most commonly read of Vonnegut's books but it has many passionate fans and is said to cover his favorite themes.


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Kirsten  (kmcripn) Hope your son enjoys it. I haven't read that one. But Vonnegut can be an acquired taste.


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NancyJ (nancyjjj) | 1835 comments Mod
Kirsten wrote: "Hope your son enjoys it. I haven't read that one. But Vonnegut can be an acquired taste."

I know, and I'm prepared for that. I read a Vonnegut book in college, but I can't remember which one. He likes Hunter Thompson and Tom Robbins, who are authors that I couldn't get into.

It was fun going through the list with him. I knew he loved Lord of the Rings, The Hitchhiker's Guide, Dune, and childhood favorites - Tom Sawyer, Call of the Wild and Charlotte's Web. He also loved Heart of Darkness (one of the best books ever written,he said).

A few surprises... He really likes The Great Gatsby, and Wuthering Heights (but not Jane Eyre). He knew the difference between the Bronte sisters (I didn't). He liked most of the books he read in school, but definitely NOT A Separate Peace.


Rosemarie I think this is Vonnegut's weakest book, but it is his first, which is maybe why it was chosen.
I think his best two are Slaughterhouse Five and Cat's Cradle.


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NancyJ (nancyjjj) | 1835 comments Mod
Rosemarie wrote: "I think this is Vonnegut's weakest book, but it is his first, which is maybe why it was chosen.
I think his best two are Slaughterhouse Five and Cat's Cradle."


I would have expected to see Slaughterhouse Five! It would be interesting to know what kind of discussion took place to opt for this one instead. I wonder if there was some political or religious concern?


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Linda  | 915 comments NancyJ wrote: "Kirsten wrote: "Hope your son enjoys it. I haven't read that one. But Vonnegut can be an acquired taste."

I know, and I'm prepared for that. I read a Vonnegut book in college, but I can't remember..."


I also have bad memories of "A Separate Peace" from 10th grade.


Heather (bruyere) I didn't like Slaughterhouse Five even though I get why it is an important and interesting book. I actually really loved Sirens of Titan and found it really funny and entertaining.


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Sue K H (sky_bluez) | 68 comments Rosemarie wrote: "I think this is Vonnegut's weakest book, but it is his first, which is maybe why it was chosen.
I think his best two are Slaughterhouse Five and Cat's Cradle."


Cat's Cradle is my favorite of the three I've read. I also loved Slaughterhouse Five. I just read this one and it was entertaining but not nearly as good as the other two for me


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NancyJ (nancyjjj) | 1835 comments Mod
Bruyere wrote: "I didn't like Slaughterhouse Five even though I get why it is an important and interesting book. I actually really loved Sirens of Titan and found it really funny and entertaining."

I'm glad to hear that! He's reading another birthday present first, while I focus on two group reads, so we'll wait a few weeks.


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NancyJ (nancyjjj) | 1835 comments Mod
Sue wrote: "Rosemarie wrote: "I think this is Vonnegut's weakest book, but it is his first, which is maybe why it was chosen.
I think his best two are Slaughterhouse Five and Cat's Cradle."

Cat's Cradle is my..."


Great, if Iike this one, I might try Cat's Cradle next. [Now I'm going to be humming that song for a while.]


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Sue K H (sky_bluez) | 68 comments I enjoy Vonnegut's humor. I think I'd probably like all of his books


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Joy (jammons42) | 510 comments Mod
NancyJ wrote: "A few surprises... He really likes The Great Gatsby, and Wuthering Heights (but not Jane Eyre)."

This is me too!!!! I just read Sirens of Titan and enjoyed it. I've not read any other Vonnegut.


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Atl (dark_leo) I'm reading it now and frankly I find some of it shocking, like the execution. It kind of reminds me a little bit of clockwork orange. I wouldn't read it if my library wasn't doing a reading challenge for the great american read. Two more weeks to go.


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Joy (jammons42) | 510 comments Mod
This was a group read ... Threads below to those discussions!

Spoiler-free thread here:
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

Spoiler thread here:
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


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