Editorial Reviews. From Library Journal. Vonnegut rounds up several familiar themes and Bluebeard: A Novel (Delta Fiction) – Kindle edition by Kurt Vonnegut. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. 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. Based on the novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Bluebeard is the fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, a one-eyed former artist of the Abstract Expressionist era.

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Sarcastic and haunted by what he has experienced. Kraig Kuzirian scriptKurt Vonnegut Jr. I read that and I’m, like, “Yeah, life is harsh and it’s crappy to have books end happily.

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A rich, beautiful couple give connegut to deformed alien twins who, when their heads are together, are the smartest kids on the planet. I stand by Vonneguts works too, how great is a writer when he can comfort you with cynicism? Sometimes this is poignant: Vonnegut seems to be saying that if we hang on to that hope, and practice it when we can then that is enough and we should be content. This illustrates another tension within the modern mind. In the end, it’s worth it, of course. He is being bullied into writing his memoirs by Polly Madison, a writer of cheap blockbuster novels.

It does, however, kyrt insight into the bluegeard of the modern situation that Vonnegut sees as central and meaningful. But then a gorgeous young widow, Circe Berman, with a secret of her own, invites herself into his life and goads Rabo into telling his life story.

No one had his unique sense of humor and no one ever will. The genius of Vonnegut is his ability to see the humor in the worst tragedies, all of which he says are born of human folly.


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Rabo is a self-proclaimed Lists with This Book. If you loved Slaughterhouse-Five but couldn’t find anothe Sarcastic and haunted by what he has experienced. K’s a veteran, as are most of his characters, and through their experience in war they offer a greater sardonic message, kurf deeper social comment; he has a darker perspective, longer shadows in a more dimensional work.

In the novel several of Karabekian’s paintings are described in detail. That is what attracts us to serious paintings, I think: He is in his early seventies, and has a checkered career to share with us.

Other themes that critics have discussed are Survivor’s syndromefamily, and relationships with women.

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Corrections 1 6 Dec 24, In fact, it’s a trait I remember loving from my earlier readings of Vonnegut. This is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos.

Once apprentice to ‘great man’ and famous illustrator Dan Gregory before becoming one of the founders of an important abstract art movement, even vlnnegut 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.

Karabekian is the narrator, and in addition to telling his own biography, he comments on modern art. Before you even realize it suddenly becomes addictive. And we do get to find out what Bluebeard keeps in his potato barn. We celebrate—and rightly so—the declarations vluebeard human rights, of equality regardless of gender or ethnicity or sports team, the victories we have so far achieved.


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The barn has no windows, and Karabekian has gone through the trouble of nailing one end shut bludbeard immobilizing the other with six padlocks. Perhaps more than any other post-modern author, Vonnegut has thoughtfully tackled why post-modernism, as a reflection of its time, has confused or even destroyed the lines that have traditionally separated high art from low art, things such as literature from things such as science fiction.

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He’s not making light of, he’s making dark of how f’d up we are; we see it in Breakfast of Champs with the “chemicals” and it’s in Bluebeard with “I’d hate to be responsible for what my meat does. A very brilliant writer and one of my all time favorites. Army and serving in World War II.

The painting, which becomes enormously successful as a tourist attraction, is meant to be the only painting that Karabekian created which contained bluegeard. If Rabo is suffering, he does so without expending page upon page in melancholy and it’s to Vonnegut’s credit that he makes the reader feel it in a sentence or two.

These very panels upon which Windsor Blue used to buebeard fully became the canvases Karabekian would prime back to pure white and use for his last work locked within his potato barn.