BluebeardBook - 2011
Broad humor and bitter irony collide in this fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, who, at age seventy-one, wants to be left alone on his Long Island estate with the secret he has locked inside his potato barn. But then a voluptuous young widow badgers Rabo into telling his life story--and Vonnegut in turn tells us the plain, heart-hammering truth about man's careless fancy to create or destroy what he loves.
Praise for Bluebeard
"Vonnegut is at his edifying best." -- The Philadelphia Inquirer
"The quicksilver mind of Vonnegut is at it again. . . . He displays all his talents--satire, irony, ridicule, slapstick, and even a shaggy dog story of epic proportions." -- The Cincinnati Post
"[Kurt Vonnegut is] a voice you can trust to keep poking holes in the social fabric." -- San Francisco Chronicle
"It has the qualities of classic Bosch and Slaughterhouse Vonnegut. . . . Bluebeard is uncommonly feisty." -- USA Today
"Is Bluebeard good? Yes! . . . This is vintage Vonnegut--good wine from his best grapes." -- The Detroit News
"A joyride . . . Vonnegut is more fascinated and puzzled than angered by the human stupidities and contradictions he discerns so keenly. So hop in his rumble seat. As you whiz along, what you observe may provide some new perspectives." -- Kansas City Star
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All the returning veterans in the movies are our age or older," he said. That was true. In the movies you seldom saw the babies who had done most of the heavy fighting on the ground in the war. "Yes--" I said, "and most of the actors in the movies never even went to war. They came home to the wife and kids and swimming pool after every grueling day in front of the cameras, after firing off blank cartridges while men all around them were spitting catsup." "That's what the young people will think our war was fifty years from now," said Kitchen, "old men and blanks and catsup." So they would. So they do. "Because of the movies," he predicted, "nobody will believe that it was babies who fought the war.
I had made her so unhappy that she developed a sense of humor, which she certainly didn't have when I married her.
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