: Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction (): Kurt Vonnegut: Books. Never-before-collected, vintage Vonnegut. “Bagombo Snuff Box resurrects Vonnegut’s earliest efforts, stories written during the fifties and. Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Author, Peter Reed, Preface by Putnam Publishing Group $ (p) ISBN.

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In it, he talks about the origins of this collection, about his checkered life and literary baggombo, and about the present times which was so different and so similar to the times he wrote about. I discovered Vonnegut when I was around 12 or He had nothing but the bittersweet, almost formless longings of youth. Customers who bought this item also bought.

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Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. But these year-old stories can still tell the reader a lot about America in the ‘s, and can tell any prospective writer a lot about how to craft a short story. A few of the stories are very dated, which in a way makes them kind kutt humorous today.

Read more Read less. Wehling’s wife is about to give him triplets. Thanasphere and 2BRO2B are the only sci-fi entries.

Short stories can have a greatness, if they’re short enough and great enough in their shortness. Don’t have a Snutf These rare, rediscovered tales give us a glimpse into a more innocent America — and into the developing genius of one of the greatest writers of our time. It is early Vonnegut and definitely not his best, but if you like the man as the writer he became, then it’s probably worth reading.

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Before the Golden Age of magazines drew to a close half a century ago, a young PR man at General Electric sold his first short story to one of the doomed publications. And some are bittersweet – a man attempts to pawn a wartime souvenir, a school ba I guess Vonnegut is known mostly for his novels, but I’ve always been a big fan of his short fiction. Kurt never fails to entertain and to make one think.


The theme of misunderstanding — between fathers and sons, wives and husbands, teachers and students — runs through the stories like a binding thread.

They’re interesting as a perspective on this era, when “serious” literary authors, or at least burgeoning ones, wrote for magazines, as well as writing full-length novels. All the human foibles — greed, vanity, ambition, envy, misplaced loyalties — and all the vulnerabilities — loneliness, ignorance, shyness — are bared to the readers. Please try again later. No stories deal with a female protagonist, and most males on display are so life-like and pathetic, it hurts to read about them.

Get two stories in and you can tell that he was in his writing infancy. She lives on that way. Vonnegut cuts me to the quick in his stories, touching upon the questions I’m scared of or fascinated by, and even if I vonneguh understand or feel a little bored, I love all of “Bagombo Snuff Box” and I give 5 stars for his undeniable gift. In this case, Vonnegut is telling the truth.

This collection although just thrown together vonneyut this book, oddly has a recurring theme throughout. I instantly fell in love with every single one of his books I could get my hands on. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

If nothing else, do it for the space ghosts. I think anyone who liked his writing will find this book worthwhile. I didn’t like ALL of the stories. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. A great collection snurf all his early short stories which had been published in various American literary magazines over the years, it’s a wonderful insight into his beginnings of a novelist.


It’s a great way to lose your forward motion. One of these is that the audience should be able to expect what will happen next, because the plot is logical and the characters understandable.

Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction

That story is called 2BRO2B. Including a bagomo war story called “Souvenir” which is a stark story within a story of the chaos and randomness of war.

View all 11 comments. Vonnegut was a self-proclaimed humanist and socialist influenced by the style of Indiana’s own Eugene V. Still, many of them are recognizable as Vonnegut stories. Write to please just one person.

Ray missed the boat about how many screens would be required for a successful people-transplant. Also, to be clear, my one-star rating is relative: All of them was initially published in the s, but they didn’t appear in Vonnegut’s previous collection, “Welcome to the Monkey House”.

Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action. Vonnegut is the master of short forms. A Present for Big Saint Nick is partially redeemed by being just nasty enough at the end. And Franklin had no such passion-for the theater or anything else. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Like other stories, his vision of love and relationships have a twist. Pages with related products. Anyway, I won’t ever be able to write such stories like even the worse of Vonnegut’s things, so yes, the book was amazing.

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