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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Bagombo Snuff Box by Kurt Vonnegut Jr
Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Bagombo Snuff Box by Kurt Vonnegut. 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. Here we see the mind-bending wit and central themes of his masterpiece, Slaughterhouse-Five. A must-read for Vonnegut aficionados new and old.
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Having just read George Saunders, I feel they are kindred spirits. And also with fellow for a time Chicagoan Ray Bradbury, though there are only two science fiction stories here.
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The introduction is about how he started to make money as a short story writer and was able to get out of working for General Electric. It includes reflections on a time when more people read short stories though it seems steadily the same to me over the past decades, not as popular as novels, of course.
He shares his advice for writers, which is invaluable: Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water. Every sentence must do one of two things: Reveal character or advance the action.
Start as close to the end as possible. 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. 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.
Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.
Most of the stories are inferior to ones in later collections, but the best of them is “2 B R 0 2 B” which is a satire on population control. View all 5 comments. I guess Vonnegut is known mostly for his novels, but I’ve always been a big fan of his short fiction. No one else seems to pack such vitality into so few pages, and this collection really highlights his versatility. Some of the stories are humorous – a realtor learns a thing or two from some prospective buyers, a town comes to regret embracing an efficiency expert, and a mob Santa Claus receives bo special present.
And some are bittersweet – a man attempts to pawn a wartime souvenir, a school ba I guess Vonnegut bpx known mostly for his novels, but I’ve always been a big fan of his short fiction.
And some are bittersweet – a man attempts to pawn a wartime souvenir, a school band director learns there’s more to life than winning competitions. Two of the standouts showcase Vonnegut’s mastery of science nox.
In Thanaspherethe Air Force receives this message from their man in deep space: Don’t you hear it? And everything works out fine, until someone has a baby: She was exclaiming over the legal implications of triplets. The law said that no newborn child could survive unless the parents of the child could find someone who would volunteer to die. Triplets, if they were all to live, called for three volunteers. Vonnegut provides a wonderful introduction to the book, waxing nostalgic about the early s and the heyday of the short story.
There was a crazy seller’s market for short stories in There were four weekly magazines that published three or more of the things in every issue. Six monthlies did the same.
That seems almost unimaginable today. Short stories are still out there. It’s harder to find them these days. But it’s definitely worth the effort. There are on many campuses, moreover, local papers, weeklies or monthlies, that publish short stories but cannot pay for them. What the heck, practicing an art isn’t a way to earn money. bagomb
Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction
It’s a way to make one’s soul grow. View all 11 comments. Dec 19, Abby rated it it was ok. For Kurt Vonnegut, I did not care for these stories. Dec 10, Patdmac7 rated it it was amazing. Every sentence must do one of two things-reveal character or advance the action.
No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them-in ord Creative Writing 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. If you open a window and make love to the worls, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia. I might as well settle here as anywhere, since I haven’t very strong reasons for living in any particular part of the country.
Design your life like that Finnish carafe over there clean, harmonious, alive with the cool, tart soul of truth in our time. And Franklin had no such passion-for the theater or anything else.
He had nothing but the bittersweet, almost formless longings of youth. It’s a great way to lose your forward motion. People with a lot of money get so worried about how maybe they’ll lose it, they forget to live. Let’s put our love beyond all harm.
Good-bye – sweet, gentle stranger. Mar 11, MJ Nicholls rated it liked it Shelves: As the Master himself points out in the marvellous introduction, these are embryonic stories, stylistically clumsy and written purely for financial gain. This doesn’t make the work any less playful and Vonnegutian, though the bulk of these stories have a more moralistic feel to them, and only shades of the postmodern hilarity he would become known for is evident throughout.
Thanasphere and 2BRO2B are the only sci-fi entries. The rest deal with the aspirations of poor blue-collar characters and have an incomplete, drab feel redeemed in part by Vonnegut’s humourous dialogue. Runaways is a standout — a hilarious inversion of the teenage love story.
For Vonnegut die-hards only! Jun 14, Hrishabh Chaudhary rated it really liked it. What a surely, purely, coincidentally, appropriate title! I say this, because this book is nothing short of a snuff box for a Vonnegut fan and that is how I have been using it for past 2 weeks. One or two stories a day to make my troubles drop away.
The book contains 23 wonderful stories, accompanied by a brilliant preface by Peter Reed author of at least 4 books on Vonnegut and his works and an introduction by Kurt Vonnegut himself, which contains his eight rules for creative writing, out of w What a surely, purely, coincidentally, appropriate title! The book contains 23 wonderful stories, accompanied by a brilliant preface by Peter Reed author of at least 4 books on Vonnegut and his works and an introduction by Kurt Vonnegut himself, which contains his eight rules for creative writing, out of which most important is, Rule No.
And Vonnegut never breaks this rule in any of his stories.
In these stories he honed his skill and worked on themes which were to be further developed and featured in his later, more popular works. Themes like pretense, father-son relation, limitations of science, and confusion of war.
Kurt Vonnegut writes about these stories- As fossils, they are fakes on bagomob order of Piltdown Man, half human being, half the orangutan I used to be. Short stories can have greatness, short as they have to be. But there is no greatness in this or my other collection, nor was there meant to be. I am not learned enough to vouch for greatness, but they surely do have style. Style is evident from the outset of boc book.