Съдби, по-лоши от смъртта

  • Title: Съдби, по-лоши от смъртта
  • Author: Kurt Vonnegut Веселин Лаптев Кърт Вонегът
  • ISBN: 9789543111008
  • Page: 176
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    1. Kurt Vonnegut Веселин Лаптев Кърт Вонегът

      Kurt Vonnegut, Junior was an American novelist, satirist, and most recently, graphic artist He was recognized as New York State Author for 2001 2003 He was born in Indianapolis, later the setting for many of his novels He attended Cornell University from 1941 to 1943, where he wrote a column for the student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journalist before joining the U.S Army and serving in World War II After the war, he attended University of Chicago as a graduate student in anthropology and also worked as a police reporter at the City News Bureau of Chicago He left Chicago to work in Schenectady, New York in public relations for General Electric He attributed his unadorned writing style to his reporting work 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 This event would also form the core of his most famous work, Slaughterhouse Five, the book which would make him a millionaire This acerbic 200 page book is what most people mean when they describe a work as Vonnegutian in scope Vonnegut was a self proclaimed humanist and socialist influenced by the style of Indiana s own Eugene V Debs and a lifelong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union.The novelist is known for works blending satire, black comedy and science fiction, such as Slaughterhouse Five 1969 , Cat s Cradle 1963 , and Breakfast of Champions 1973


    1. I read this book all the way through on June 6 2007, in the lobby of the Executive West hotel in Louisville, KY while my husband took his radiology boards. It was as if Kurt Vonnegut himself was seated beside me and had spent that day with me. He made me laugh, he made me think and he took my mind off of the matter at hand. It was one of the bright sunny, wonderful days of one's life and I am so happy that Kurt was part of it.

    2. This is Vonnegut’s last in the trio of “autobiographical collages,” which is a canny way of presenting various nonfiction materials without having to impose a structure on the book. This is the most shambolic of the three—firstly, Fates Worse Than Death is divided into conventional chapters, so the reader has no contents table to peruse the various speeches Kurt reproduces here from recent public speaking events. And the book is mostly reproduced public speeches, most of which are entert [...]

    3. “Non sono andato a scegliermi gli antenati e considero il mio cervello e il mio corpo come una casa che abito, costruita molto tempo prima che fossi nato.” (p. 28)  “Io so essere più svelto della Chiesa Cattolica Romana nell’annunciare chi è santo, dato che non richiedo prove da aula di tribunale sulla capacità dimostrata dal tal dei tali in almeno tre occasioni, di compiere magie con l’aiuto di Dio. Per me è sufficiente se una persona […] trova senza difficoltà che tutte le ra [...]

    4. "Съдби, по-лоши от смъртта" вероятно не е най-добрата книга на Кърт Вонегът, но със сигурност е една от тези с най-силен личен елемент. Многото автобиографични моменти в нея са посветени на събитията и личностите, повлияли силно на формирането му като човек и автор - войните, д [...]

    5. As I work my way through his books, I find that I love his speeches and essays far more than his fiction. That is a pleasant surprise. I absolutely loved this book - perhaps more than Palm Sunday. There are too many passages to quote but I'll note a few:"We were in hell, thanks to technology which was telling us what to do, instead of the other way around. And it wasn't just TV. It was weapons which could actually kill everything half a world away. It was vehicles powered by glurp from undergrou [...]

    6. I enjoyed this book gosh darn too much quote:"Dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah,Dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah!Dah dah dah dah dah,Dah dah dah dah dah!Dah dah dah dah dah fucking cunt."

    7. I was first introduced to Vonnegut through his fiction, which is a good portion of what he's written. And that those works are great - he has some unique and interesting ideas, and he has the ability to wrap a funny, compelling, and meaningful story around them.I eventually stumbled upon the group of Vonnegut's publications, like this one, which feature him speaking in his own voice, presenting his experiences and ideas first hand. And to me, that was so utterly refreshing. Reading his fiction, [...]

    8. I love Vonnegut memoirs, and this one is right on par with Palm Sunday. As someone interested in religion, I appreciated how directly Kurt addresses his own atheism/sloppy Unitarianism, and what he perceives as the failures of Christianity. It always surprises me how much I enjoy the perspectives of this smoky old curmudgeon. This book was written at about the same time as his novel "Hocus Pocus," which is one of his most negative and weakly written novels. It's strange how this memoir then spea [...]

    9. It's one to dip into rather than read cover to cover. A collection of essays and speeches unsurprisingly there is a bit of repetition. But as with all Vonnegut what he says is worth hearing, warm, funny, bewildered and cynical yet hopeful. Often in the same paragraph. I didn't alwAys agree, but I always enjoyed reading this.And the world's dirtiest limericks joke made me giggle on the train

    10. This is Vonnegut's third nonfiction collection, and covers the 80's. A weaker effort; I thought there was a lot of padding in the book, Vonnegut is grumpier (and seriously depressed), and there is a bit too much name-dropping of his famous author friends. His shtick is starting to get old. But in fairness he admits all of this in the book (except the name-dropping).

    11. If I could give this a 4.5 star, I completely would. This book is self-awareness at its finest. Of course, I thoroughly adore Vonnegut. This is the 18th book I've read of his, and I may be getting so excited about this because I haven't read one of his works in so long. It was refreshing to be immersed in his style again, to feel understood by his witty and unconventional perspective. Some people may think that this books is rather dark, seems tired, and isn't the most perfectly written. But tha [...]

    12. A sequel to one of Vonnegut’s earlier essay collection Fates Worse Than Death gives a glimpse into Kurt’s life in the mid 90’s and explores how he was feeling after the death of his best friend and his feeling that his life was coming into the final stages and what he thought that meant.There’s lots of good stuff here for Vonnegut fanatics like myself, back story on novels, people in his life that inspired characters in his novels like Billy Pilgrim. It also explores many themes that Von [...]

