Look at the Birdie: Unpublished Short Fiction

Look at the Birdie: Unpublished Short Fiction

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ISBN-13: 9781440762291
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 10/14/2009

About the Author

Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) made his mark with his brilliant antiwar novel Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), published during the height of the protests against the Vietnam War. But he endured as a purveyor of mind-warping, surreal fiction that just so happened to be funny. In a career spanning over 50 years and numerous books, he published fourteen novels, including Breakfast of Champions and Cat's Cradle, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of non-fiction.

Date of Birth:

November 11, 1922

Date of Death:

April 11, 2007

Place of Birth:

Indianapolis, Indiana

Place of Death:

New York, New York

Education:

Cornell University, 1940-42; Carnegie-Mellon University, 1943; University of Chicago, 1945-47; M.A., 1971

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Look at the Birdie: Unpublished Short Fiction 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
juptam2 More than 1 year ago
there is, of course, nothing quite like vonnegut. i haven't even finished the book, and already, am as delighted as when i read every single book of his except for galapagos, as then, i was in ecstacy. i even use this word as a term to describe the feeling of absolute perfection. "galapagos." anyway, please read "look at the birdie," and you will NOT, i repeat NOT, have wasted a second.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For someone familiar with Kurt Vonnegut's writing this will add to your feeling of completeness since he will not be writing in the future. For those not acquainted with the author, this is a good introduction to his genius. These are short stories and can be read in any order from short to longer depending on the time you want to spend. He has a specialty with endings of his stories.
nivramkoorb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having not read any Vonnegut in many years, it was a pleasure to read these stories. Not all of them hit the high mark that I came to expect from the author, but it was fun to get back into his unique way of looking at things. He was great at building absurdity upon absurdity. Not sure how much younger readers are into Vonnegut but they should definitely read his classics.
campingmomma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad someone decided to put all these "lost" stories in this fine collection. Hall of Mirrors and the title story; Look at the Birdie were probably my two favorite with Petrified Ants being my least. I have to admit though that Petrified Ants was not what I expected. I enjoed the story of the ants more than I did the characters in the same story. All in all a good read for some previously unpublished stories.
goodinthestacks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some decent Vonnegut stories, but nothing astounding. I enjoyed reading several, but others I could not get into at all. Though, a mixed bag of Vonnegut is better than no Vonnegut at all.
Phyrexicaid on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read "Petrified ants" before reading this collection. I feel "Petrified ants" is the weakest of the stories. The others are great vignettes, which could perhaps have been made into short novels. Enjoyable nonetheless.
lesterPA More than 1 year ago
Vonnegut has always been a great storyteller, and this collection is perhaps the best of his I have read yet. Really nice to find something new even after his passing, as well as so entertaining and easy to read. "The King and Queen of the Universe" may be the best short story of his I have ever read. I highly recommend this book to those who are already fans of Vonnegut, but maybe more so as an introduction to those who have never read him. It is a wonderful way to meet a great author, and find out how he got his start.
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This is a posthumous collection of short fiction that Vonnegut wrote in his early days as a writer, and that was left unpublished. It is clearly below the level of writing for which he became famous, and should probably have been left unpublished. Only for the serious collector of everything.written by Vonnegut.