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Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons

Wampeters Foma and Granfalloons Wampeters Foma Granfalloons Opinions is a rare opportunity to experience Kurt Vonnegut speaking in his own voice about his own life his views of the world his writing and the writing of others An

  • Title: Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons
  • Author: Kurt Vonnegut
  • ISBN: 9780385333818
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
  • Wampeters, Foma Granfalloons Opinions is a rare opportunity to experience Kurt Vonnegut speaking in his own voice about his own life, his views of the world, his writing, and the writing of others An indignant, outrageous, witty, deeply felt collection of reviews, essays, and speeches, this is a window not only into Vonnegut s mind but also into his heart.

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    1. At least once a year I find myself in need to fire up the bookmobile and drive up to Indiana to visit my Uncle Kurt.I have an eclectic literary family, wild old Uncle Bob Heinlein in Missouri, cousins Ray Bradbury and Poul Anderson, Ursula and Phil out in Berkley. Seems we can never all get together.But driving up the Middle America street to Kurt Vonnegut’s urbane but kooky house always makes me smile.Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons is Kurt’s 1974 collection of essays, sketches, speeches, [...]

    2. This collection of nonfiction demonstrates amply why so many people fall headlong in love with Vonnegut—all aspects of his cranky humanity, his unimpeachable morality, his hard-won cynicism are on show over these twenty-five pieces. The title isn’t particularly catchy: readers of Cat’s Cradle will recognise the terms which Vonnegut says represent his dabblings in nonfiction. Not so. Among the brilliance here includes his take on SF as a literary art, his ornery take on the moon landing and [...]

    3. Wampeters--An object around which the lives of otherwise unrelated people revolve, e.g The Holy Grail.Foma--Harmless, comforting untruths, e.g "Prosperity is just around the corner."Granfalloons--A proud and meaningless association of human beings, e.g The Veterans of Future Wars.Taken together, the words form as good an umbrella as any for this collection of essays, book reviews and speeches written over the years by Vonnegut. This review will contain a lot of excerpts, because I can think of n [...]

    4. Nothing less than five stars will do for this one.I wanted to have a better concept of Vonnegut’s personality in preparation for reading Kurt Vonnegut’s biography “And So It Goes.” I thought a book of non-fiction by KV would be appropriate so I revisited this after nearly 40 years since my first reading. I remembered virtually nothing from my original read. My intent was to read a chapter now and then and to alternate with several books of short stories and non-fiction I’ve been readin [...]

    5. I loved this book because I love Kurt Vonnegut and reading his opinions made me feel closer to him as a person, which may sound weird, but I really admire him. I also really enjoyed this book because, even though it was a book of his opinions, he wrote them in a fictional way. I really liked the story "Fortitude" because it was a story about the evils of technology (at least, that's how I read it) and how people succumb to it without realizing that it's happening. I also really liked his intervi [...]

    6. I like Kurt Vonnegut not only for his humorous and imaginative novels and short stories but also for his politics, his values. Not only has he added his name to many a worthy petition and appeared on many a plstform, but when The Nation, the oldest news weekly magazine in the USA, was in financial trouble, Vonnegut, Doctorow, Vidal and other writers bailed them out without demanding editorial control. This collection represents something of where Vonnegut came from and what he believed in, much [...]

    7. Kurt Vonnegut met Chinua Achebe in Africa? I found this so fascinating. I also really enjoyed the little review of Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail.

    8. I began this week with a collection of essays by and interviews with the late Kurt Vonnegut entitled Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons. The title confused my friendly community librarian. Vonnegut introduces the book with an explanation:"Dear Reader: The title of this book is composed of three words from my novel Cat's Cradle. A "wampeter" is an object around which the lives of many otherwise unrelated people may revolve. The Holy Grail would be a case in point. "Foma" are harmless untruths, inte [...]

    9. It was a slow burn for me, but the intro, the school lectures and Playboy interview were all very strong.

    10. "And it strikes me as gruesome and comical that in our culture we have an expectation that a man can always solve his problems. There is an implication that if you just have a little more energy, a little more fight, the problem can always be solved. This is so untrue that it makes me want to cry - or laugh."Wampeters, Foma & Granfalloons (1964 - 1974) is - as Kurt Vonnegut describes it himself - "a collection of some of the reviews and essays I have written, a few speeches I have made." Thi [...]

    11. A little of this goes a long way. I haven't read Vonnegut in almost a decade. I'm continually bemused at how weak I'm finding the arguments and sentiments in leftist writing that I enjoyed as a teen to be. In this non-fiction collection, Vonnegut gives us piles of overly general, and generally unimaginative, moralizing - ironic given Vonnegut's fictive inventiveness. One of Vonnegut's rhetorical strategies is to portray himself as isolated in one of his different regional and class aspects when [...]

    12. Hasło "Vonnegut" mnie przyciąga. Przeczytałem dotąd kilka różnych książek pisarza, i choć muszę przyznać, że z poziomem mojego zainteresowania było różnie, to regularnie przyciągał mnie sposób pisania autora. Tym razem nie było inaczej."Wampetery, foma i granfalony" to przede wszystkim zbiór tekstów pisanych do czasopism i przemówień. Zdarzają się też tu recenzje książek, a także jedno opowiadanie. Długość tekstów jest różna, niektóre mieszczą się na dwóch [...]

