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A Man Without a Country (2005)

por Kurt Vonnegut

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Author Kurt Vonnegut shares his often hilarious and always insightful reflections on America, art, politics, and life in general.
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Un hombre sin patria por Kurt Vonnegut (2005)

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    Cuna de gato por Kurt Vonnegut (KayCliff)
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    Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1 por Mark Twain (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: The ranting of a disgruntled American humorist.
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    Autobiography of Mark Twain, volume 2 por Mark Twain (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: The authors' parting shots on their lives and times, especially their somewhat pessimistic opinions regarding the prevailing political situations.
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Cares about the world
but seems a little cranky
fed up with bullshit. ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
A Man Without A Country is an interesting look at the mind of one of my favorite authors, but the introduction by his daughter is almost sufficient in that respect -- and arguably better written than either of the actual Vonnegut stories in this collection. Reading the first story, an unpublished piece written sometime before Player Piano, has an interesting plot but very mediocre writing. It goes fast and is ultimately a nice read, but it's not particularly interesting. The second story, We Are What We Pretend To Be, an unfinished novel from 2000, is interesting more because of how cynical and even broken it seems. I read and loved Timequake, a novel equally miserable about aging, but somehow this story about a troubled comedian just had none of the charm of that novel. Maybe it would have been better with editing. ( )
  Roeghmann | Dec 8, 2019 |
Reading this book was like sitting and listening to a grandfather wax vociferous on the state of the world. Repetitive and opinion-filled, but wonderful and entertaining and often true. How cool would it have been to have Kurt Vonnegut be your grandpa? ( )
  Zaiga | Sep 23, 2019 |
I believe everyone should read Kurt Vonnegut. I also believe that if you read him at only one time in your life, it should be when you are young. Most of the Vonnegut I have read was before or well before I was 30. His various novels, especially my favorite SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE, detail the worst of what the world might offer but also the best of how we can handle it. However fantastic the goings on, the strength of our humanity will be what gets us through. This is largely why he was so popular among college kids in the sixties who were tossing off the time worn structures of religion and politics and embracing humanism. I took his books as a tuning fork setting the tone for how I perceived the world: hard but not without hope. What fascinated me about this collection of Vonnegut materials (mostly worth reading) is that it seemingly unconsciously reveals what happens to old humanists. When you consider humanity responsible for all that is wicked and wonderful in the world, you have no safety net other than your own contentment with what you have done. And part of getting older and older and old is evaluating the paths you have chosen that determine that contentment. This book indicates this isn't always a restful process. Vonnegut's humor and humanity still twinkle but also at times a gloom is cast that can be quite unsettling--as if hope had escaped Vonnegut. In my 50's now, I pride myself on still hearing that tone I picked up from Vonnegut years ago. Sometimes I have to strain to hear it or seek a quiet place from which to listen--but it is still there. That is not always evident for Vonnegut himself in this book. Maybe this explains the title better than anything else. In the end we are our own countries, our own world, our own responsibility. As we live, we learn but knowledge should not be the enemy of hope--but it certainly has a habit of wounding it.

While pondering this review I kept thinking of the Coen Brothers and in particular their movie THE BIG LEBOWSKI. I would like to think that among the last thoughts of Kurt Vonnegut was something as reassuring as "The Dude Abides". If you don't know what that means watch the movie. If then you still don't know what it means, watch it again. So it goes. ( )
  KurtWombat | Sep 15, 2019 |
A Man Without a Country, a collection of essays, was Vonnegut’s last book. In keeping with my practice of acquiring books chiefly from garage sales and used-book stores, I discovered it ten years after it had become a bestseller. As a longtime Vonnegut fan, I expected to love it, and I did, I do.

I now realize how naive I have been in being disappointed how he conducted his marriages and how he left child-rearing to his wives. His insight into life and his way of expressing its joys and disappointments issue from the flawed man that he was, and my misguided judgments about his life issue from the flawed woman that I am. I take him as he is with gratitude at his ability to say things so simply and perfectly, to ask and answer all the questions human beings have. And in this collection, he even showed me that he had spent some time ruminating about his lost marriage and also about something that I’ve spent a lot of time considering: why inter-gender relationships are so damned challenging. A case in point:

"Freud said he didn’t know what women wanted. I know what women want: a whole lot of people to talk to. What do they want to talk about? They want to talk about everything.
What do men want? They want a lot of pals, and they wish people wouldn’t get so mad at them .
Why are so many people getting divorced today? It’s because most of us don’t have extended families anymore. It used to be that when a man and a woman got married, the bride got a lot more people to talk to about everything. The groom got a lot more pals to tell dumb jokes to."

He also talks about the admirable qualities of socialism and what it was like to be a prisoner of war in Dresden, as British incendiary bombs destroyed the city.
And so it goes. ( )
  bookcrazed | Sep 14, 2019 |
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As a kid I was the youngest member of my family, and the youngest child in any family is always a jokemaker, because a joke is the only way he can enter into an adult conversation.
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Humor is an almost physiological response to fear.
And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.

So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.
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