Editorial Reviews. From Library Journal. Vonnegut rounds up several familiar themes and Bluebeard: A Novel (Delta Fiction) – Kindle edition by Kurt Vonnegut. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Author Delacorte Press $ (p) ISBN She soon has him writing his memoirs, which he titles Bluebeard; and it is a pearl of a book. Based on the novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Bluebeard is the fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, a one-eyed former artist of the Abstract Expressionist era.

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Kurt Vonnegut’s Version of the Fairytale Bluebeard: Writing About Writing for People Who Don’t Read

This really make’s McLuhan’s the medium is the message resonate with me. I’m becoming quite a fan of his writing. View all 14 comments. The darkest secret of this country, I am afraid, is that too many of its citizens imagine that they belong to a much higher civilization somewhere else.

Metaphorically, she represents the shock of the new: It claims to be the autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, an Armenian-American WW2 veteran who became a major figure in Abstract Expressionismafter an apprenticeship with realist illustrator, Dan Gregory.

And if you know Vonnegut already, I don’t have to explain it to you. Bluebearf next they meet, she upbraids him thoroughly for this, and through her Vonnegut has some harsh words to deliver about war and women: But eventually he tells us it is a portrait of a happy valley and the people vonnegt have been transported there at the end of the war in Europe. He has been through war.


Kraig Kuzirian scriptKurt Vonnegut Jr. I remember loving his style and staccato rhythm of his prose. I don’t know many people who have read it, and that is simply a shame! He shares the lonely home with his live-in cook and her daughter, Celeste. This is used to prevent bots vonnegjt spam. Worse than that, they suck up the dignity, the self-respect, of anybody unfortunate enough to have to look at them. Open Preview See a Problem?

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kudt It was compelling, hilarious, heartfelt, and manages to be an uplifting story blueebeard having some portions which seem like they would be highly unpleasant to have lived. Ironically, I think it’s this literal and figurative lack of depth perception that enables him to survive and not commit suicide while all of his other artist friends don’t.

A very brilliant writer Another interesting Vonnegut book. Those are all the plot points you are going to get from me. If Rabo is suffering, he does so without expending page upon page in melancholy and it’s to Vonnegut’s credit that he makes the reader feel it in a sentence or two.

I read a library copy, but I’ll definitely be buying this book By far, my favourite Vonnegut book though, to be fair, I’ve only read two others: A young widow invites herself into his life and badgers Rabo into telling his life story. Slaughterhouse-Five is still my all-time favorite because of its science fiction element, but this is just as effective in combining pain with humor. I felt I was looking into Vonnegut’s heart and mind as I read each page.

With all the wrinkly larger than life men, no nonsense elegant women, and upper class east coast setting. Were you ever drunk last night! Kent State University Press: I felt as if I was sitting next to an old man on a train.


If this is the modern situation, Vonnegut is right in saying the modern situation is a situation struggling with awareness of itself as much as anything else. This is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized.

This state of mind allows too many of us to lie and cheat and steal from the rest of us, to sell us junk and addictive poisons and corrupting entertainments. Photos Add Image Add an image Do you have any images for this title?

He’s talked about some of these themes before but comes at them kurtt a different angle in Bluebeard. It is told as a first person narrative and describes the late years of fictional Abstract Expressionist painter Rabo Karabekianwho first appeared as a minor bluebezrd in Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions Once apprentice to ‘great man’ and famous illustrator Dan Gregory before becoming one of the founders of an important abstract art movement, even if he was the least talented bluebeardd the lot, Rabo Karabekian is now a septuagenarian content to live out his days in his well-off dead wife’s family home, on the proceeds of his extremely valuable art collection and his only company his cook, her daughter and his best friend, Paul Slazenger.