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  posted on 4/11/2007 at 10:37 PM
Never read any of his books until the beginning of this year in school when we read Slaughterhouse Five and it was one of the few books we have ever read in school that I actually liked.

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  posted on 4/11/2007 at 10:39 PM
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  posted on 4/11/2007 at 10:43 PM
Although I don't care for his writing, his cameo in Back to School was priceless. He can party w Rodney.
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  posted on 4/11/2007 at 11:11 PM
Bless you Kurt - into the chronosynclasticinfundibulum.
peace

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  posted on 4/12/2007 at 01:13 AM
I love this writer. I was cleaning out this past winter and threw many old books away but not Vonnegut. I still have about 8 of his books in paperback. I loved the guy from when I was about 14. He had the best sense of humor, wry and complex. He was a true genius. And his discussion about beavers always stuck with me. :-) Read Breakfast of Champions if you don't know what I mean. Slaughter House Five is a classic. RIP Mr Vonnegut. Thanks for shaping my mind properly.

 

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  posted on 4/12/2007 at 01:29 AM
God Bless You, Mr Rosewater

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  posted on 4/12/2007 at 04:40 AM
Sad day when we lose another great mind and writer. RIP Kurt.
 
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  posted on 4/12/2007 at 06:21 AM
Ringo Starr's album Ringo was dedicated to Kilgore Trout and all the beavers.

R.I.P. Mr. Vonnegut

 

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  posted on 4/12/2007 at 07:04 AM
And so it goes...

RIP Kurt, you're one of my true heros.

 

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  posted on 4/12/2007 at 07:12 AM
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Never read any of his books until the beginning of this year in school when we read Slaughterhouse Five and it was one of the few books we have ever read in school that I actually liked.

RIP.


Check out "Cat's Cradle."

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Never read any of his books until the beginning of this year in school when we read Slaughterhouse Five and it was one of the few books we have ever read in school that I actually liked.

RIP.


Check out "Cat's Cradle."

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I second that. There isn't a better guide to life than this book. And Welcome to the Monkey House... I always loved the story of Mr. Edison and the Lightbulb...

 

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  posted on 4/12/2007 at 07:23 AM
Always loved how all his books would come together in the very last paragraph if not the last sentence.
R.I.P., Kurt.

 

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  posted on 4/12/2007 at 07:37 AM
He's not gone....he's just travelling on to another place. See ya round, Billy Pilgrim

 

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  posted on 4/12/2007 at 09:49 AM
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I second that. There isn't a better guide to life than this book. And Welcome to the Monkey House... I always loved the story of Mr. Edison and the Lightbulb...

Third on Cat's Cradle (and Breakfast of Champions, Slauterhouse 5, etc, etc). Remarkable writer. RIP Kurt - Godspeed.

 

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  posted on 4/12/2007 at 10:24 AM
Ah, what a shame, definitely one of my favorites of all time - I think there might be a few books of his I haven't read, but most of them I've read at least a couple of times each.

My favorite would probably be the Sirens of Titan.

We love you, Boaz! We love you, Unc!

One of my favorite lines from Cat's Cradle, I think Bokonon said it, but I forget to whom: You are a fool, and so is anyone else who claims to know what God is thinking.


 

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  posted on 4/12/2007 at 11:42 AM
The Board of Education where I went to high school banned "The Adventures of Huckelberry Finn" because it contained the "n" word in reference to one of its characters.

My english teacher was so exasperated by that that instead he had us read several books by Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle & Slaughterhouse Five and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. They weren't on the banned list.

Those three books were a lot more eye opening that Huck Finn ever would have been.

That was my first introduction to Vonnegut. Brilliant writer.

 

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  posted on 4/12/2007 at 12:25 PM
"I'm going to love these discarded Americans, even though they're useless and unattractive. That is going to be my work of art."

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

What a work of art it was. Thank you, Kurt Vonnegut.

(BTW, anybody besdes me find it kinda ironic, and vaguely hopeful, that of all us 40- and 50-somethings on here who had our worldview seriously impacted by Kurt Vonnegut as young people, it's a high school student from 2007 who posted this thread?)

 

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(BTW, anybody besdes me find it kinda ironic, and vaguely hopeful, that of all us 40- and 50-somethings on here who had our worldview seriously impacted by Kurt Vonnegut as young people, it's a high school student from 2007 who posted this thread?)

LOL! Ironic, but hopeful, as you say - I'm very pleased to know that love of literature is strong within the 'younger generation'!

 

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  posted on 4/12/2007 at 02:57 PM
I think we had a Vonnegut novel every year in high school, which was '81-85, for me.

I think it went Fr: Slapstick, So: Cat's Cradle, Jr: God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Sr: Slaughterhouse Five.

Looking back, Slapstick was probably a little too heavy for 14 year-olds, but we sure got a kick out of the twins sniffing each other's crotches. Hell, we were 14.

 

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  posted on 4/12/2007 at 03:31 PM
read a ton of his books...........

forget when I got off his bus but he kept on writing after I quit reading them.

I don't think I have any other author whom I have read more books written by in my library of things read.

sorry he's gone but what great footprints...........!!!

 

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  posted on 4/12/2007 at 03:34 PM
Vonnegut books always were a great escape for me, and help confirm my theory that your wasting good FUN time if you take life seriously. I also tell people that Pink Floyd's "Echoes" & Phish's "Bouncing Round the Room" are based on Sirens of Tiitan. I have zero proof but that doesn't stop me. Read, listen, then prove me wrong.
Anyway, another piece of my youth has withered away & died.
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  posted on 4/12/2007 at 09:10 PM
I discovered Vonnegut whilst a young teen bedridden with pnuemonia. My mom bought me a bunch of pocketbooks to read, amongst which was "The Sirens Of Titan"... a book and author I had never before heard of. I read the entire book in one sitting and Kurt became one of my favorite writers overnight, which he remains to this day (along with Ray Bradbury and Richard Brautigan).
I have followed, still own, and have loved, all of his books.

Al Stewart was a fan of his and wrote a great musical adaptation of that book for his Modern Times album back in the late 70's.

Several of his books have been turned into movies but, by far, the best adaptation was that of "Slaughterhouse 5". Very well done and highly approved of by Vonnegut. (And for you Valerie Perrine fans, features her screen debut playing the role of the luscious Montana Wildhack.)
If you've never seen it, you should check it out.

"I was the victim of a series of accidents... asn't are we all". -Malachi Constant ( The Sirens Of Titan)

 

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  posted on 4/12/2007 at 09:28 PM
I thought the film adaptation of Mother Night, with Nick Nolte and Wilem Defoe wasn't too bad.

 

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  posted on 4/12/2007 at 09:30 PM
Vonnegut was always a favorite of mine. I was lucky enough to see him speak once.

 

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  posted on 4/12/2007 at 09:31 PM
I liked Breakfast of Champions.

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