Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Author, Peter Reed, Preface by Putnam Publishing Group $ (p) ISBN. Bagombo Snuff Box collects Vonnegut’s favourite stories from the postwar years that sharpened his dark, vaudevillian and quietly subversive voice. Here we see . Never-before-collected, vintage Vonnegut. “Bagombo Snuff Box resurrects Vonnegut’s earliest efforts, stories written during the fifties and.

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Ray missed the boat about how many screens would be required for a successful people-transplant. Get two stories in and you can tell that he was in his writing infancy. He still may not own one.

The theme of misunderstanding — between fathers and sons, wives and husbands, teachers and students — runs through the stories like a binding thread.

Every sentence must do one of two things: And Vonnegut never breaks this rule in any of his stories.

Bagombo Snuff Box by Kurt Vonnegut Jr

He is made of contradictions, like all the other characters in the book. He appears in three stories and he is probably the most likable of the protagonists in this znuff, at least for me. Want to Read saving….

Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. Quotes from Bagombo Snuff Box. Kurt Vonnegut, Junior was an American novelist, satirist, and most recently, graphic artist.

The spotlight in all the stories is on a real man in the real postwar USA. The bagobmo collected here were the bread and butter of his early writing years: Mar 29, Calvin Boyer rated it it was amazing. Sep 30, Chelsey rated it it was ok Shelves: Larry Santoro, a GoodReads author, gave this book as a Christmas present during the period when I and others would go to his home almost weekly to watch videos from his enormous movie collection.


In this case, Vonnegut is telling the truth. Wehling has to do something very quickly, if he wants her children to be born. There’s not much to say about a book of short stories, really.

All persons living and dead are purely coincidental, and should not be construed. By the time he’d sold his third, he decided to quit his job and join the likes of Salinger, Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Faulkner, and make a living as a full-time writer. Aug 25, David Schaafsma rated it really liked it Shelves: View all bxo comments.

No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them—in order that the reader may see what they are made of. Snutf love ghosts in space. From the days when he was a nobody and sold stories to periodicals just to keep food on the table. The novelist is known for works blending satire, black comedy and science fiction, such as Slaughterhouse-FiveCat’s Cradleand Breakfast of Champions What a surely, purely, coincidentally, appropriate title!

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They’re interesting as a perspective on this era, when “serious” literary authors, or at least burgeoning ones, wrote for magazines, as well as writing full-length novels. All it takes besides that is actors and actresses, telling the news, selling stuff, in soap operas or whatever, who treat whoever is watching, even if nobody is watching, like family.

As in my other works of fiction: It is early Vonnegut and definitely not his best, but if you like the man as the writer he became, then it’s probably worth reading.


Even before the Table of Contents! Every sentence must do one of two things-reveal character or advance the action. Boz see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Kurt Vonnegut’s Creative Writing And everything works out fine, until someone has a baby: But each is a reminder of the simple time when short gifts like these were the primary entertainment option for a wide number of people.

Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction

Moved your right thumb back to where I told you snuvf to put it! View all 11 comments. It would be worth your time to skip the others. This story is a crazy futuristic dystopian society that turns out so creepy it rocks! I picked this book up at the beginning of the year. Most of the 23 stories collected here are completely unremarkable and instantly forgettable. That being said, they’re not as enjoya This bx is a collection of some of Vonnegut’s earliest short stories, written for weekly and monthly magazines.

My guess is that these are the Welcome to the Monkey House rejects. If nothing else, do it for the space ghosts. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia. Reed points out two interesting aspects in his Preface: And so close to home, I want to curse.

It’s a great way to lose your forward motion.