A Man Without a Country

A Man Without a Country NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER This may be as close as Vonnegut ever comes to a memoir Los Angeles Times Like that of his literary ancestor Mark Twain Kurt Vonnegut s crankiness is good hud and sharp witt

  • Title: A Man Without a Country
  • Author: Kurt Vonnegut
  • ISBN: 9780747584063
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Hardcover
  • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER This may be as close as Vonnegut ever comes to a memoir Los Angeles Times Like that of his literary ancestor Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut s crankiness is good hud and sharp witted Reading A Man Without a Country is like sitting down on the couch for a long chat with an old friend The New York Times Book ReviewIn a volume thatNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER This may be as close as Vonnegut ever comes to a memoir Los Angeles Times Like that of his literary ancestor Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut s crankiness is good hud and sharp witted Reading A Man Without a Country is like sitting down on the couch for a long chat with an old friend The New York Times Book ReviewIn a volume that is penetrating, introspective, incisive, and laugh out loud funny, one of the great men of letters of this age or any age holds forth on life, art, sex, politics, and the state of America s soul From his coming of age in America, to his formative war experiences, to his life as an artist, this is Vonnegut doing what he does best Being himself Whimsically illustrated by the author, A Man Without a Country is intimate, tender, and brimming with the scope of Kurt Vonnegut s passions For all those who have lived with Vonnegut in their imaginations this is what he is like in person USA Today Filled with Vonnegut s usual contradictory mix of joy and sorrow, hope and despair, humor and gravity Chicago Tribune Fans will linger on every word as once again Vonnegut captures the complexity of the human condition with stunning calligraphic simplicity The Australian Thank God, Kurt Vonnegut has broken his promise that he will never write another book In this wondrous assemblage of mini memoirs, we discover his family s legacy and his obstinate, unfashionable humanism Studs Terkel

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    1. On April 11, 2007 ,at around 6am, I awoke to NPR news announcing that Kurt Vonnegut had passed away. Normally I would just go back to sleep, but I popped out of bed and went to my computer to confirm that it was really true (because you know how NPR gives false information all the time and shit).Then my next thought was to go to Half Priced books and buy every Kurt Vonnegut book there.So I set my alarm for 9am so I could make sure I was there when they opened the doors because I didn't want to h [...]

    2. A while back another writer, a reviewer, a critic, or whatever we are called, described a Kurt Vonnegut novel as another fun visit with Uncle Kurt. I really liked that description and have since plagiarized that avuncular idea to denote reading a Vonnegut book. Like another of my favorites, Robert A. Heinlein, who has also been described as a crazy old uncle you run into at a reunion, Uncle Kurt can make you laugh, make you a little uncomfortable, and most of all make you think. A Man Without A [...]

    3. "As long as there is a lower class. I am in it.As long as there is a criminal element, I'm of it. As long as there is a soul in prison, I am not free."-- Eugene Debs, Quoted in Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a CountryWe use humor to dull the pain. We use drugs too, but humor often costs less and last longer. I think one of the reasons I've been so drawn to Vonnegut the last couple weeks is our recent election. Vonnegut almost seems to be a Rosetta Stone for our times. He wrote this, his last book, [...]

    4. A man without a country, Kurt Vonnegut (1927 - ) تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و پنجم ماه دسامبر سال 2012 میلادیعنوان: مرد بی وطن؛ اثر: کورت ونه گات؛ مترجمها: پریسا سلیمان زاده اردبیلی؛ زیبا گنجی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، مروارید، 1386، در 138 ص، مصور، جدول، واژه نامه، شابک: 9789648838527؛ موضوع: سرگذشتنامه نویسندگان آمر [...]

    5. I think it's a rule that you have to quote Vonnegut if you review his work. I've been bad about it in the past, but this book is essentially just a quotable book. What better time to start. :)Some of my favorite quotes from A Man Without a Country:"Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college.""There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I don' [...]

    6. And if I should ever die, God forbid, I hope you will say "Kurt is up in heaven now." That's my favorite joke.In a country that gets its feathers ruffled beyond all rational allowance should one commit the hell-worthy trespass of bidding someone else of unknown spiritual beliefs an all-encompassing, meant-to-convey-well-wishings-without-presumption "Happy holidays" and thus betray one's role as a covert hippie cog in the heathen machine that's making a religious majority feel increasingly insecu [...]

    7. من کورت ونه گات را دوست دارم و با این حال با عرض شرمندگی هنووووز "سلاخ خانه ی شماره پنج" ش رو نخوندمپ.ن: بالاخره خوندمشاین اثر، داستان نیست. گونه ای از بازگویی خاطرات نویسنده س به سبک غیرمعمول خاص خودش ولی بیشتر از خاطرات، طرزفکر ونه گات رو راجع به خیلی چیزها عیان می کنه. ونه گات [...]

