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. Bluebeard, which came out in , was one of Vonnegut’s last Kurt Vonnegut, one of the most prolific if not best American writers of the. BLUEBEARD By Kurt Vonnegut. pp. New York: Delacorte Press. $ BY the high imaginative standards of Kurt Vonnegut at his best.

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I read this mostly on a train to and from work, and must have looked slightly ridiculous with all the times I shut the book and just laughed. Rabo seems to emphasise the process of painting – the laying on of paint. Long Island, New York: So Rabo is complex yet comfortable, and he is definitely the heart of this story.

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ComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. He writes as if he was speaking to a small child, but it is never ever condescending. It’s your turn now.

As a teenager, Karabekian gradually displays an extraordinary talent for draughtsmanship. Yet this is also a story about genocide survivors, abusive relationships, the horror of war, and the horror of mediocrity.

Connegut me, the story was slow moving, and plodding until the reader discovers the secret in the barn. Sep 29, George K.

We say to him or her next morning. It is this understanding of the essential inability of modernity to vonnegutt itself with a past it cannot deny, vnnegut marks Bluebeard as Vonnegut in clear command of his facility, and fully matured in his understanding of what it means to be American in the second half of the twentieth century.


The flow of the book is fantastic. That being said, I think this would be a great first book for those not familiar with Vonnegut. Views Read Edit View history.

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When he allows the fantastical into his stories, they just POP more for me. You will also learn about the secret that he has been keeping in his potato cellar for years. Viewed in this way, war is a mechanism for the oppression of women. Feb 02, lit.

Some of the smartest commentary on modern art well, sort of modern — the abstract expressionists and just being human via art Retrieved from ” https: His hermitage is interrupted by Circe Berman, a writer of what sure sounds like YA novels, who endeavours to change his life, much to his chagrin. In essence, they are both recognizing the fact that abstract expressionism has nothing to do with reality, but while Circe abhors its disconnectedness, Rabo takes shelter in it.

There’s several jokes regarding Rabo’s paintings, one of which he gave away in Breakfast: The book follows former abstract expressionist painter Rabo Karabekian, serving as his autobiography and a mystery story simultaneously. I wouldn’t be surprised if Wes Anderson has cited Vonnegut as an inspiration somewhere.

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To ask other readers questions about Bluebeardplease sign up. Although born in America of immigrant Armenian parents, he is haunted by their close escape from the first genocide of the twentieth century, the massacre by the Turks of a million of their Armenian citizens. 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. All the main characters are fictitious, but a few real names are dropped, such as Jackson Pollock.


Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut

Bluebeaard is a lbuebeard services platform that we used to host our service. It is specifically this: She convinces Rabo to write his autobiography, which results in the text of Bluebeard. And there are also occasional visits from neighbor-chum Paul Slazinger, a penniless, artistic novelist whose fragile psyche is hard-hit by the presence of crafty, nonartistic best-selling “Polly Madison.

He takes up abstract expressionism, in the company of Rothko and Pollock, and becomes one of the leaders of this American school. He’s talked about some of these themes before but comes at them from a different angle in Bluebeard.

Occasionally, he would kind of wake up and spout off what might have been happening in his jurt, and then fall back to sleep. The painting however literally fell apart when the Sateen Dura-Luxe began to shred itself from the canvas upon which it was painted becoming Rabo Karabekian’s biggest embarrassment as an abstract expressionist.

Be the first to discover new talent! Bluebeard is unusual in comparison to his other books.

I miss Kurt Vonnegut. View all 14 comments. When a bossy, mysterious writer invites herself into his mansion, Rabo opens up about his life, his art and his sadness. In general, as one familiar with Vonnegut might expect, utter disdain for war and for the glorification of war pervades Bluebeardalmost dripping off vonnegt pages.

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