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[Kurt Vonnegut] has never been more satirically on-target Nothing is spared.” —People Jailbird takes us into a fractured and. In his last novel, “Slapstick” (), Kurt Vonnegut told us that he believed In his new novel, “Jailbird”–his best, in my opinion, since “Mother. Kurt Vonnegut tells us why he abandoned the sketchy sci-fi plot lines in favor of a sharp-eyed political realism of.

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Starbuck is a massively empathetic person, but unfortunately he has learned vonengut empathy only at the end of his life, and after numerous disappointments. Clewes had become an unsuccessful salesman, as I would find out later, of advertising matchbooks and calendars. Please try again later.

So he sent God a note. Instead, I was mildly pleased when the book was finished and I could move on to something else.


Browse all BookRags Study Guides. To me, this was absolutely beautiful – I had to read it a couple of times before I could move forward. So I would suggest Jailbird to anyone who has read a few other of Mr.

Cover of first edition hardcover. Oh, and having the ability to destroy vonnegug life on the planet with a few bombs also changed things. He calculated that if every person on Earth took full advantage of every opportunity, became a millionaire and then a billionaire and so on, the paper wealth on that one little planet would exceed the worth of all the minerals in the universe in a matter of three months or so.

The tale gets wrapped up in just as many historical events as it does fictional and there is also the mention and inclusion of many notable figures from the past or so years. Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

Still, I’m a better person for re-reading it, and the recent anti-labor movements in places like Wisconsin and Michigan make Vonnegut’s concerns in this novel all the more relevant today. I think “sentimental ironist” isn’t a bad summation of Vonnegut’s style, though his Jailbird is a quintessentially Vonnegutian tale of rich-man guilt and the futility of capitalist America. But it isn’t as good as those earlier works by Vonnegut, and its message of treating others with kindness and civility probably comes across better in God Bless You, Mr.


I like the subtle way in which Vonnegut critiques both capitalism and communism here. It was left there by a guest who was probably pooping when he was reading it. Army and serving in World War II.

He is doing what he does best, spinning modern fairy tales of human frailty. Only connegut the 13 chapters pages that followed did it take on the familiar comic absurdist style of social commentary for which Vonnegut is better known.

After her death, Starbuck conceals the will and accepts a full time job at RAMJAC which, as he himself says, would have fallen apart if the will had been found and Mary Kathleen’s wishes adhered to. Aug 15, Clare rated it it was amazing Shelves: Like Sacco and Vanzetti, and Watergate.

Jailbird Summary & Study Guide

The major strength of this book is that it is more narrative in style than many of Vonnegut’s other works, and the storyline comes together in a very nice falling action that brings all the separate entities of its main character’s life together in a very satisfying and clever way. He illustrates how the decisions made following the war have jailibrd the rise of various corporate interests, a process that has continued towards a concerning climax in my time. One of those women, Mary Kathleen O’Looney, became both his lover and his socialist inspiration.

A fourteen-year-old Harlem child who had been killed in a gang fight was told about a two-carat diamond ring that lay for weeks at the bottom of a catch basin he passed every vonnegug.

It accused the auditors rather than God of cruelly deceiving new arrivals about the opportunities they had had on Earth.

I had been cochairman of a radical weekly paper, The Bay Vonnegutt Progressive. Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut 1 12 May 15, Return to Book Page. What did I learn from this book? Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journali Kurt Vonnegut, Kuet was an American novelist, satirist, and most recently, graphic artist. But God sent out an archangel who was boiling mad. If he had sold it for only a tenth of its value, four hundred dollars, say, according vonneegut his auditor, vonnegut speculated in commodities futures, especially in cocoa at that time, he could have moved his mother and sisters and himself into a Park Avenue condominium and sent himself to Andover and then to Harvard after that.


It’s about an elderly man who is released from minimum security prison, where he was serving a sentence for white collar crimes he committed while inadvertently involving himself in the Watergate scandal.

But as good as he is at building a haunted, hilariously compressed myth out of our shared past, Vonnegut can’t keep it from collapsing into silliness when he tries to propel it into the future; Walter’s post-prison adventures are so vonneght and theme-heavy that they lose that precariously balanced aura of truer-than-true.

Love of Labour The novel is a critique of private enterprise, capitalism and the labour relations that are imposed Happy Peaceful Jailbirds This is a curious novel.

Want to Read saving…. I can’t think of a single time that I’ve witnessed a fragile old man rushing through his story. We are experiencing technical difficulties. He attended Cornell University from towhere he wrote a column for the student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun. Jailbird is all over the place in that great Vonnegut way.

You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. All the same, he tackles some heavy subjects and embraces the themes with a mature, though still wry humor. I snuck it in just before starting the second semester at Loyola University Chicago. Some joke on the people, to give them such a thing. Feb 24, Ian “Marvin” Graye rated it really liked it Shelves: But the humor turns dark when Vonnegut shines his spotlight on the cold hearts and calculated greed of the mighty, giving a razor-sharp edge to an unforgettable portrait of power and politics in our times.

The novelist is known for works blending satire, black comedy and science fiction, such as Slaughterhouse-FiveCat’s Cradleand Breakfast of Champions Is it time for a Vonnegut revival?

He had chosen to settle in the American part of heaven. I had forgotten the title refers to the least significant of the Watergate conspirators, one Walter F. And I like that too.