    8. مرد بي وطندر كنار رمان هاي گوناگون، گاهي خواندن چنين كتاب هايي كه حاصل يك عمر تجربه ي مردي دنياديده است،بد نيست. مثل اين است كه به پاي حرف هاي پيرمردي بنشيني و اجازه بدهي هرچه ميخواهد از اين دنيا گله كند بلكه آرام شود. هميشه شنيدن ديدگاه سالخوردگان درباره ي حقيقت زندگي، جذاب اس [...]

    9. "But I am eighty-two. Thanks a lot, you dirty rats. The last thing I ever wanted was to be alive when the three most powerful people on the whole planet would be named Bush, Dick and Colon.”Well, I wonder what thoughts mr. Vonnegut would have after last year's electionsI don't want to review this book in detail - it's good, it's vonnegutian, it's funny and clever, and you should read it yourself, it'll take you a couple of hours, no more. And that was my only problem with this book - it was to [...]

    10. ونه گات فوق العاده بود حسابی عاشقش شدم. تازه این کتاب مجموعه مقالاتش بود. همه نوشته ها رو دوست داشتم ولی می خوام این قسمتش همیشه یادم بمونه:از همه شما که به سن و سال نوه هایم هستید عذر می خواهم. و خیلی از شماها که این کتاب را می خوانید احتمالا هم سن نوه هایم هستید. آن ها هم درست مثل [...]

    11. “Persuasive guessing has been at the core of leadership for so long, for all of human experience so far, that it is wholly unsurprising that most of the leaders of this planet, in spite of all the information that is suddenly ours, want the guessing to go on.” Ovu kratku knjigu je Vonegut napisao u osamdeset četvrtoj godini i nevjerovatno je koliko je i tada bio pun života i volje za kritiziranjem. Svojim prepoznatljivim britkim stilom piše o svemu što mu padne na pamet. Ima tu malo auto [...]

    12. Μεχρι στιγμης πιστευα οτι ο Βοννεγκατ ηταν ενας τρελαρας που εγραφε εξισου τρελα βιβλια με ο,τι ιδεα του κατεβαινε στο κεφαλι.με αυτο το βιβλιο που περιεχει καποιες προσωπικες του σκεψεις και εμπειριες , καταλαβα οτι ηταν ακριβως αυτο αλλα και ενας ανθρωπος με μεγαλες ευαι [...]

    13. People may find fault with Vonnegut for his know-it-all, been-there-done-that tone in this memoir. People may not even find anything new or insightful in here since every person well-versed with current affairs and the nitty-gritties of international politics has at least a second-hand knowledge of America's present day troubles. But what people are certainly bound to appreciate is Vonnegut's mordant wit and his fine sense of humour.

    14. Kurt Vonnegut's darkly twisted cantankerous humor mixed with genuine compassion for the human condition makes its way into A Man Without a Country. This book, apparently the closest thing to a memoir Vonnegut ever wrote, is a must read for Vonnegut fans (and I definitely count myself in that camp). Vonnegut has a way of looking at the world that is often quite rationale, but all the same surprising (and sometimes disturbing). This is a great start to Vonnegut's thinking or a great companion for [...]

    15. As seems to happen often, I became a fan of Vonnegut during college. It's been a few years since then and so to finally hear him writing in his own voice about his own thoughts, as opposed to getting to know him through the eyes of his fictional characters, was very cool. The sarcasm, the dry wit, that cynical-yet-hopeful view of the worldah yes, if Mark Twain had a 20th Century doppelganger, it was Vonnegut.

    16. Kurt Vonnegut is a national treasure. Period. It was my intention to expand upon my opinion of Kurt Vonnegut in this review but the above statement alone seems sufficient. I love Kurt Vonnegut. Fuck Fox News. I hate Fox News because they hated Kurt Vonnegut. What did he do wrong? He spoke the truth. He spoke without flourish or innuendo, straightforwardly, about things that are taboo. Fox would rather lie to you and discredit an honest man after his death than risk you going out and reading his [...]

    17. "Life is no way to treat an animal." (123)A Man Without a Country is a somewhat loose collection, thematically speaking, of writings and reflections by Vonnegut on everything from literature to sex and politics. It is written by a man near the end of life—Vonnegut was 82 at the time—reflecting on his life and career as well as the state of the world generally and the United States in particular. Needless to say (if you are familiar especially with the late Vonnegut) there is not much to be o [...]

    18. I am a fan of Vonnegut's literary work, but this is a bit different. It's more a collection of rants and snippets of memoirs about literature, life, and politics. Of course his point of view is interesting and funny, but if you are looking for something more literary I suggest trying Galapagos or Slaughterhouse 5.That being said, Vonnegut articulates clever and poignant diatribes about how humans are turning the world to crap, how our zest for technology is actually hurting us, and society's gen [...]

