Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction

Bagombo Snuff Box Uncollected Short Fiction For this unusual collection of vintage Vonnegut the author selected of his stories written between and and published in magazines and added a new Preface for the occasion

  • Title: Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction
  • Author: Kurt Vonnegut
  • ISBN: 9780425174463
  • Page: 232
  • Format: Paperback
  • For this unusual collection of vintage Vonnegut, the author selected 24 of his stories, written between 1954 and 1961 and published in magazines, and added a new Preface for the occasion.

    Kurt Vonnegut bibliography The bibliography of Kurt Vonnegut includes essays, books and fiction, as well as film and television adaptations of works written by the Indianapolis born author Vonnegut began his literary career with science fiction short stories and novels, but abandoned the genre to focus on political writings and painting in his later life. Welcome to the Monkey House Welcome to the Monkey House is a collection of short stories written by Kurt Vonnegut, first published in August .The stories range from war time epics to futuristic thrillers, given with satire and Vonnegut s unique edge The stories are often intertwined and convey the same underlying messages on human nature and present society. Kurt Vonnegut , wolna encyklopedia yciorys Wczesne lata Vonnegut urodzi si listopada r w Indianapolis w bogatej rodzinie, jako najm odszy z trjki rodze stwa, syn architekta Kurta Vonneguta Sr i Edith Lieber Obydwoje rodzice byli pochodzenia niemieckiego Krach na gie dzie w r zmusi Vonnegutw do zmiany stylu ycia, zwolnienia s u by i wyprowadzenia si z drogiego mieszkania. Kurt Vonnegut Biografie Kurt Vonnegut werd geboren in Indianapolis in , als jongste van drie kinderen Zijn vader, Kurt Sr was architect Zijn moeder, Edith, kwam uit een welgestelde familie van brouwers. Kurt Vonnegut s Tips on How to Write a Good Short Story When it came to giving advice to writers, Kurt Vonnegut was never dull He once tried to warn people away from using semicolons by characterizing them as transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing And, in a master s thesis rejected by The University of Chicago, he made the , d Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame d vonnegut Lib Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonneguts Eltern waren der Architekt Kurt Vonnegut und Edith Vonnegut geb Lieber, die Tochter eines Bierbrauers Beide Eltern entstammten deutschen Familien, die aus dem westflischen Mnsterland in die USA eingewandert waren Kurt hatte zwei ltere Geschwister, Bernard und Alice. Kurt Vonnegut Wikiquote During the war, in hundreds of Iliums over America, managers and engineers learned to get along without their men and women, who went to fight It was the miracle that won the war production with almost no manpower In the patois of the north side of the river, it was the know how that won the war Democracy owed its life to know how. Chapter p

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    1. I guess Vonnegut is known mostly for his novels, but I've always been a big fan of his short fiction. No one else seems to pack such vitality into so few pages, and this collection really highlights his versatility. Some of the stories are humorous - a realtor learns a thing or two from some prospective buyers, a town comes to regret embracing an efficiency expert, and a mob Santa Claus receives a special present.And some are bittersweet - a man attempts to pawn a wartime souvenir, a school band [...]

    2. For Kurt Vonnegut, I did not care for these stories. I know he got his start in science fiction, but maybe it’s my reluctance to love short stories? I love everything Papa Kurt has written, but this just didn’t do it for me. I’m really disappointed about it.

    3. Creative Writing 101:1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.4. Every sentence must do one of two things-reveal character or advance the action.5. Start as close to the end as possible.6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them-in ord [...]

    4. What a surely, purely, coincidentally, appropriate title!I say this, because this book is nothing short of a snuff box for a Vonnegut fan and that is how I have been using it for past 2 weeks. One or two stories a day to make my troubles drop away.The book contains 23 wonderful stories, accompanied by a brilliant preface by Peter Reed ( author of at least 4 books on Vonnegut and his works) and an introduction by Kurt Vonnegut himself, which contains his eight rules for creative writing, out of w [...]

    5. A collection of Vonnegut's earliest work for '50s/60s periodicals. As the Master himself points out in the marvellous introduction, these are embryonic stories, stylistically clumsy and written purely for financial gain.This doesn't make the work any less playful and Vonnegutian, though the bulk of these stories have a more moralistic feel to them, and only shades of the postmodern hilarity he would become known for is evident throughout. Thanasphere and 2BRO2B are the only sci-fi entries. The r [...]

