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Look at the Birdie

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ISBN 10 : 9780385343725
Pages : 270 pages
Rating : 4.3/5 (437 downloads)

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Look at the Birdie

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Publisher : Random House
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ISBN 10 : 9780099548850
Pages : 274 pages
Rating : 4.8/5 (488 downloads)

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Hall of Mirrors (Short Story)

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Publisher : Delacorte Press
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ISBN 10 : 9780440339458
Pages : 18 pages
Rating : 4.9/5 (394 downloads)

Download Hall of Mirrors (Short Story) PDF Full Free by Kurt Vonnegut and published by Delacorte Press. This book was released on 2009-10-20 with total page 18 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Look at the Birdie is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and often funny portrait of life in post–World War II America—a world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. In this disquieting tale, the investigation into a string of mysterious disappearances turns surreal for two detectives, when they pay a visit to the home of a celebrated hypnotist. But who will turn the tables on whom when the final spell is cast? Hall of Mirrors and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces that comprise Look at the Birdie serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonnegut's unique voice had been stilled forever—and provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.


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FUBAR (Short Story)

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Publisher : Delacorte Press
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ISBN 10 : 9780440339410
Pages : 18 pages
Rating : 4.9/5 (394 downloads)

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Confido (Stories)

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ISBN 10 : 9780440339403
Pages : 14 pages
Rating : 4.9/5 (394 downloads)

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The Petrified Ants (Stories)

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Publisher : Delacorte Press
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ISBN 10 : 9780440339397
Pages : 18 pages
Rating : 4.9/5 (393 downloads)

Download The Petrified Ants (Stories) PDF Full Free by Kurt Vonnegut and published by Delacorte Press. This book was released on 2009-09-29 with total page 18 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Look at the Birdie is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and often funny portrait of life in post—World War II America–a world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. Vonnegut explores the relationship between science’s pursuit of truth and the state’s need to control it in “The Petrified Ants,” a darkly whimsical story about two Soviet researchers who stumble upon an amazing discovery, only to learn that natural history is also written by the hand that wields the power. “The Petrified Ants” and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces that comprise Look at the Birdie serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonnegut’s unique voice had been stilled forever–and provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius. Other stories from Look at the Birdie available as single-story e-books: On sale August 25, 2009 "Hello, Red" On sale October 20, 2009: "Confido" "FUBAR" "Shout About It from the Housetops" "Ed Luby's Key Club" "A Song for Selma" "Hall of Mirrors" "The Nice Little People" "Little Drops of Water" "The Honor of a Newsboy" "Look at the Birdie" (Short Story) "King and Queen of the Universe" "The Good Explainer"


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The Good Explainer (Stories)

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Publisher : Delacorte Press
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ISBN 10 : 9780440339519
Pages : 12 pages
Rating : 4.9/5 (395 downloads)

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Ed Luby's Key Club (Stories)

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Publisher : Delacorte Press
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ISBN 10 : 9780440339434
Pages : 52 pages
Rating : 4.9/5 (394 downloads)

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The Honor of a Newsboy (Stories)

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Publisher : Delacorte Press
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ISBN 10 : 9780440339489
Pages : 10 pages
Rating : 4.9/5 (394 downloads)

Download The Honor of a Newsboy (Stories) PDF Full Free by Kurt Vonnegut and published by Delacorte Press. This book was released on 2009-10-20 with total page 10 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Look at the Birdie is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and often funny portrait of life in post–World War II America—a world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. Determined to trip up a murder suspect, a small-town police chief relies on the good word of a scrupulous newspaper delivery boy whose dedication to his craft—and to his cowardly father—may hold the key to cracking the case. The Honor of a Newsboy and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces that comprise Look at the Birdie serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonnegut's unique voice had been stilled forever—and provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.


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Little Drops of Water (Stories)

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ISBN 10 : 9780440339472
Pages : 18 pages
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A Song for Selma (Stories)

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Publisher : Delacorte Press
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ISBN 10 : 9780440339441
Pages : 18 pages
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King and Queen of the Universe (Stories)

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ISBN 10 : 9780440339502
Pages : 20 pages
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Shout About It from the Housetops (Stories)

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Publisher : Delacorte Press
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ISBN 10 : 9780440339427
Pages : 14 pages
Rating : 4.9/5 (394 downloads)

Download Shout About It from the Housetops (Stories) PDF Full Free by Kurt Vonnegut and published by Delacorte Press. This book was released on 2009-10-20 with total page 14 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Look at the Birdie is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction. In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and often funny portrait of life in post—World War II America–a world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. In “Shout About It from the Housetops,” an unassuming storm window salesman observes the effects of full disclosure firsthand when he drops in on the town’s freshly minted celebrity couple–a notorious ladies’ man and his novelist wife, author of a scandalous bestseller not-so-loosely based on her real marriage. “Shout About It from the Housetops” and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces that comprise Look at the Birdie serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonnegut’s unique voice had been stilled forever–and provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.


