Kurt Vonnegut, one of the most acclaimed American writers of the past century, died in New York City on April 11, He was the New York Times bestselling . The best thing in this posthumous collection of previously unpublished odds and ends by Kurt Vonnegut is a great piece of writing, the strongest. First published on the anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut’s death, Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of twelve new writings – a fitting tribute to the author, and.

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A German-American rooted in Indianapolis bearing generations of ethnic pride, he wrote an early novel called Mother Night that addressed German guilt for World War II with the story of an American Nazi who might or might not have been secretly spying for the Allied anti-Nazi cause.

Oct 20, John rated it liked it. The collection begins with a letter from his father in Germany to his family in America, following his release at the conclusion of the Second World War, five years before his first publication: This story offers a familiar moral and not an optimistic one in a spare and powerful setting.

It armayeddon from an iconic retrospetc of the time, Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, and in sad irony it remains a tacit leitmotif of this posthumous book, a mixed collection of Vonnegut’s late writings.


Was his blindness symbolical? What was that like? No trivia or quizzes yet. This was my introduction to Vonnegut.

The only interesting item in Armageddon in Retrospect is a reproduction of the letter he wrote to his family after being freed as a POW in WWII, where he was forced carry the dead to bonfires following the bombing of Dresden. Was it something you were very aware of as you grew up? Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Please try again later. He was goofing eetrospect in Germany like everybody else, and all of a sudden this stuff came gushing out of him. About halfway through this short collection, I was fairly unimpressed.

Showing of 81 reviews. The boundaries of the column seemed absolutely sharp and unwavering, as though made of glass. Whenever he complained that no one outside of high school students read him atmageddon he was fluffing the balloon. Is this feature helpful? That kind of organizational flaw is basically to be expected with a posthumous collection of unpublished writings.

Perhaps some of the stories seem repetitive toward the last third. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Armageddon in Retrospect: And Other New and Unpublished Writings on War and Peace by Kurt Vonnegut

Also by Kurt Vonnegut. This collection of unpublished Vonnegut short stories demonstrates why they were never published when he was alive: Armageddon in retrospect is a collection of short stories published after Kurt Vonnegut’s death.

The letters and essays that open this collection are strong, but the short stories that provide the bulk of the book offer the fresher material. Armageddon in Retrospect sat in the to-be-read pile for a good long while. Is this all making sense? On the last page of the book, there is a quote that sums up the book and, arguably, the Vonnegut library quite well: Open Preview Retroapect a Problem? Sep 20, Ben Babcock rated it really liked it Shelves: Which brings be back to “Armageddon in Retrospect.


World War II was fought for near-Holy motives.

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vknnegut The stories vary widely in quality from absolutely hilarious, heartbreakingly sad, to rather mediocre the majority of them. The concentrated power of a novel is a beautiful thing in itself, but one gets a better sense of the mind behind it by reading in smaller chunks, spaced over a longer time. Dresden was the last major German city to escape bombing because there was nothing combative about it; vpnnegut was a city of hospitals and refugees. I wonder if the publisher was trying to take advantage of Vonnegut’s recent death.

It was really good. Jun 12, Corey Pung rated it really liked it. He saw first-hand the brutality of the SS toward their prisoners.