    6. I don't care if you ever read this book, and in fact, though I know I did (and apparently gave it three stars several years ago), I don't remember anything from it except for the intro. Please allow me to reproduce a small chunk of that here:Kurt Vonnegut's Creative Writing 101:1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.3. Every character should want something, even if it is o [...]

    7. This book is a collection of some of Vonnegut's earliest short stories, written for weekly and monthly magazines. They're interesting as a perspective on this era, when "serious" literary authors, or at least burgeoning ones, wrote for magazines, as well as writing full-length novels. They're also an interesting look into Vonnegut's earliest writing style (although he admits in a postscript that he could not help editing the ending of many of the chapters). That being said, they're not as enjoya [...]

    8. Bagombo Snuff box: uncollected short fiction, Kurt Vonnegutعنوان: انفیه‌دان باگومبو؛ نویسنده: کورت ونه گات؛ مترجمها: روحی افسر؛ شهرزاد مهدوی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، کلاغ سفید، 1386، در 422 ص، شابک: 9789649165417؛ موضوع: داستانهای کوتاه نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 20 م

    9. Although this book was compiled in 1999, it contains the author’s early short stories, published in magazines in the 1950s and ’60s. It was not an easy or a fast book to read but it was powerful and it made an impression. I won’t re-read it; it didn’t give me much pleasure, which is why 4 stars instead of 5 stars, but I’ll remember it. The stories are all about a small man in America. A couple stories have a scifi slant, but their speculative flavor is unimportant. The spotlight in all [...]

    10. This is a collection of short stories that are all kind of well boring except for one, which is absolutely incredible. That story is called 2BRO2B. This story is a crazy futuristic dystopian society that turns out so creepy it rocks! You could probably find this story without buying the whole book. It would be worth your time to skip the others. They are okay, but nothing special.

    11. An interesting and varied - if at times a bit dry - collection of Vonnegut's stories, where he sets out to do his favourite thing; get the reader to reset their moral compass, take off the mask of pretension and find themselves. As he describes himself, writing is the process of making one's soul grow and that aim comes through here.

    12. Larry Santoro, a GoodReads author, gave this book as a Christmas present during the period when I and others would go to his home almost weekly to watch videos from his enormous movie collection. It is early Vonnegut and definitely not his best, but if you like the man as the writer he became, then it's probably worth reading.

    13. "My longtime friend and critic Professor Peter Reed, of the English Department at the University of Minnesota, made it his business to find these stories from my distant past. Otherwise, they might never have seen the light of day again. I myself hadn't saved one scrap of paper from that part of my life."(Kurt Vonnegut Jr. in the Introduction to Bagombo Snuff Box.)I am not sure that the collection of early short stories Bagombo Snuff Box by Kurt Vonnegut Jr one of my favorite authors, should hav [...]

    14. Vonnegut is the master of short forms. Short stories can have a greatness, if they're short enough and great enough in their shortness. "Bagombo Snuff Box" is an assortment of short stories written by Kurt Vonnegut. All of them was initially published in the 1950-60s, but they didn't appear in Vonnegut's previous collection, "Welcome to the Monkey House". I was really glad to see this new anthology. In the foreword, author says: "While I am reading [a short story], my pulse and breathing slow do [...]

    15. I love a good short story, and Kurt Vonnegut is one of my favorite writers. I remember reading "Welcome to the Monkeyhouse" the first time and just loving the stories. He was able to get so much across in just a pages. I have gone back and read that collection a few times since and the stories are just as good now as they were back then. Hell, I even got one of my sons to read (and enjoy) the stories. It has been a while since I read anything by Vonnegut, but one quickly recognizes his voice/wri [...]

    16. تو دهه پنجاه و اوایل دهه شصت میلادی، وونه‌گات برای مجلات و روزنامه‌ها داستان کوتاه می‌نوشته. بعد از شهرتی که به واسطه رمان‌هاش به دست میاره، سراغ داستان‌های اون دوره‌ش میرند و یه منتخبی از اون داستان‌ها رو تو کتاب به خانه میمون خوش آمدید چاپ می‌کنند. داستان‌هایی که تو ای [...]

