Books I have read this year #7: Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut
Vonnegut is a genius.
I could just leave it at that.. But I won’t. Bluebeard is about an aged ex Abstract Expressionist painter who cavorted with the likes of Jackson Pollock. It’s written as an autobiography of this guy, Rabo Karabekian (he appeared in Breakfast of Champions for a very short period, if you recognise the name), whose retirement and hermitage have been interrupted by a middle aged author. She spices up his life and tells him he has to write a book, so he does. It follows approximately his parents meeting, their escaping to America, his childhood and artistic development, wartime experiences and life, interspersed with commentary on what ‘that crazy woman’ is doing to his life/house. I don’t think it’s really possible to capture how awesome Vonnegut is at this sort of thing. Just read it. The final couple of chapters are simply perfection.
A side note, I can’t think of any other author who has come up with as many short phrases in their novels which I can imagine people getting tattooed on themselves.
“Thank you meat!”
This accurately sums up a large portion of my feelings for Kurt. Also, that cover is brilliant. Ugh, it’s 3am but I just want to go reread Bluebeard right now.
30 Day Book Challenge
Day 14 – Favorite book of your favorite writer
The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
GPOY. Favourite author and favourite book by him (I think. I have mixed feelings on this. It depends on the day.)
Just finished Hocus Pocus, now onto this badboy.
You know, because Kurt’s my boyfriend.
because Kurt’s my boyfriend.
Guess what I’m starting tomorrow?
I’m ridiculously excited. I’ve heard so many good things about it from you guys, and I’ve been dying to read it ever since you all recommended it to me. So in the next couple of weeks, expect plenty of Galapagos spam on your dashboards.
More adventures with Kurt await!
Today’s going to be a good day.
So, I finally finished reading this tonight. And I loved it, of course- I knew I was loving it every second along the way. It’s definitely going to be worth several rereads.
So, next up will definitely be Galapagos; thanks to my wonderful followers who recommended it. As soon as I can get to a bookstore, I’ll be wrapped up in reading that.