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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Goodbye, Kurt

Kurt Vonnegut, one of my favorite writers--someone who really helped me focus what I felt about the world--is dead at 84.

This is from his final work, A Man Without a Country:

When the last living thing
has died on account of us,
how poetical it would be
if Earth could say,
in a voice floating up
perhaps
from the floor
of the Grand Canyon,
“It is done.”
People did not like it here.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Duck said...

I've sadly never read any of his books. I suppose I ought to start with Slaughterhouse Five?

5:51 PM, April 12, 2007

 
Anonymous jamesfinngarner said...

I remember starting with three different books, Slaughterhouse-Five, Cats Cradle, and his short story collection, Welcome to the Monkey House. I think any of them would be good, although if you read Monkey House, some of his earlier stories are a little mawkish.

12:54 PM, April 13, 2007

 
Anonymous jamesfinngarner said...

Just found this link to an eight part documentary on YouTube about Vonnegut. Can't vouch for quality, but here it is:

http://www.cynical-c.com/?p=7153

1:00 PM, April 13, 2007

 
Anonymous adenia said...

Slaughterhouse Five ranks among the greatest literary contributions that my husband made to our library when we married.

May his books remain widely read and his ideas remain greatly debated.

1:18 PM, April 13, 2007

 

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