    13. This would make a terrible introduction for readers new to Vonnegut. I'm a huge fan, I enjoyed this disjointed collage of musings. It would be fair to assume Vonnegut has a cynical tone throughout this book but the more I've come to understand him, I read it as a total lack of confidence in his perspective, which I appreciate and find refreshing. I finished this book several weeks ago and have had to dig back in to find a passage here and there that was spinning around in my head.

    14. Rather dated cynicism from Kurt Vonnegut - a good writer but dousing everything with negativity.

    15. As with Vonnegut's novels, this one jumps around from subject to subject. But, it is highly entertaining, nonetheless.

    16. ==========(Между красками и пистолетами больше общего, чем я прежде думал. И краски, и пистолеты навевают владельцам мысли о странных, а возможно, замечательных вещах, которые с их помощью можно сделать.)==========А Олгрен, день за днем и год за годом непосредственно наблюдая америка [...]

    17. "According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the average American child watches 18,000 TV murders before it graduates from high school."I share a substantial portion of my worldview with Kurt Vonnegut so when I read his books I must feel like the huge majority of Internet users who read only the stuff that they agree with: we crave confirmation that we are so very right. Alas this also means that I probably tend to overrate Vonnegut's books even when they are not that outstanding. Fates Wor [...]

    18. One of the main themes of Vonnegut’s career, and of these essays, is that families, and from them our own personal psyches, have been devolved by modern life. The best we can do with its “rootlessness, mobility, and impossibly tough-minded loneliness” (35) is synthetic families, such as AA, the military, artists or (God-forbid) church. Most of this collection, in fact, critiques our modern (early 90’s) world, with a minor key given to the failures of Christianity. To the latter, “What [...]

    19. Ten years on, Vonnegut followed up "Palm Sunday" with this excellent collection of non-fiction which should stand as evidence to those who bemoaned the end of his career as a novelist that he had outgrown any need to dress his observations up as stories. From this point on (1991), he would limit himself to short fiction (mostly collected from earlier in his career) and non-fiction, with one regrettable exception (1997's "Timequake"). It's not hard to figure out why. Vonnegut was always a moralis [...]

    20. Another book I re-read every few years (or maybe just "every year."). Favorite quotes:"I am a humanist, which means, in part, that I have tried to behave decently without expectations of rewards or punishments after I am dead.""Where is home? I've wondered where home is, and I realized, it's not Mars or someplace like that, it's Indianapolis when I was nine years old. I had a brother and a sister, a cat and a dog, and a mother and a father and uncles and aunts. And there's no way I can get there [...]

    21. for anyone who has read more than three Vonnegut books, this is a must read, at the very least excerpts.i found many interesting tidbits and humerous insights in this book. at the time i was writing a term paper on Vonnegut. (one of my first and most fun papers ever.) useful in that reagard. he discusses Ritalin usage, his son's schizophrenia, and many other private matters. this began (rather, contnued) my obsession with ADD and Vonnegut's idoldom to a generation of medicated teens, including m [...]

    22. This book, like all of Vonnegut's nonfiction (that I have read so far), is uneven and repetitive in parts. It doesn't have a central theme; it's a collage of speeches, essays, and observations put down to paper by Vonnegut in the 80s. The main point, if I have to come up with one, is that Vonnegut was even more pessimistic later in life than he was after the war. He comments himself on this in the book, as well as much more. While I would only recommend this to die-hard Vonnegut fans (like mysel [...]

    23. I am waiting for my husband to finish this book; then it will be my turn although he has already read various parts to me that he finds particularly interesting. The onlynovelist that John reads is Kurt Vonnegut; this Christmas season he has put his Ebay business on "vacation" status and has read/reread 6-7 of his books. He likes Vonnegut's unique "take" on everything and feels he gets to the truth of matters more that most. I started one of them but could not get far with his style of novel-wri [...]

    24. At one point in this collection of non-fiction, mostly short speeches and essays with bracketed commentary by 'present' (1990) Vonnegut on past Vonnegut's words, the author talks about the phenomena of comedians & satirists turning sour in old age. He feels this has happened to him, at least in his speaking engagements. While much the exact mixture in the usual Vonnegut Jr cocktail, bittersweet humanist joy and cynicism, is a bit heavy on the cynicism at timesis doesn't feel unwarranted or l [...]

    25. There are some books/authors for which one or two quotations/moments stand out to the degree that I would like to read them out loud to someone. Then there are some books/authors who are so amazing that quotable, read-out-loud moments happen a few times per chapter. Then there is Kurt Vonnegut, who is so funny, opinionated, amazing that there were moments I wanted to read out loud or share with someone else in just about every paragraph. Even though this book consists of essays from the early ni [...]

    26. In my opinion the best part was we shouldn't strive to Christianly love one another but rather humanely respect one another."'Ye shall respect one another.' Now there is something almost anybody in reasonable mental health can do day after day, yearn in and year out, come one, come all, to everyone's clear benefit. 'Respect' does not imply a spectrum of alternatives, some of them very dangerous. Respect is like a light switch. It is either on or off. And if we are no longer able to respect someo [...]

    27. What a wonderful book full of great ideas from one of our greatest writers. Out of all Vonnegut's Essays books I think this is my favorite. It's put together a little different than Palm Sunday. It is more linear than just putting various essays in any given order. I feel he puts some of his greatest ideas out in this book and it is hard to put it down, because you want to know what he's going to say next. It is much more personal than his other reflective books, but it will make you laugh as we [...]

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