52 Books a Year: #11 - Slapstick, or Lonesome No More

Posted by Brian Fri, 06 Nov 2009 20:46:07 GMT

Slapstick, Or Lonesome No More By Kurt Vonnegut


I really don’t know what to think about Slapstick. It was the third Vonnegut book I read in a row (after Mother Night and God Bless You Mr. Rosewater) and it is definitely not one of the highlights of his career. There isn’t a lot of structure and it comes off as a mashing together of various ideas into a lumpy whole, including telepathic deformed children, shrinking Chinese, collapsing western civililization, and randomly assigned family cousins and siblings.

Vonnegut apparently wrote it after the death of his uncle and the relationship of the Swain children is supposed to represent his relationship with his deceased sister, who functioned as a muse for him. I would consider this the least essential of all the Vonnegut novels I have read.


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