By Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
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“[This] will be as shut as Vonnegut ever involves a memoir.”
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“Like [that of] his literary ancestor Mark Twain, [Kurt Vonnegut’s] crankiness is good-humored and sharp-witted. . . . [Reading A guy with no Country is] like sitting down at the sofa for an extended chat with an outdated friend.”
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In a quantity that's penetrating, introspective, incisive, and laugh-out-loud humorous, one of many nice males of letters of this age–or any age–holds forth on existence, paintings, intercourse, politics, and the country of America’s soul. From his coming of age in the United States, to his formative conflict reports, to his lifestyles as an artist, this can be Vonnegut doing what he does top: Being himself. Whimsically illustrated by means of the writer, A guy with no Country is intimate, smooth, and brimming with the scope of Kurt Vonnegut’s passions.
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“Thank God, Kurt Vonnegut has damaged his promise that he'll by no means write one other ebook. during this wondrous assemblage of mini-memoirs, we find his family’s legacy and his obstinate, retro humanism.”
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