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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? This is vintage Vonnegut: short stories never-before collected or published in book form. They are from the era of the Golden Age of magazines: a pre-television time when publications such as The Saturday Evening Post, Collier's, Argosy, and others reigned supreme as Americans' entertainment choice.
Before that Golden Age drew to a close half a century ago, a young PR man at General Electric sold his first short story to one of the publications. By the time he'd sold his third, Vonnegut quit GE to join the likes of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Faulkner to write short stories at fifteen-hundred dollars a piece.
Vonnegut himself has selected the best of these early stories for this audio collection, and has written a new preface and afterword for the occasion. Now listeners can relive the genesis of the master. Bagombo Snuff Box, the missing pieces of the master's collection, is a ready-made classic for Vonnegut fans new and old. Read more Read less. No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases.
Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. I began reading Vonnegut as a teenager.
He was the first writer whose career I actually followed. When a new Vonnegut book got released, I was the first in line. So when I heard that a collection of his long-lost stories was being released, I put in my pre-order months in advance.
When the book arrived I dove in head first and read every story in two days. When I closed the book I felt satisfied, but not elated or touched or any wiser -- all the things I usually feel when closing a Vonnegut book. It's not that the stories weren't entertaining -- they were.
But that's all they were. They relied too heavily on Maupassant-esque "twists" at the end. After a while it seemed too gimmicky, too tricky. No epiphanies, no enlightenment, and no understanding emerged from these characters. Vonnegut himself has said that the short story is a difficult and elusive art form.
He's mastered the novel, the social satire and he's got enough great books to cement his reputation as one of the 20th century's literary giants. But his short stories won't be counted among his many achievements. Read the stories for fun, but read one of his novels if you want exposure to Vonnegut's best work. These are relatively early Vonnegut short stories, apparently written while he was still developing his style. A few of the stories are very dated, which in a way makes them kind of humorous today.
Overall, I'm glad I read the stories, but they're not even close to the quality of Welcome to the Monkey House. And they're not even in the same ballpark as Slaughterhouse 5.
If the price is good, buy and read them for what they are. If you're more into Player Piano, Cat's Cradle and other earlier Vonnegut you'll enjoy these stories. As enjoyable as they are, they aren't Slaughterhouse Five, or Between Time and Timbucktoo - so don't expect that. For myself, I'm happy that he chose to put these together and allow them to be published.
I find this group of short stories entertaining and thought provoking. Although out of the genre I usually read, I really liked reading the short stories written by a great American writer before he became so popular. His talent was already shining through his difficult to describe, whimsical? I think anyone who liked his writing will find this book worthwhile. This is for readers who still enjoy a good short story, period. This is an outdated medium but persists nonetheless. If you are looking for sci-fi fantesy, you will find little here.
If you looking for true Vonnegut humanism and irony, there is more than you bargained for. The author rests his stories on his history WWII most notably.
If you are smart enough to make the transferance you will enjoy the stories. I am savoring each and every one. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us.
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Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction
As Vonnegut points out in his introduction, the stories are shards of a vanished civilization — that remote pre-TV epoch when popular magazines published several short stories per issue, when readers devoutly devoured them, and when a young writer in search of his voice could support his family by churning them out. Save FB Tweet ellipsis More. Image zoom. Fiction Short Stories.
Bagombo Snuff Box
New York, A young PR man working at General Electric sold his first magazine piece. 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. That young man was Kurt Vonnegut.