Year of Publishing: 2005
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Synopsis: In a volume that is penetrating, introspective, incisive, and laugh-out loud funny, one of the great men of letters of this era -or any era- holds forth on life, art, sex, politics, and the state of America’s soul. Whether he is describing his coming of age in America, his formative war experiences, or his life as an artist, this is Vonnegut doing what he does better: being himself. Whimsically illustrated by the author, A Man Without a Country is intimate, tender, and brimming with the scope of Kurt Vonnegut’s passions.
My Review: For how it’s structured, this essay looks like a book that we have already reviewed in this blog named Let Me Tell You a Story. In any case, are two very different books if we are based in its contents. Let Me Tell You a Story is a shelf-help book and this book is an essay where the author talk about some of the things that thinks about our society.
Each chapter of this book, as in the book that I’ve mentioned in last paragraph, begins differently and independently of the previous chapter. It’s not a novel, it’s not a book that you must read from the first page to the last to understand the plot. It’s a book that you can read without order between the different chapters because as I said, it doesn’t tell a story, each chapter talks about a different theme.
This book it’s a satire that tries to ridicule the society where we live and our customs exposing a pessimistic thought but with a great sense of humor. Although the author talks about many themes, he emphasizes along the different chapters the politics of the country where he lived and the desire of the people to consume the resources of this planet as if the consequences don’t matter.
Kurt Vonnegut considers himself a man without a country because he doesn’t like the country where he lived. In other chapters he expands his discontent to all places of our planet. This is one of the most important things of the book, along the different chapters the reader can understand this discontent and the humanism defense made by the author as the best attitude that we can adopt during our lives.
Along this short essay, it’s inevitable feel that we are talking with a friend, his fresh style make us think about important things but making us laugh at the same time that we think about it. Politics, technology, war, environment, society, literature. The themes contained in this book are so varied that it’s impossible to focus in only one theme, it’s not an ordered book, it’s not necessary, it’s a conversation with a friend who in his last years of life, decides to make a summary of all what he thinks about this themes and share it with you, using a high dose of humor, and as contradictory as it may seem, optimism. My valuation for this book is 3/5
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Written by: Josué