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Slapstick Or Lonesome No More! by Kurt Vonnegut

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Published by Dial Press Trade Paperback .
Written in English


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The Physical Object
Number of Pages288
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL7439309M
ISBN 100385334230
ISBN 109780385334235

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Slapstick begins with a prologue that I won't hesitate to rank among Vonnegut's absolute best writing. It is honest, it is tenderhearted, it is sad and funny and bittersweet. It also provides an explicit key to deciphering the novel that follows, which is unusual. In another author's hands such a trick might seem overeager and embarassing/5.   This is the closest I will ever come to writing an autobiography. I have called it "Slapstick" because it is grotesque, situational poetry—like the slapstick film comedies, especially those of Laurel and Hardy, of long ago. It is about what life feels like to me. There are all these tests of my limited agility and intelligence. They go on and on/5(53). The writing style of "Slapstick" is classic Vonnegut, but perhaps the strangest book he wrote. And it's of course meant to be off the walls and odd. I found the story to be very creative and it's messages thought provoking.4/5(). Author Kurt Vonnegut | Submitted by: Jane Kivik Free download or read online Slapstick, or Lonesome No More! pdf (ePUB) book. The first edition of the novel was published in , and was written by Kurt Vonnegut. The book was published in multiple languages including English, consists of pages and is available in Paperback format/5.

Slapstick Book Summary and Study Guide Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Slapstick Wilbur Swain and his sister Eliza Swain are abnormally large and grotesque looking twins who weren't expected to live past the age of Ashamed, their parents sent them as babies to live in a mansion with servants and expensive doctors. A pseudo-autobiography of how the author imagines his future, Slapstick takes place in an apocalyptic future as Wilbur Daffodil Swain, a former pediatrician and President of the United States, writes a memoir of his life at years old. The world of this novel is one of hyperbolic distortion. In that respect it is heightened slapstick, the world rendered in manic-depressive surrealism.   This story covers a lot of territory in a short period of time, but, as is the case with 99% of Vonnegut's work (I exclude "Timequake"), it is all tied together into one perfectly flowing main theme in "Slapstick" is lonliness, and the inexplicable human condition that forces each individual to search for acceptance into something bigger than just individual Cited by: 7.

Slapstick was created by Len Kaminski and James Fry III and first appeared in his own mini-series, Slapstick issue 1 from an autobiography. I have called it "Slapstick" because it is grotesque, situational poetry — like the slapstick film comedies, especially those of Laurel and Hardy, of long ago. It is about what life feels like to me. There are all these tests of my limited agility and intelligence. They go on and on. The book is about Vonnegut facing death — the one end that won't go away. On another level, Slapstick is Vonnegut tripping out on the Apocalypse. Whether the story is seen mainly as an autobiographical journey or a tale about the End of the World, Vonnegut remains better at beginnings than endings. About Slapstick or Lonesome No More! “Some of the best and most moving Vonnegut.”—San Francisco Chronicle Slapstick presents an apocalyptic vision as seen through the eyes of the current King of Manhattan (and last President of the United States), a wickedly irreverent look at the all-too-possible results of today’s follies. But even the end of life-as-we-know-it is .