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SlapstickSlapstick presents an apocalyptic vision as seen through the eyes of the current King of Manhattan and last President of the U. “If you can do no good at least do no harm”“Love is where you find it I think it is foolish to go around looking for it and I think it can be poisonous I wish that people who are conventionally supposed to love each other would say to each other when they fight 'Please — a little less love and a little common decency'”“What does seem important Bargaining in good faith with destiny” Kurt Vonnegut's Slapstick or Lonesome No More is a sort of autobiography within an autobiography In the prologue Vonnegut the author meditates on the death of his sister Alice on loneliness and the assertion that the novel Slapstick itself is autobiographical Slapstick then is written by the former last president of the United States Wilbur Daffodil 11 Swain from his nearly empty offices in the Empire State Building It is a post apocalyptic world The US government has collapsed and much of humanity has been ravaged by plagues known as the green death caused by the fatal inhalation of Chinese who have miniaturized themselves and the Albanian flu Swain writes about his life and the connection to his twin sister Eliza without whom neither one is really whole They are viewed as simpletons; however together they are brilliant and wildly creative Their separation at age 15 signals the destruction of paradise Apart the twins refer to their simpleton selves as Betty and Bobby Brown Even years later Eliza asks WilburHow could anybody love Bobby Brown Hi ho Though Vonnegut gave it a grade of 'D' I really enjoyed Slapstick Unlike some other works by Vonnegut it was immediately engaging and of course fun and wildly irreverent 425 stars Again and as sort of a postscript I wonder about Vonnegut's perception of Wyoming If you ever go to Wyoming This reference occurs with respect to a new scheme to create artificial families Swain is told he'd have connections wouldn't be lonesome Otherwise and in so much of his other work Wyoming exists on the edge of crazy “In case nobody has told you she said this is the United States of America where nobody has a right to rely on anybody else where everybody learns to make his or her own way”“FËDOR Mikhailovich Dostoevski theRussian novelist said one time that One sacred memory from childhood is perhaps the best education I can think of another uickie education for a child which in its way is almost as salutary Meeting a human being who is tremendously respected by the adult world and realizing that that person is actually a malicious lunatic”

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DOWNLOAD Slapstick 109 ✓ ✈ [PDF / Epub] ✅ Slapstick By Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ✸ – Slapstick presents an apocalyptic vision as seen through the eyes of the current King of Manhattan and last President of the United States a wickedly irreverent look at the all too possible results of Slapstick presents an apocalyptic vision as seNited States a wickedly irreverent look at the all too possible results of today’s follies But even the end of life as we kn. Slapstick begins with a prologue that I won't hesitate to rank among Vonnegut's absolute best writing It is honest it is tenderhearted it is sad and funny and bittersweet It also provides an explicit key to deciphering the novel that follows which is unusual In another author's hands such a trick might seem overeager and embarassing But Vonnegut does as he always does and makes the silly and embarrassing work gracefully towards his purposes—presenting his thoughts so concisely and so cheerily that it is impossible not to feel a groundswell of emotion and a firm immediate rapport Vonnegut knew what it was to be human with all the messy ugly parts and all the beautiful triumphant parts and all the messy parts that become beautiful because they are real and essential to usAs his 8th novel out of 14 I guess we'd place this one into his middle era and Slapstick is written in the staccato style I most often associate with Vonnegut's later books Assuming his aim was to provide plenty of places to stop for reflection along the way I took the opportunity to read this book slowly a dozen pages a day or so with lots of space between each of those pages to feel to think about what made me feel that way and then to feel again what thinking about feeling that way made me feel It was pleasant but potentThis is Vonnegut so there are uotable zingers all along the way as usual But it's also an exercise in actively caring again as usual Truth be told I need all the gentle reminders I can get to be a kind and decent person in this world we occupy Vonnegut doles those reminders out liberally and with explicit comedy here than I recall in his other worksI do have some criticism for this book but when I go to write it down it seems trivial in comparison with the big feelings that it stirred up in me About the most severe thing I can bring myself to say is this it's not Vonnegut's strongest novel and it is cruder than his greatest hitsBut still emphatically 5 stars out of 5 There's a cliché freuently passed around parenting circles Find Your Tribe For years I've dismissed it as empty pablum but Vonnegut just made it real to me