Slapstick: Or Lonesome No More

Slapstick: Or Lonesome No More

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Slapstick presents an apocalyptic vision as seen through the eyes of the current King of Manhattan (and last President of the United States), a wickedly irreverent look at the all-too-possible results of today’s follies. But even the end of life-as-we-know-it is transformed by Kurt Vonnegut’s pen into hilarious farce—a final slapstick that may be the Almighty’s joke on us all.

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ISBN-13: 9781511323895
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance
Publication date: 01/28/2016
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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


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

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Slapstick; or, Lonesome No More! 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
BookHoundDC More than 1 year ago
I am a HUGE Vonnegut fan and so a little biased. I've read most of his novels and I have to say this one may be my favorite. It seemed to me to be his most poignant, his deepest and softest look at the human condition. Usually Vonnegut's writing is caustic and sarcastic, a grumpy old man's grumpy view of the world and his own life. Slapstick is still caustic and sarcastic, but there is something more to it, something touching, almost frail. Reading it, I felt like I was seeing the softer side of a normally harsh but beloved grandfather. It was wonderful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love his writing. GREAT BOOK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
excellent novel. By far one of vonneguts greatest work, i read it over exam week last year in high school and have been dying to re-read it but i lost it. however, vonneguts theoretical future is amazingly funny. I also liked how the story jumps around a bit, much like slaughterhouse 5.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not Vonnegut's most critcally acclaimed work. But I believe it to be his most intriguing and unique masterpiece. I have read 7 Vonnegut novels including Sirens, Cat's, and Slaughterhouse. And this is by far the funniest and tingled my heart strings while demanding that I crack up. Vonnegut writes about a future that is pure balderdash and is hopefully depressing. The funniest novel by the worlds most hilariously realistic author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Slapstick is a winner. The book is very Vonnegut, filled with odd characters and screwy plot lines. Quite a fast read, and entertaining to the very end. The novel has found its way to the top of my list of great books! A definite must read for all fans of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
danconsiglio on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Vonnegut is a beast. His futures are imaginative, well conceived, engaging, and thought provoking. Feel free to add all of your favorite positive adjectives to this list.
JFBallenger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Vonnegut was brilliant with Slaughterhouse Five, but his next several books were dreadfully derivative -- this piece of narcissistic bilge being perhaps the worst of the lot. And so on.
shawnd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This typical Vonnegut novel weaves in many of his usual settings and topics: Indianapolis; Urbana, Illinois; Dresden (although late and little--see if you can find it); German-Americans; and a future version of Earth--in this case a sort of post-apocalyptic America. Plainly written in his signature style, it is a biography of sorts of a set of twins born deformed, to a very rich family. Their trials and travails of being physically challenged and mentally super-superior makes for some interesting twists and turns, and provoking tragedies and sadness at times. A master designer is to a smock as Vonnegut is to slapstick. Functional, beautiful, tragic, plain, enduring, not believable, Vonnegut.
BooksForDinner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dr. Wilbur Daffodil-11 Swain, the King of Manhattan. One of my 5 favorite KV's.
wunderkind on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm starting to think that the creative basis for this novel was the phrase "Hi ho", which the narrator, Wilbur Daffodil-11 Swain--King of Manhattan, landlord and tenant of the vacant Empire State Building, genius idiot, pediatrician, twin, and former tallest President of the United States--repeats quite often throughout his story. And novels probably shouldn't be based on short, almost meaningless phrases. The story sort of meanders along in that effortlessly entertaining way that Vonnegut has, but in the end there doesn't seem to be a point, or much of a plot either. The best thing in here, which could have made for a much better story, was the idea of the Chinese becoming so advanced as a civilization that they shrink down to the size of microorganisms and learn to dematerialize to Mars, cure breast cancer with gongs, and possibly manipulate gravity. That would have been an awesome novel right there, but it's just mentioned in the periphery of the main goings-on of the book. Which doesn't really have an ending, by the way. It just sort of stops. I guess this is one to read if you already like Kurt Vonnegut and want to read all of his books, but if you haven't tried him yet then I would avoid Slapstick for now.
AuntieAmerica on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
By Vonnegut's own admission not one of his best, and yet I still enjoyed it more than 90% of what I've read this year.
amlet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was my first Vonnegut experience, and the mutant genius children instantly appealed to me and drew me into their secluded lives. After reading Cat's Cradle, I'm not sure if I would have liked this book if I had read it afterwards. To me they seem cut from the same cloth, and I started wondering very quickly whether he had some kind of template.
Magadri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite Vonnegut book, but I did like it. It was a little hard to follow in some parts, but I don't think the point was to follow the story. It starts out kind of slow, but it becomes interesting toward the middle/end.
dilldill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My absolute favourite Vonnegut novel. Satire-light, if you will. Totally digestable humour with a lesson.
Darrol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Fates Worse Than Death, Vonnegut says that it was a sequel to Palm Sunday. But I think that maybe both might be background for Slapstick.
Arctic-Stranger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately Vonnegut is winding down here. There are enough good moments to make this a worthwhile read, but it is almost too easy to read. You just want to expect more from him.
Smiley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Funny, but dated. The reader will have no trouble placing this novel in the energy worried, malaise ridden Carter years of the '70's.
BookReviewersClub More than 1 year ago
ean Goranites of the BookReviewersClub reviewed the book "Slapstick" by Kurt Vonnegut. This book tells the story of a 100-year old man who is living in a large building on a dead American island. On this place, most of the buildings were destroyed and only a few people were left alive. This book tells the story of the man's life as a twin who could become a genius whenever his head was in physical contact with his twin sister. The book has many themes. Some of those themes include family, diplomacy, relations between countries. In other words, it touches on topics in much of our world. It also covers a lot of territory in a short period of time. This is a good book. All in all, he gave the book 4 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a new Vonnegut fan. Just can't seem to get enough. Funny with lots of black comedy and satire. His characters are full and quirky, like us all. I just hope I can get my hands on every one of his books.
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