    13. oo.opinions it a shot. you get some idea of vonnegut, the man, where he came from, what his obsessions include, what he ignores and so you wonder whyhe had a sheepdog named sandy. sandy sounds like an interesting dog. he took a trip down the inter-coastal waterway aboard a yacht owned by joe kennedye trip consumed 1,522 gallons of gasoline and elsewhere vonnegut worries about the planet, all we're consuming. and so oneresting tale about biafrahe went there w/vance bourjaily and some woman i forg [...]

    14. A collection of speeches, short articles, and one short story from the late 1960's to about 1972. Like most such oollections, uneven, but worth reading for the Playboy Interview, an article about his visit to Biafra (probably not a good idea for him), and his views on the Vietnam war.Probably not the best place to start for those who haven't read Vonnegut before, or who don't have any memories of the Vietnam-era protests.

    15. Not my favorite Vonnegut, but an interesting collection of his non-fiction, with a bizarre one act play for added flavor. His review of fear and loathing on the campaign trail 1972 offers a good insight into his opinions of his contemporaries. His report on biafra is a heartbreaking chronicle of a country that has already been forgotten. I guess it's time to go back and read his fiction again.

    16. This was a pleasant surprise of a book. After reading Palm Sunday and other of Vonnegut's essays and lectures, I found this volume to be much more poignant, more readable, more full of Vonnegut's core as a philosopher and commentator on war, civilization, and the arts. If a person wanted to venture beyond his fiction, this and Man Without a Country would be solid starting points.

    17. A fantastic collection of Vonnegut's unpublished works and thoughts. I found the Playboy Interview at the end to be the capstone of the book since it summarized all opinions presented quite nicely. I have to say, Vonnegut's perspective on the world is refreshing and agreeable. He puts moral issues and dilemmas in the simplest terms and isn't afraid to say what is right and wrong.

    18. Sometimes you just want to have a long conversation with somebody with a cynical but big heart - and since mumbling to yourself in public is frowned upon, this is the next best thing.

    19. Many years ago, I read a few of Kurt Vonnegut’s books. The one which struck me the most was “Slaughter House Five“, but I enjoyed the couple I read and I bought several more intending to complete more of his works. Well, life got in the way and I’ve never gotten around to them. I found a few of his quotes on another blog I subscribe to (and copied them to my own), but they tickled my fancy about getting back to the ones I’ve not read. “Wampeters, Foma & Granfalloons” is one of [...]

    20. Hard to read but not for the reason you may think. Hard because once again Kurt is so right. I grew up during the Vietnam War. His take on our government then and since is simply chilling. Even then he was sounding the alarm on the environment and the out of control war machine. Read, read, read and read again. It goes by quickly. It takes me back to the Uni. of SC where I heard him speak in 1978. I got an autographed blank check too. We met on the street afterwards. I was coming from a toga par [...]

    21. Odds 'n sods that have dated far less than I imagined they would have. No: it's we who have slid back. Unca Kurt knew full well in 1970something that whatever it was we were designing our society for, it wasn't each other, let alone ourselves. He tried to trick us into paying attention, and we got our revenge by bricking him up inside his own cult following ("Vintage Vonnegut!").I used imagine him reading his books out loud into my mind's ear, and always heard a merry twinkle and giggle in that [...]

    22. It's a bit of a mishmash of essays, speeches, book reviews and even a short play, but somehow it all seems to fit together. It is remarkable that this book, which is very concerned with things that were going on in the early nineteen seventies, still seems relevant so many decades later. Perhaps this is because Vonnegut always saw the big picture and could cut through the noise of the moment to point out what mattered and what didn't, and the importance of being kind, unselfish, and trying not t [...]

    23. The reviews of other novels, ‘Fortitude,’ and the Playboy Interview really sat with me. ‘There’s a Maniac Out There’ was by far my favorite. Hearing about Vonnegut’s respect for Capote helped to capacitate this true-crime essay based on the Truro murders hooked me more in fifteen pages than the 300+ pages of Capote’s own ‘In Cold Blood.’The speeches and addresses weren’t addressed or spoken to me, so I didn’t care for any of them. What a surprise. Vonnegut’s really teachi [...]

    24. Not to miss for lovers of Vonnegut's cranky ramblings. Some to love are:1. Teaching the Unteachable2. Yes, We Have No Nirvanas3. Fortitude4. "There's a Maniac Loose Out There"5. Why They Read Hesse6. Biafra: A People Betrayed7. Address at Bennington College, 19708. In A Manner That Must Shame God Himself9. Playboy Interview

    25. This collection of non-fiction writing from Kurt Vonnegut spans the years 1966-74 and includes essays, reviews, speeches and other odds and ends. It's a bit of a mixed bag, but Vonnegut fans will definitely find things to enjoy.

    26. It’s a great collection of essays, reviews, an interview w/ Playboy Magazine, a fiction short story, and general observations about Humans. It’s Vonnegut, so it’s just outstanding because he’s a favorite of mine. :-)

    27. Very weak collection of barrel-scrapings. All but one are non-fiction, which I prefer to short stories and made me fancy this, but the Playboy interview and piece on Biafra aside there's nothing of consequence or interest here. Very disappointing.

    28. Although this book is unmistakably Vonnegut, you can find everything in it why we love the Master, somehow I understand why it wasn't translated into Hungarian until now. Of course it's a must for fans but try not to read this first from him.

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