Sunday, July 23, 2006

A Man Without a Country


A Man Without a Country
By Kurt Vonnegut

In “A Man Without a Country” Kurt Vonnegut unleashes his wit and wrath on government, the environment, war, and life in general. This book is a backstage pass to the life and times of a man who should be considered a national treasure, despite his dissatisfaction with the twisted road our government has chosen to travel. His comments are cloaked in his Twainesque humor and while amusing, also make serious points. If the reader is an avid Vonnegut fan, there will be no surprises in this book and whether the reader agrees or disagrees with the premise this book, it is an astute observation on the state of our society.

Kurt Vonnegut was classified as a Science Fiction writer by publishers because he injects technology into his writing; however, this is not a fair assessment of his genre. His books need to be read, “A Man Without a Country” in particular, for one to understand the man.