Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction

Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction

by Kurt Vonnegut

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Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
fuzzy_patters on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a short story collection by Kurt Vonnegut. These short stories were written in a time when a writer could make a living selling short stories to commercial magazines, and these were Vonnegut's. Other writers who were cranking out short stories for a regular paycheck included William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway,and John Steinbeck, so Vonnegut was in good company in this regard.The stories in this collection are all very entertaining and all have Vonnegut's typical sardonic wit. None of the stories really stand out as all are quite enjoyable, and Vonnegut does not have the bad habit of repeating the same themes that can lead to a short story collection becoming tedious by the end of the book. Instead, these are all very inventive, and many are quite different from each other. The only thing missing from this collection was that one great short story that the reader will remember long after finishing the book. File these under forgettably fun read.
shadowofthewind on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed these short stories. These aren't sconce fiction except for one or two stories. It demonstates Vonnegut's mastery of storytelling. He could make a rock sound intersting. I love his introductions and epilogues. It really delves into the root of all of his stories and demonstates he doesn't take himself too seriously. These are the stories he had written before and during his first major novel, player piano. Many of the characters, plots and settings are revisited in depth in his later works. It's nice to read them here in their infancy. This book is more for the already established Vonnegut fan for that reason specifically. Fab lines:It proves that the short story, because of its phsiological and psychological effects on a human being, is more closely related to Buddhist styles of meditation than it is to any other form of narrative entertainment...a Buddhist cat-napReading a novel, War and Peace for example, is no Catnap. Because a novel is so long, reading one is like being married forever to somebody nobody knows or cares about.
jcovington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is probably my favorite of Vonnegut's works, but then I love short stories. Some are touching, some are sad, and some are laugh out loud funny. This is some of his best work.
papskier on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting collection of stories... a different Vonnegut
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Also my first Vonegut read, I really need to read A MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY though, heard that was really good. Pretty good.It's always nice to read short stories. His stories are a good read because they do make you laugh and they do make you think. I think one of the first stories is Thanosphere which is one of the best. What if we could talk to the dead? It seems sort of like a story/epilogue. The other stories are good though too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These are some of the most easily accessible and easily entertaining short stories I've ever run across, as well as the first Vonnegut work I've ever read. A fine collection. Vonnegut is funny without even trying. I challenge anyone to read 'A Present for Big St. Nick' without laughing out loud. The three stories featuring poor Mr. Helmholtz, the woebegotten band director of Lincoln High School, are gems as well. Most importantly, Vonnegut not only makes you laugh, he makes you think. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i can not believe nobody has reviewed this yet. great works from the early days of america's finest living writer