Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Review: Bluebeard

Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An unbelievably sly book that manages to tie things together quite well. The final description of the mystery in the barn (no spoilers!) is fantastic and so satisfying. Like most Vonnegut, this book meanders but it seems much more in control (perhaps because it’s a late-career work?) than, say, BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS.

A wonderful book and one that would fit quite nicely as a follow up read to SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE, if you’re someone who has just discovered KV. MOTHER NIGHT is another great read but I’d rank this one a bit higher in terms of enjoyability. Funny, smart, merges art and WWII and self-pity and all sorts of great stuff.

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