In his last novel, “Slapstick” (), Kurt Vonnegut told us that he believed in the Bill of Rights, Robert’s Rules of Order and the principles of. [Kurt Vonnegut] has never been more satirically on-target Nothing is spared.” —People Jailbird takes us into a fractured and. Vonnegut had just published his “Watergate novel,” Jailbird, in which he abandons the sketchy sci-fi plot lines that had made Slapstick such a.

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Somewhere towards the back half, though, I began to check out.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This most human and humane of authors who was an atheist and whose books have been burned by these same smug, sanctimonious conservative nutjobs has a better handle than they do on the gospel of Christ which, ironically enough, is the same message you’ll find in those books that were burned.

Through the actions and thoughts of the characters, heavy criticism is made of American corporatism. Jan 10, Scott Stevenson rated it it was amazing.

To ask other readers questions about Jailbirdplease sign up. I vonnehut never choose a favorite Vonnegut book, but when he died recently it was Jailbird I picked up to reread and feel his humanism and his compassion for all of flawed mankind.


Here is a quote, that given our current economic crisis seems perfect: One of those women, Mary Kathleen O’Looney, became both his lover and his socialist inspiration. I wouldn’t call this one of his top books, I would place quite a few above it, but it still is a fast paced and amusing joyride which only Vonnegut could write. Easily his best work of fictions since Slaughterhouse-Five. What jailburd I learn from this book? She returns to his life as an old woman, still devoted to the cause of socialism but several decades older, several degrees more deranged, and several billion dollars richer.


Starbuck is a massively empathetic person, but unfortunately he has learned such vonbegut only at the end of his life, and after numerous disappointments. I was in fact, openly and proudly, a card-carrying communist until Hitler and Stalin signed a non-aggression pact in Nineteen-hundred and Thirty-nine. The New York Times.

He had not seen me yet. Feb 19, Dan rated it liked it Shelves: There was a problem adding your email address. Chapters 9 and As he waits for the guard vonnrgut conduct him out the gates, he reflects upon several important aspects of his past: 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.

Walter’s life has always been a life of the moment, and his very values and core This is, if not the best Vonnegut I have read, at least in the top two. In Jailbird, as in all of his finest fiction, Vonnegut is charming and witty.

Jailbird Summary & Study Guide

Vonnegut’s writing skips around and jailbirf makes no sense until about half way through when it starts to slowly come together. Browse all BookRags Study Guides.

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. Maybe this really deserves four stars, I just can’t tell anymore.

At least you tried to believe what people with hearts believed – so you were a good man just the same. StarbuckKilgore Trout. About the haphazardness of power, economic and political, and the irony and folly vvonnegut Walter F.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He wondered if they might not be sadists. In these respects, Jailbird is typical Vonnegut vonngeut, and for the first half or so, I was quite enjoying it.

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Jailbird Summary & Study Guide

Though still eminently Vonnegut in voice and style, it is not the an exemplar of his work. The book was fun and seemingly lighthearted and like Vonnegut always does he make some serious points. Kurt Vonnegut’s characters and plotlines are the literary jailhird of ‘that’s just how it be on this bitch of an earth’ and I love it.

All the same, he tackles some heavy subjects and embraces the themes with a mature, though still wry humor. Once again Vonnegut gives us a hapless protagonist who lets the waves of life wash over him, rarely taking the time to notice or care all that much.

That’s OK with me. Through Starbuck, Jailbird discusses the history of the American labor movementalongside corporate America, McCarthyismthe Nixon administrationWatergate. Nor had I been a dabbler, a mere parlor pink.

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These are, of course, relative terms for a writer as inventive and socially conscious as Kurt Vonnegut. It assumed that God had no idea what sorts of rubbish His auditors were talking.

American Dreams The tone of the novel gravitates towards a sentimental, dream-like humanism, even when contrasted to the blind faith of the American people and their corrupt politicians in the miraculous potential of the invisible hand of capitalism. Having just finished Kurt Vonnegut’s LettersI remembered Jailbird as one of my least favorite Vonnegut books, and I wondered if maybe I had been too young to appreciate it at the time.