2BR02B

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Everything was perfectly swell.

There were no prisons, no slums, no insane asylums, no cripples, no poverty, no wars.

All diseases were conquered. So was old age.

Death, barring accidents, was an adventure for volunteers.

Never, never, never -- not even in medieval Holland nor old Japan -- had a garden been more formal, been better tended. ...

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Overview

Everything was perfectly swell.

There were no prisons, no slums, no insane asylums, no cripples, no poverty, no wars.

All diseases were conquered. So was old age.

Death, barring accidents, was an adventure for volunteers.

Never, never, never -- not even in medieval Holland nor old Japan -- had a garden been more formal, been better tended. Every plant had all the loam, light, water, air and nourishment it could use.

A hospital orderly came down the corridor, and looked in at the mural and the muralist. "Looks so real," he said, "I can practically imagine I'm standing in the middle of it."

"What makes you think you're not in it?" said the painter. He gave a satiric smile. "It's called 'The Happy Garden of Life,' you know."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606645017
  • Publisher: Alan Rodgers Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Pages: 46
  • Sales rank: 1,031,266
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Kurt Vonnegut
American author Kurt Vonnegut combined satiric social commentary and black comedy with surrealist and science fictional elements. His best known works are Player Piano (1952), Cat's Cradle (1963), Slaughterhouse-Five (1969; film, 1972), and Breakfast of Champions (1973). Known for his outspoken political opinions, Vonnegut also produced a host of essays, articles, and short stories. A number of his works have been translated into television or film, and he graced a few of these with cameo appearances. Vonnegut was also a graphic artist, and illustrated a number of his works himself.

Common themes in Vonnegut's work include the dehumanization wrought by technology, as well as by bureaucracy and media indoctrination. Sexuality and violence and the myths that spring up around them are also common themes. While Vonnegut's work has sometimes been criticized for flouting accepted narrative conventions, for "sophomoric simplicity", and for vulgarity, there is no mistaking the passion of his underlying arguments -- for pacifism, for socialist equality, and most of all for the need for common decency. Yet what separates Vonnegut from other social commentators and political do-gooders is that he never seemed compelled to elevate himself above the rest of humanity. He portrayed himself, as he did nearly everyone else (hero or villain), as a dumb schmuck struggling to do his best, despite mispatched mental programming and an unsteady world.

Biography

Born in 1922, Vonnegut grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. His architect father suffered great financial setbacks during the Depression and was unemployed for long stretches of time. His mother suffered from mental illness and eventually committed suicide in 1944, a trauma that haunted Vonnegut all his life. He attended Cornell in the early 1940s, but quit in order to enlist in the Army during WWII.

Vonnegut was shipped to Europe, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and was captured behind enemy lines and incarcerated in a German prison camp. As a POW, he witnessed the firebombing of Dresden by Allied forces, an event of devastating magnitude that left an indelible impression on the young soldier.

After the war, Vonnegut returned home and married his high school sweetheart. In addition to two daughters and a son of their own, he and his first wife adopted three children orphaned in 1958 by the death of Vonnegut's sister Alice. (He and his second wife adopted another daughter.) The family lived in Chicago and Schenectady before settling in Cape Cod, where Vonnegut began to concentrate seriously on his writing. His first novel, the darkly dystopian Player Piano, was published in 1952 and met with moderate success. Three additional novels followed (including the critically acclaimed Cat's Cradle), but it was not until the publication of 1969's Slaughterhouse Five that Vonnegut achieved true literary stardom. Based on the author's wartime experiences in Dresden, the novel resonated powerfully in the social upheaval of the Vietnam era.

Although he is best known for his novels (a genre-blending mix of social satire, science fiction, surrealism, and black comedy), Vonnegut also wrote short fiction, essays, and plays (the best known of which was Happy Birthday, Wanda June). In addition, he was a talented graphic artist who illustrated many of his books and exhibited sporadically during his literary career. He died on April 11, 2007, after suffering irreversible brain injuries as a result of a fall.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Kurt Vonnegut
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 11, 1922
    2. Place of Birth:
      Indianapolis, Indiana
    1. Date of Death:
      April 11, 2007
    2. Place of Death:
      New York, New York

Customer Reviews

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    Makes you think

    I have to say this was interesting. It was my first read by Vonnegut and I do understand now why my son loves him.

    It's a short story about population control. For every child born that is going to live, a volunteer must die. Imagine what goes through a father's head when his wife is about to have triplets!

    I enjoyed it and it really makes me stop and think. I didn't think I would enjoy it and I was pleasantly surprised. I think I will give something else by this author a try.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    Quick, thought provoking read

    It's a short journey through the mind of three men and one government some may see as idealized. 10-15 minutes takes you through the thoughts of a new father, an artist, a doctor and the government they reside in.

    If you're not thinking by the end of this then you're either a) dead or b) too narrow minded to see the possibilities beyond your own beliefs.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014

    Imperator K

    Pads in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014

    Tito Stygian 璗

    The tom padded in, looking around.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    &oplus

    &otimes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Nitro

    *Drinking beer*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Priest meowfacer

    Because i dont know evrything there is

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Jakie sarah and talia

    Walk in wearing blue dresses. They sit in one pew silently

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Priest meowfacer

    Ok lets get this started well do this the easy way ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Beats

    Uh hy?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Beats

    Walks in

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Beats

    No its today now

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Blue lightning

    Sat. o3o

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Skylash

    "All right! Let's get this party started!" She flies in, nearly hitting the ceiling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    AL @ Flowerfilly

    NHU! DATS MAI JAWB!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Silverdream

    The silvery unicorn flips her short mane (which is difficult) and lifts up the rest if her friends with magicl

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Mipoeni

    "O-okay then..."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Sugarheart

    "Whee!" She happily bounces in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Blue lightning

    Stood of the the side, drinking a glass of cherry flavored ice water.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Blazin

    Where is the prep

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