Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus

by Kurt Vonnegut

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425161296
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 197,111
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kurt Vonnegut, one of the most acclaimed American writers of the past century, died in New York City on April 11, 2007. He was the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels, including such literary classics as Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat’s Cradle and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. Penguin Group (USA) was fortunate to publish several of Mr. Vonnegut’s books, including the novels Timequake and Hocus Pocus as well as a collection of short fiction, Bagombo Snuff Box.

Date of Birth:

November 11, 1922

Date of Death:

April 11, 2007

Place of Birth:

Indianapolis, Indiana

Place of Death:

New York, New York

Education:

Cornell University, 1940-42; Carnegie-Mellon University, 1943; University of Chicago, 1945-47; M.A., 1971

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Hocus Pocus 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very funny. Classic Vonnegut. The tale is appealing in the sense of plot, but also has a meaning. Great for a Vonnegut fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm new to the world of Vonnegut; this is the fourth book I've read in his novel panoply. Hocus-Pocus is brilliant and darkly humorous. It's the autobiography of Eugene Debs Hartke, a Vietnam vet who is embroiled in the siege of a community college at the hands of escaped convicts. This is the typical Kurt Vonnegut novel, filled with biting sarcasm and gallows humor. I highly recommend this one-- it's hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thus a good book
ndolson on LibraryThing 28 days ago
My favorite of all of his works. If you are a Vonnegut fan then this is a must read.
mermania27 on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Interesting. Fun. And best of all...bizarre. R.I.P. Kurt, your readers miss you.
gwoodrow on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Hocus Pocus introduced me to many various now-familiar aspects of KV's writing. The many colorful characters, the unimpressive schlub protagonists who are in so many ways their own antagonists, the incredibly intriguing and imaginative scenes that he paints so effortlessly (a child in Hiroshima who bends over to pick up a ball in a ditch feels a woosh of warm air across his back as he does so, then stands up to see a wasteland of devastation from a nuclear bomb), the witticisms that could and should be taken as genuine advice ("profanity and obscenity entitle people who don't want unpleasant information to close their ears and eyes to you"), all marinated in his own distinct brand of humor.I was a late-comer to Vonnegut, this being the first book I read by him. I finished it roughly a month before his death, and it saddened me to have discovered such an amazing author so near his twilight. I was saddened still more by reaching backwards through his career, and in doing so I gained some good perspective for my review of this book.Hocus Pocus was, to me, infinitely better than the average dreck you might pick up in the bookstore. I think it would hold its own against most of of the top ten bestsellers at any given moment (for the thoughtful reader, not necessarily for the airplane readers). But I've learned from what little I've started to explore of his older books that Hocus Pocus is really just average for Vonnegut. Yes, this is average for him. This is homeostasis. This is no insult at all. His average is still so very much better than most books out there. But seeing as how it's his average, I'd say it's a great place to start in on his writing. This book is a great way for any curious reader to introduce themselves to Vonnegut. No need to throw yourselves into his greatest hits right away. I personally don't think you can go wrong picking up anything by the man.
rcooper3589 on LibraryThing 28 days ago
the more vonnegut i read, the more i enjoy him! i have to admit, however, i don't always get 100% of the satire and refrences- but i got enough of it to understand most of it! i liked how i never really knew where the story was going and how it kept me on my toes. this is one of his newer novels, but it still had the same great story telling. i really liked the ending- it was well deserved and left me satisfied. (and i love how both john irving and joseph heller are quoted on the cover!- you know it's a good book when two of your favorite authors say so!!!)
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