Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Author Delacorte Press $ (p) ISBN She soon has him writing his memoirs, which he titles Bluebeard; and it is a pearl of a book. Bluebeard, which came out in , was one of Vonnegut’s last Kurt Vonnegut, one of the most prolific if not best American writers of the. BLUEBEARD By Kurt Vonnegut. pp. New York: Delacorte Press. $ BY the high imaginative standards of Kurt Vonnegut at his best.

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Kurt Vonnegut wrote so many books that sometimes a real gem gets lost in the shuffle. What is Rabo keeping in the huge potato barn on his larg One thing I’ve discovered is that people tend to have different favorites of Vonnegut’s work.

As he said, maybe bluebbeard time to give women a chance. Sep 27, Lindsay rated it it was ok. I was lured to this book by Breakfast of Champions, a Vonnegut book that I loved. The painting is an enormous photo-realistic picture of Karabekian’s experience of World War II where he and 5, other prisoners of war, gypsies, and concentration camp victims were dumped in a valley when the German forces realized that the war was lost.

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Vonnegut did a good research about Armenian history and culture in order to make his character and his feelings more realistic. It marks his style. Sep 29, George K. I’ll miss the wonderful characters Vonnegut has created. What is Rabo keeping in the huge potato barn on his large estate. I know that Vonnegut began his novel bluebexrd close to the age of 30 which is considered an adult but his work still lacked maturity.

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Debs and a lifelong vonneght of the American Civil Liberties Union. This is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. For Vonnegut the most significant events in his life seem to have been his experiences as a captured American soldier during the Second World War, which formed the core of ‘Slaughterhouse 5,’ and some moment, presumably during the s, when he realised that the next generation had learned nothing from the trangedies of the war and had even begun to lose vonneguf sense of its own past, that great casualty of American culture.


We cannot help being meat. It is the story of Rabo Karabeckian, an artist of Armenian descent, who is relating his bluebbeard life to us the reader as a series of fragments.

Dec 14, Samson Martirosyan rated it it was amazing. I personally wish Vonnegut spent more time playing with the artistic canvas, but the sections he spent dealing with Rabo apprenticing under Dan Gregory I get a N.

By far, my favourite Vonnegut book though, to be fair, I’ve only read two others: The Aquaman star shares why this vengeful villain is a fan favorite. If it seems he is, it’s sarcastic.

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Regrettably, too many post-modernist authors rely more heavily on critical acclaim or the acclaim of their coterieespecially those who derive their primary income from academia or writing courses that duplicate their own style. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Morse also said that Karabekian as a writer is very similar to Vonnegut as a writer, and that the criticism Circe Berman gives to Karabekian about his writing is a parallel to the issues critics have with Vonnegut’s writing.

The darkest secret of this country, I am afraid, is that too many of its citizens imagine that they belong to a much higher civilization somewhere else. This leads to an apprenticeship with creepy Gregory a graphic “taxidermist”a brief affair with Marilee “three hours of ideal lovemaking”and a lifelong preoccupation with technique vs. His goal in life was to become a well-known artist, but life got in the way.

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Later on there’s WW II service as a camouflage specialist Rabo loses vomnegut eyean unnerving reunion with war. I’m going to reread Breakfast of Champions next. See all 3 questions about Bluebeard….

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They came home to the wife and kids and swimming pool vonnetut every grueling day in front of the cameras, after firing off blank cartridges while men all around them were spitting catsup. The real mystery is whether he will bare his vluebeard to her, along with the secret he keeps locked in his potato barn. This illustrates another tension within the modern mind.


This is used to detect comment spam. In contrast, his teenage works were made with the best possible materials, given to him from the stores of a successful artist. In the novel, Rabo has vonegut huge potato barn that is his painting studio. He was born in Indianapolis, later the setting for many of his novels. We all need from time to time to be woken from the dead dreary depression bulebeard life.

No one can bring these disparate elements together in a manner more interesting than Kurt Vonnegut, and “Bluebeard’ does so in a very pleasing and rather un-ironic for Vonnegut way.

Instead, he has become the repository of many stories about the people who made up Abstract Expressionism in the early days of this century and wants to get them off his chest. Throughout the novel, at different points, Rabo approaches the teenagers to ask them what they think about certain things, and almost always Rabo is appalled by their vonneegut of knowledge or even interest in anything at all.

Once apprentice to ‘great man’ and famous illustrator Dan Gregory before becoming one of the founders of an important abstract art movement, even if he was the least talented of the lot, Rabo Karabekian is now a septuagenarian content to live out his days in his well-off dead wife’s family home, on the proceeds of his extremely valuable art collection and his only company his cook, her daugh I picked this to read as a little birthday treat to myself and, true to form, Vonnegut didn’t let me down.