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Jailbird Summary & Study Guide

Jul 20, Lyn rated it liked it. You could not get into heaven until you had submitted to a full review of how well you had handled the business opportunities God, through His angels, had offered to voonnegut on Earth.

He goes through an audit first and then: Books by Kurt Vonnegut.

Walter’s life has always been a life of the moment, and his very values and core beliefs are built upon sand, and shift accordingly.

Yet through it all you can still hear Kirt. There was Harvard again. He is doing what he does best, spinning modern fairy tales of human frailty.

Jailbird is a guided tour de force of America. Understandably, he had mixed feelings about Europeans, since he was a Jew. This might also be his most politically dogmatic work, eschewing his ubiquitous humor and playful wisdom with a staid, thoughtful passion for rights n Not one of the better known Vonnegut novels, and significantly different than most of his other collection.

Jailbird is not like that, but it kind of is. Once in Manhattan, he meets the major people from his past in one coincidence after another, including his old flame and fellow left-winger Mary Kathleen O’Looney, who is now a N. See 1 question about Jailbird…. They’re all amazing, which is why I’m reading every last one.


But God sent out an archangel who was boiling mad. But the humor turns dark when Vonnegut shines his spotlight on the cold hearts and calculated greed of the mighty, giving a razor-sharp edge to an unforgettable portrait of power and politics in our times.

The Last Interview I was in fact, openly and proudly, a card-carrying communist until Hitler and Stalin signed a non-aggression pact in Nineteen-hundred and Thirty-nine. His perch seems to be closer to a cranky uncle on a beat up couch, with cigarette burns in his pants, gravy on his shirt, and a wink in his eye.

It was essentially everything Anna Karenina was not in a good way. Maybe this really deserves four stars, I just can’t tell anymore. It’s about an elderly man who is released from minimum security kjrt, where he was serving a sentence for white collar crimes he committed while inadvertently involving himself in the Watergate scandal. Feb 03, Descending Angel rated it really liked it Shelves: Because of the Sermon on the Mount, sir.

This is the second book I’ve read after challenging, bribing my bonnegut son to read some of my Vonnegut paperbacks. Aug 14, Jeff Lacy rated it it was amazing. Hapgood had a colorful history; he had been jailed many times for his union activities, had led pickets at the executions of Sacco and Vanzetti, and in fact had just come to the restaurant after a morning of testifying in court about a labor case.

Nov 28, Steven rated it really liked it Shelves: I have officially given up on choosing a favorite Vonnegut. Not one of the better known Vonnegut novels, and significantly different than most of his other collection. There had always been senseless questions to answer, empty promises to make, meaningless documents to sign.


I could hear people walking overhead and raising their voices sometimes. Retrieved March 22, Pakistanis and pygmies from the Philippines and even communists had to go through the very same thing. But he has covered much of that kur before–principally in God Bless You, Mr.

For me, Of Human Bondage set the bar so high it’s now unreachable and most likely all the ratings I’ve given since have suffered accordingly. Sometimes, it sure seems like a bit of both. Starbuck, or that Kilgore Trout plays a minor role in this novel, too, as one of Starbuck’s fellow prisoners in the minimum security facility in Georgia where Starbuck is being released after serving his sentence.

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Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut

Chapters 9 and I would give you a synopsis of what happens, but that would be entirely too hard to do for a book by Mr. Other readers are correct in the pacing of this book – it moves along a bit slower than other Vonnegut novels, but this was probably intentional with the author constantly referencing what a sad, old, fragile man he had become.

Vonnegut’s books which you should want to do please don’t start with this book. Starbuck, a man recently released from a minimum-security prison in Georgia after serving time for his small role in the Watergate Scandal.