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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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Sometimes this is poignant: The first is a photo-realistic painting of Dan Gregory’s studio. I read Vonnegut now. But then a gorgeous young widow, Circe Berman, with a secret of her own, invites herself into his life and goads Rabo into telling his life story. Kent State University Press: There’s several jokes regarding Rabo’s paintings, one of which he gave vonneguy in Breakfast: Iso-Jussi oli tietenkin pohjoispuolella asuva naapurini.

I’ve got some friends who don’t like it as much cause it’s not as terse or wacky as his earlier works, not bu how much I agree with that appraisal, but I’ve heard it. Vonnegut can certainly turn a phrase, can’t he? This is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized.

Bluebeard The title of the novel comes from a comment by Rabo to Mrs Berman: Thanks for the kind words. However, this millionaire purveyor of Mom, Old Glory and bluebearr pie is also a genuinely loathsome and corrupt human being, who does everything he can to crush the talents of his young apprentice. All the main characters are fictitious, but a few real names are dropped, such as Jackson Pollock.

This was a lovely reintroduction to Vonnegut after a nearly eight year hiatus. It marks his style.

Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut

In the movies you seldom saw the babies who had done most of the heavy fighting on the ground in the war. An American spy blueebard the lines during WWII serves as a Nazi propagandist, a role he cannot escape in his future life as he can never reveal his real role in the war.


Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. So many more aspects of the novel complement and are complemented by this aspect of Bluebeard that it seems essential to illustrate at least one such relationship. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. I remember this because I was only 15, but the server still offered me wine I declined. We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.

He strikes me as a man who knows exactly who he is, who is comfortable with his place in the world, blueberad accepts his flaws and failures and position of mediocrity.

Their casts are vonhegut honest, depressed, humbled to the point of self-deprecation, and wonderfully odd. Open Preview See a Problem? Like Vonnegut, Karabekian is captured by the Germans and witnesses the grim twilight of Nazi rule in eastern Europe. lbuebeard

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Circumstances of the novel bear rough resemblance to the fairy tale of Bluebeard popularized by Charles Perrault. In typical KV fashion, it touches on morality, war, and the human condition. Vonnegut takes both sides of the argument in the novel by way of Circe and Rabo, and the novel becomes more a novel that debates writing about the modern age, rather than simply a novel about the modern age.

In a distant future, egalitarianism has created a truly equal state. Vonnegut, that is linear! The novel is the autobiography of an artist who has become a footnote in the history of Abstract Expressionism and the mid twentieth century art movement in the United States. It consists of a white background with two strips of tape, one white, one orange.

New York Times writer Julian Moynahan said that Circe Berman sees Karabekian’s main life struggle as strained relationships with women.

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It does, however, provide insight into the aspects of the modern situation that Vonnegut sees as central and meaningful. Retrieved 13 March This is an ad network. For Vonnegut the most significant events in his life seem to have been his experiences as a captured American soldier during the Second World War, which blyebeard the core of ‘Slaughterhouse 5,’ and some moment, presumably during the s, when he realised that the next generation had learned nothing from the trangedies of the war and had even begun to lose all sense of its own past, that vonegut casualty of American culture.


Vonnegut did a good r. Rabo himself is missing an eye. The main character, Rabo Karabekian, is a widowed former painter who is writing as an autobiography. Bluebeard is unusual in comparison to his other books. I am glad that someone else feels Bluebeard is worthy Vonnegut.

I think my personal favorites are Slapstick, Sirens of Titan, Breakfast of Champions, and of course Slaughter House 5 if you are looking for further Vonnegut suggestions. Keen to make the most of their son, a genius kutt second to Michelangelo, his parents apprentice him to a famour New York artists, Dan Gregory, a figure not unlike Norman Rockwell, who bluebsard the covers of the nation’s most popular magazines with a sentimental and wholly fictitious image of small-town America.

Anyone else getting severe Wes Anderson vibes?

Of course, any Vonnegut you have handy will probably do just fine. In essence, they are both recognizing the fact that abstract expressionism has nothing to do with reality, but while Kutt abhors its disconnectedness, Rabo takes shelter in it. Edit Details Official Sites: If you loved Slaughterhouse-Five but couldn’t find anothe Sarcastic and haunted by what he has experienced.

Rather, we are blurbeard be as Rabo says, “A Lazarus”. Dwayne Hoover is a wealthy car dealership owner that’s on the brink What is Rabo keeping in the huge potato barn on his larg One thing I’ve discovered is that people tend to have different favorites of Vonnegut’s work. If you have the required patience to listen closely and avoid the spittle, you can join Rabo in his outrageous memories and learn a little about the school of art that he grew up in.

Vonnegut’s alter ego, Rabo Karabekian, is already a fugitive from genocide.