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Deadeye Dick

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  • Posted May 1, 2011

    A great read

    I found Vonnegut's writing style to be very intriguing in Deadeye Dick. The dark theme of life having no purpose is balanced with humor, satire, and imagination, making the book both dark and light. A novel with an idea of life having no purpose would usually be followed by despair and depression, but Vonnegut's humorous approach brings a smile to the reader. This writing style of Vonnegut's is what makes the book hard to put down. It is not apparent who Vonnegut is intending to reach, but maybe he is not trying to target a specific group of people, and rather entertain those whose hands the book falls upon. The most interesting point in the book is also the most important, when the main character Rudy Waltz randomly fires one of his father's guns over the town and kills someone. The title is a perfect fit, because "Deadeye Dick" is the nickname Rudy received after the incident, and the events that follow throughout the novel are centered on it. If you are a fan of Vonnegut's writing, then this is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2011

    Good fast read

    I found this book to be very enjoyable. Light and dark at the same time.

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  • Posted November 11, 2008

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    Just As Good The Second Time Around

    While recovering from illness this week, I happened upon a paperback at my girlfriend's house I had read many a moon ago. Although it's true that Vonnegut often sacrifices character development in favor of moral posturing, his knack for black humor remains unsurpassed. The genius of his writing is to speak from the perspective of a visiting space alien: every absurdity of the human existence is catalogued in a jovial, non-judgemental fashion. Whatever we glumly taken for granted and accept as the way of the world, Vonnegut reminds us over and over again IT ONLY HAS TO BE THAT WAY IF YOU CONTINUE TO ALLOW IT OF YOUR OWN FREE WILL. Wondrous.

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  • Posted November 9, 2008

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    READ THIS ONE

    I loved this. One of my favorites. It's more intimate than most Vonnegut, in that it follows a whole family. One I hadn't heard much about, but it's classic Vonnegut.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2000

    Neuters live forever

    This is my favorite Vonnegut novel. The socially and sexually inept (such as myself) will identify with accidental murderer 'Deadeye Dick' who later in life becomes a pharmicist. He is also a member of the 'Neuters,' invisible people who represent the largest population of NYC, possibly even larger than the gay community.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2000

    Vonnegut Is King

    Deadeye Dick is an amazing tale about a young man named Rudy Waltz who stumbles over amazing circumstances and spends the rest of his life being haunted by what has taken place in his past. Normally, this would sound like a book that saddens and despairs, but Vonnegut's humorous approach brings a smile to the reader's lips, even as a normally tragic circumstance takes place. As a self-proclaimed Vonnegut scholar and a current veteran of seventeen of his homages to the human condition, I have to say this ranks right up there.

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