    19. واخ واخ واخ، من چي كار كنم از دست تو خبنميتونم پنج بدم بهش متاسفانه، فاقد المان هاي پنج-بگير بود ولي منظورم چهار و نيمه، حتي شايد چهار و شش دهم! “If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. [...]

    20. آقای هپ گود، بفرمایید شما که فارغ التحصیل هاروارد هستید. چرا آدمی با امکانات شما چنین زندگی را در پیش می گیرد؟خب معلوم است، به دلیل موعظه ی عیسی در بالای کوه، عالی جنابنه قرض بده نه قرض بگیر. آخه مگه زندگی غیر از قرض دادن و قرض گرفتن های بی پایان، غیر از بده و بستان چیز دیگری ست؟ [...]

    21. مجموعه‌ای از حرف‌های آقای ونه‌گوت درباره همه چیز.و البته حرف‌های آقای ونه‌گوت حرف‌های خیلی خوبی هست. و ارزش خوندن داره. طنز هم هست گاهی و تلخ.قسمتی که فراموش نمی‌کنم‌اش، هیچوقت، موقعیه که درباره مهم بودن زیبایی‌های لحظه‌ای و کوچیک حرف می‌زنه و ماجرای پست کردن‌ کارهاش ر [...]

    22. Another good reads reviewer said that Kurt Vonnegut's death was such a great loss because "nobody thinks the way he did." So true, and such an understatement. There's just no other mind that works anything like his. Of course, every mind is unique, but most of us are depressingly ordinary, myself included. SighThis book is an odd compilation of the meandering thoughts, observations and reminiscences of Vonnegut at the age of 82. There are some 2 star WTF moments where you have to make allowances [...]

    23. Something of a misnomer, this title: “A Memoir of Life in George W. Bush’s America.” Hmm. No. In fact, Kurt’s final book is another collage of pieces taken from public speeches, and various articles commissioned for the publication In These Times. Michael Silverblatt described this book as a “response to a plea”—that plea coming from the editors of Seven Stories Press, who tickled Vonnegut into writing little chunks again. Any fresh writing from an eighty-three-year-old man is hard [...]

    24. This is the most human of Vonnegut's works--written when he was 82, shortly before he died. It's a thin volume that can be read in one sitting--and it gives new insight into this humanist writer who loved his country and the world so much that he spent most of his life FURIOUS at how stupid people could be. Each short essay begins with a quotation from Vonnegut, and the plot diagrams in chap. 3 on "creative writing" are hilarious. But this thin volume is full of anger as well as humor--Vonnegut' [...]

    25. کتاب رنجنامه ی(بقول مترجم وصیت نامه) ونه گاتهونه گات 82 ساله به پشت سرش نگاه میکنه و جز ویرانی نمیبینه. شاکی از دست بشر، دولتها و زمانه س.بنظرش حتی سیاره زمین هم از دست انسانها عاصی شده و سعی میکنه با تولید ایدز و انواع آنفولانزا و سل و غیره و غیره خودشو از شر اونا خلاص کنه ولی چند [...]

    26. I rarely read a book twice--there are just too many books to read in this world and not enough time to read them all. This is one of my exceptions, though, and I loved it even more the second time than the first. Vonnegut is incredibly interesting, down-to-earth, and funny as he goes on rants about America, people in general, and all the things he's seen during his life. Highly recommended for anyone who has ever read and enjoyed a book by Vonnegut, but also highly recommended for anyone who wan [...]

    27. Sheesh, I haven't read Vonnegut in forever. It's a wonderful trip down memory lane to reconnect with his writing. This is a short collection, basically full of his musings and thoughts (often relating to contemporary issues of the times, written mid-2000s, so lots of focus on Bush/Cheney regime. Most of these musings absolutely still applicable to current political state/policies imo). My goodness if Vonnegut had been around for this well I doubt he would have been surprised, I'll tell you that [...]

    28. میدونید چیه؟ الان اولین سوالی که میخوام تو این ریویو بپرسم اینه که اون کسی که اینو به من دادی!آیا هدف خاصی داشتید از دادنش؟ یعنی میخوام بگم چی باعث شد"اینو"بدین؟ چون چندوقت پیش، از یه نفر دیگه که یه کتاب داده بود بهم که جدی جدی جدی دوسش داشتم و احساس میکردم از اون نوع کتاباییه که [...]

    29. The last book written by Vonnegut (I believe) and composed of short essays about various things (politics, life, human nature, death) this was a quick, delightful and sometimes depressing read. But then isn't everything Vonnegut writes some strange mix of delightful and depressing? It seems that as he has aged, Vonnegut has become less optimistic about the human species. I can't really blame him. Yet, even as he lambastes Bush, bombs, war, pollution, and the generally inconsiderate among us, he [...]

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