    17. I picked this book up at the beginning of the year. Having read Timequake a while back, I thought it was about time I read some more of Vonneguts work, this seemed to be a good place to start. A great collection of all his early short stories which had been published in various American literary magazines over the years, it's a wonderful insight into his beginnings of a novelist. The detail of emotion and feeling which he puts into the many personalities in the book leaves you with no doubt that [...]

    18. A collection of Vonnegut short stories is always a treasure. His stories were modest and homey, but they always have a simple message and are easy to read. The stories collected here were the bread and butter of his early writing years: literally, they put food on his family in a time when he could sell three stories a year and support a family. He was also learning his craft here. There are some classic stories here and a few that needed a little more polish. But each is a reminder of the simpl [...]

    19. maybe i'm really not a short story person and then again maybe vonnegut's a better novelist than a short story writer but it took me months to get through this collection and there were few stories that i found myself really wanting to finish except to get on to the next one. i was consistently disappointed and found myself on an 8 hour flight where i'd rather watch something called "wildhogs" than read vonnegut. i didn't even think that was possible.

    20. This is another Vonnegut short story collection. My guess is that these are the Welcome to the Monkey House rejects. There are a couple of good stories (Thanosphere, 2BR02B) and a few that are decent, but most of them are just "meh".

    21. დაძაბულ და სიტყვისმღვრელ ბრძოლაში მთარგმნელი დამარცხდა და დიდი მცდელობის მიუხედავად, მაინც ვერ შეძლო შემდეგი მოთხრობების გაფუჭება:- სუვენირი- სათუთუნე ბაგომბოდან- 2BR02B- მნემონიკადა რამდე [...]

    22. Pre-science-fiction Vonnegut. From the days when he was a nobody and sold stories to periodicals just to keep food on the table. "Souvenir" is probably the best one in the bunch.

    23. Vonnegut is funny, clever, sad--from page to page one never can be sure what is next other than a good read in each story!

    24. The second of only 2 short story collections that Vonnegut released in his life this one is a mixed bag, as is his first. There are some gems here however, as well as some yawns but that’s to be expected from Vonnegut’s short stories, depending on the magazine he was writing for you get a drastically different style of short fiction.This collection although just thrown together for this book, oddly has a recurring theme throughout. Fathers and Sons. It’s no secret that Vonnegut felt strong [...]

    25. Kurt Vonnegut was known as a novelist, but he cut his writing teeth with short stories written in the two decades after World War II for general interest magazines such as Collier's and The Saturday Evening Post. The cream of these short stories were published in 1968 in Welcome to the Monkey House. But Welcome to the Monkey House contained about half of Vonnegut's short stories. The rest of his short works--23 more stories--were collected in Bagombo Snuff Box, published in 1999, just a few year [...]

    26. You can tell that the stories in this collection represent proto-Vonnegut rather than real Vonnegut because although they are written in his trademark voice and with all of his trademark flourishes (e.g. inanimate objects speaking onomatopoeias), they generally exhibit an optimism and a good nature, under the surface of dryness and black humor, that are wholly at odds with the bleakness and nihilism of the famous novels he would go on to write.Although the stories' quality varies, and although t [...]

    27. The Powder Blue Dragonby Kurt VonnegutThe Powder Blue Dragon by Kurt Vonnegut is a cute story about a young man named Kea whom is absolutely obsessed with a racy Italian sports car. He works for nearly half a decade sweeping floors, pumping gas, and taking other odd jobs to earn extra money. He measures success and self-worth based on what he perceives as class, and when he finally has enough money in his account he buys the classiest car in the World. Along the way Kea learns a few lessons abou [...]

    28. Honestly, I enjoy the short fiction a bit more than his novels. Even though many of these are admittedly raw and amateurish and came early in his career before he had developed any confidence or distinctive style, they have punch and show glimpses of his storytelling acumen. Many of his novels, even the very brief ones, feel like overblown short stories that either meander aimlessly or belabor certain points anyway, so getting bite-sized morsels is a bit refreshing.

    29. Finished this book on two different flight journies, and I have to exclaim, I loved Kurt Vonnegut's short stories! I am eager to get my hands on more of his work! Very delightful and extremely unique a style of writing. Crisp, entertaining, kept me chuckling and hungry for the next one. Very welcome break from some of the rather heavy stuff I am currently reading.

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