[Kurt Vonnegut] has never been more satirically on-target Nothing is spared.” —People Jailbird takes us into a fractured and. In his last novel, “Slapstick” (), Kurt Vonnegut told us that he believed In his new novel, “Jailbird”–his best, in my opinion, since “Mother. Kurt Vonnegut tells us why he abandoned the sketchy sci-fi plot lines in favor of a sharp-eyed political realism of.

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Oh, and having the ability kurtt destroy all life on the planet with a few bombs also changed things. One of those women, Mary Kathleen O’Looney, became both his lover and his socialist inspiration.

I snuck it in just before starting the second semester at Loyola University Chicago.

Jailbird Summary & Study Guide

Perhaps if I had read a book or two of his in my younger days, or chosen a different title for my first Vonnegut reading? 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.

Though its cost in terms of lives was staggering and atrocious, it did jumpstart the economies of Europe and America, even as it triggered the long slide of Russian communism towards its eventual collapse. This page was last edited on 2 Novemberat Chapters 9 and He is doing what he does best, spinning modern fairy tales of human frailty.

Having lived through much of the twentieth century, Walter is the world-weary proxy for the author, able to use his decades of experience in the public service to demonstrate how, no matter what happens, this is life.

I think “sentimental ironist” isn’t a bad summation of Vonnegut’s style, though his books always have a unique theme or thread running through them. There is so much commentary injected in every novel and every short story.


But the humor turns dark when Vonnegut shines his spotlight on the cold hearts and Jailbird takes us into a fractured and comic, pure Vonnegut world of high crimes and misdemeanors in government—and in the heart.

It is plain to see that there is a host of individuals out there who regard Vonnegut as an icon, and I will not presume to gainsay them.

They aren’t forced, they naturally belong just there where the reader sets upon them.


He didn’t forgive him in the way that we often see and practice today: I’m now two books into my own Vonnegut revisit. Walter’s life ourt 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.

American Dreams The tone of the novel gravitates towards a sentimental, vonnegkt 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.

There were several things that made me fall in love with this story, which actually not my standard favorite things about Vonnegut novels. View all 4 comments. Thanks for telling us about the problem. View all 5 comments.

But it’s those Republicans who cloak themselves in smug, moral self-righteousness, jaillbird ones who invoke God and think somehow Jesus would be on board with their selfish hypocrisy, that really annoy me.

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Some of my favorite things with Vonnegut’s writing shone brilliantly through his writing, yet again. Yet some vonnegyt them are still able to perform the most decent acts of small kindness.

Retrieved from ” https: I’m also going to be a bit kinder to grocery bag ladies on the street. The novelist is known for works blending satire, black comedy and science fiction, such as Slaughterhouse-FiveCat’s Cradleand Breakfast of Champions His experiences as an advance scout in the Battle of the Bulge, and in particular his witnessing of the bombing of Dresden, Germany whilst a prisoner of war, would inform much of his work.

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It accused the auditors rather than God of cruelly deceiving new arrivals about the opportunities they had had on Earth.

Jailbird Summary & Study Guide

Chapters 11, 12, 13 and Through the actions and thoughts of the characters, heavy criticism is made of American corporatism. To me the underlying theme of Vonnegut’s work is the importance of fundamental kindness. Moving fluidly back and forth between past and present, incident and insight, irony and irony, the novel explores themes relating to the tension between capitalism and communism, layers of meaning inherent in layers of identity, fact, and fiction, and the interconnectedness of all things.

He was a veteran of countless border crossings by then. This is one of Vonnegut’s more explicitly politically contemporary novels and one of his best–in his opinion as well as mine. Corrections 1 7 Dec 24, Parts of the book are dedicated to recounting some of the history of the American labor industry.

Chapters 5, 6, 7 and 8. When I was a senior in high school, I was introduced to Vonnegut and proceeded to read everything the man had ever written and would ever write.

I like the subtle way in which Vonnegut critiques both capitalism and communism here. Vonnegut and I would only end up telling you the whole story.

I about fell off my chair. This wry tale follows bumbling bureaucrat Walter F. I did relearn a bunch about Sacco and Vanzetti though, so that was nice? Read more from the Study Guide. Here’s my favorite part of this one: