Friday, 16 May 2008

A Collection of Writings

Finished May 16
Armageddon in Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut
Mark Vonnegut, Kurt's son writes an informative introduction to this collection of not-previously-published works. There is a strong war theme here as well as reference to humanity's moral shortcomings. This collection begins with a letter Vonnegut wrote to his family informing them of his prisoner-of-war status during World War II, and includes both fiction and nonfiction pieces. As usual his work has a dark overtone to it and yet includes his unique sense of humour. Some pieces shock, and some are poignant but all are well-written and thought-provoking. The pieces included here speak not only to Vonnegut's despair of human civilization, but also his hope for it.

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