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Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

I've decided to read nothing but nonfiction books for the rest of this year, and with many of the nonfiction titles on my shelf being fairly short in length, I'll probably be commenting on books here with greater frequency than I have in the past.

I've just had the great pleasure of reading Kurt Vonnegut's final book, A Man Without a Country, a collection of essays. Like the author, the book is funny, angry, passionate, sympathetic and most of all humane. Many of the pieces are rants against our political leadership and the misguided direction our country is headed - most notably the degraded environment and the precarious future of the planet itself - but others are warm anecdotes from Vonnegut's personal life. (The piece about his ill-fated ownership of a Saab dealership is simply priceless.) This is a terrific book that I know I'll return to again and again over the coming years. What an absolute pleasure it must have been to personally know this great man. His sensible voice will be sorely missed in this nonsensical world of ours.

November 15, 2007 in Books | Permalink

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This is a book that's been on my list since KV's passing. I'll try to get to it before the year is out.

Posted by: SR at Nov 15, 2007 3:51:57 PM