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And So It Goes

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ISBN 10 : 9781429973793
Pages : 528 pages
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Download And So It Goes PDF Full Free by Charles J. Shields and published by Henry Holt and Company. This book was released on 2011-11-08 with total page 528 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A New York Times Notable Book for 2011 A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book for 2011 The first authoritative biography of Kurt Vonnegut Jr., a writer who changed the conversation of American literature. In 2006, Charles Shields reached out to Kurt Vonnegut in a letter, asking for his endorsement for a planned biography. The first response was no ("A most respectful demurring by me for the excellent writer Charles J. Shields, who offered to be my biographer"). Unwilling to take no for an answer, propelled by a passion for his subject, and already deep into his research, Shields wrote again and this time, to his delight, the answer came back: "O.K." For the next year—a year that ended up being Vonnegut's last—Shields had access to Vonnegut and his letters. And So It Goes is the culmination of five years of research and writing—the first-ever biography of the life of Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut resonates with readers of all generations from the baby boomers who grew up with him to high-school and college students who are discovering his work for the first time. Vonnegut's concise collection of personal essays, Man Without a Country, published in 2006, spent fifteen weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and has sold more than 300,000 copies to date. The twenty-first century has seen interest in and scholarship about Vonnegut's works grow even stronger, and this is the first book to examine in full the life of one of the most influential iconoclasts of his time.


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Kurt Vonnegut

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ISBN 10 : 9781438148410
Pages : 141 pages
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Kurt Vonnegut and the American Novel

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ISBN 10 : 9781441130341
Pages : 208 pages
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Download Kurt Vonnegut and the American Novel PDF Full Free by Robert T. Tally, Jr. and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2011-08-11 with total page 208 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The novels of Kurt Vonnegut depict a profoundly absurd and distinctly postmodern world. But in this critical study, Robert Tally argues that Vonnegut himself is actually a modernist, who is less interested in indulging in the free play of signifiers than in attempting to construct a model that could encompass the American experience at the end of the twentieth century. As a modernist wrestling with a postmodern condition, Vonnegut makes use of diverse and sometimes eccentric narrative techniques (such as metafiction, collage, and temporal slippages) to project a comprehensive vision of life in the United States. Vonnegut's novels thus become experiments in making sense of the radical transformations of self and society during that curious, unstable period called, perhaps ironically, the 'American Century.' An untimely figure, Vonnegut develops a postmodern iconography of American civilization while simultaneously acknowledging the impossibility of a truly comprehensive representation.


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Kurt Vonnegut Remembered

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Publisher : University Alabama Press
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ISBN 10 : 9780817320119
Pages : 261 pages
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Download Kurt Vonnegut Remembered PDF Full Free by Jim O'Loughlin and published by University Alabama Press. This book was released on 2019-03-26 with total page 261 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A collection of reminiscences that illuminate the career and private life of the iconic author of 'Slaughterhouse-Five' Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007), who began his writing career working for popular magazines, held both literary aspirations and an attraction to genre fiction. His conspicuous refusal to respect literary boundaries was part of what made him a countercultural icon in the 1960s and 1970s. Vonnegut's personal life was marked in large part by public success and private turmoil. Two turbulent marriages, his sudden adoption of his late sister's four children (and the equally sudden removal of one of those children), and a mid-eighties suicide attempt all signaled the extent of Vonnegut's inner troubles. Yet, he was a generous friend to many, maintaining close correspondences throughout his life. Kurt Vonnegut Remembered gathers reminiscences--by those who knew him intimately, and from those met him only once--that span Vonnegut's entire life. Among the anecdotes in this collection are remembrances from his immediate family, reflections from his comrades in World War II, and tributes from writers he worked with in Iowa City and from those who knew him when he was young. Editor Jim O'Loughlin offers biographical notes on Vonnegut's relationship with each of these figures. Since Vonnegut's death, much has been written on his life and work, but this new volume offers a more generous view of his life, particularly his last years. In O'Loughlin's introduction to the volume, he argues that we can locate and understand Vonnegut's best self through his public persona, and that in his performance as the kind and humane figure that many of the speakers here knew him as, Vonnegut became a better person than he ever felt himself to be.