Bagombo Snuff Box
From out of the blue, here's a new collection of Vonnegut
fiction--his first magazine stories from the 1950s in book form
at last, with some charming reminiscences (and three new endings
for old stories) by the author. Vonnegut says these tales were
meant to be as evanescent as lightening bugs, and that image
captures their frail magic. They're like time travelers from an
epoch when stories swarmed in mass-market magazines, before TV
dawned and doomed them.
Later greatness glimmers here: the offbeat sci-fi of
"Thanasphere" (in which an astronaut encounters dead souls in
space) and the hero's bogus adventures in alien lands in "Bagombo
Snuff Box" look forward to Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five,
as do the war stories "Souvenir," "Der Arme Dolmetscher," and
"The Cruise of The Jolly Roger," which incorporate and amplify
Vonnegut's actual war experiences. There's authentic midcentury
news here, even in the gentle Saturday Evening Post social satire
of "The No-Talent Kid," "Ambitious Sophomore," and "The Boy Who
Hated Girls," which pretty much nail the high-school marching
band experience. The pieces are peppered with odd, true
observations and neat little turns of phrase: one incompetent kid
in Lincoln High's band marches "flappingly, like a mother
flamingo pretending to be injured, luring alligators from her
You can't miss the ironic humor and the humane, death-haunted
melancholy of the young war veteran and tyro writer. This
collection beats his first novel,
Player Piano, and anticipates the masterpiece
Cat's Cradle,whose tiny chapters resemble short stories. Young
Vonnegut is derivative, mostly of Saki and O. Henry, partly
because he couldn't think of endings, and their switcheroos
offered a handy model. But from the start, Vonnegut's
idiosyncratic voice is unmistakable.
- प्रतिलिपि अधिकार:
- 1999 Kurt Vonnegut
- Book Quality:
- Date of Addition:
- Literature and Fiction,
- Usage Restrictions:
- This is a copyrighted book.
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