Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Author, Peter Reed, Preface by Putnam Publishing Group $ (p) ISBN. Bagombo Snuff Box collects Vonnegut’s favourite stories from the postwar years that sharpened his dark, vaudevillian and quietly subversive voice. Here we see . Never-before-collected, vintage Vonnegut. “Bagombo Snuff Box resurrects Vonnegut’s earliest efforts, stories written during the fifties and.

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He attended Cornell University from towhere he wrote a column for the student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Short stories can have greatness, short as they have to be.

The plot starts when we meet a man, waiting in a room at the Chicago Lying-In Hospital. Including a great war story called “Souvenir” which is a stark story within a story of the chaos and randomness of war.

Bagombo Snuff Box by Kurt Vonnegut

View all 5 comments. The purpose of these stories is also very different from his full-length books. This collection opens with a preface by the author wondering why anyone would want to amass his early works in one book.

I felt moved, but scaried at the same time. I think “2BB” was the most indicative of Vonnegut’s later style.

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. It includes reflections on a time when more people read short stories though it seems steadily the same to me over the past decades, not as popular as novels, of course. Otherwise, they might never have seen the light of day again.


Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction

Cover twice as much scalp in half the time. No one else seems to pack such vitality into so few pages, and this collection really highlights his versatility. It’s the amazing science fiction story about the society in which people cannot age or die in a natural way, because these “diseases” are finally cured; but because of that, some indeterminate authorities are controlling the number of population in the US; the limit is 40 milion, and in order for someone to be born, someone must first volunteer to die.

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I wouldn’t recommend this book for entertainment as much as for insight into the writer Vonnegut would become. What a pessimistic outlook at our lives. Only after attempting to run away again and their parents acceptance of their relationship does the young couple decide that they are not ready for the relationship; they are too young.

Abgombo didn’t like ALL of the stories.

And we are as different as the heroes of these stories. They are meant to entertain Vonnegut’s introduction is instructive, I think, when he talks of the central tenets of writing that he taught in his creative writing course. Debs and a lifelong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Oct 16, Lull Wain rated it it was amazing. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them—in snuvf that the reader may see what they are made of. Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journali Kurt Vonnegut, Junior was an American novelist, satirist, and most recently, graphic artist.

bahombo Thanasphere and 2BRO2B are the only sci-fi entries. I might as well settle here as anywhere, since I haven’t very strong reasons for living in any particular part of the country. The anthological nature of Snuff Box also allows for easy occasional reading. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. And also with fellow for a time Chicagoan Ray Bradbury, though there are only two science fiction stories here.


There are no heroes or villains in this book but lots of bavombo men, misunderstood men, and presumptuous men.

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The introduction is about how he started to make money as a short story writer and was able to get out of working for General Electric.

There are also the classic Vonnegut love stories. Souvenir rings true as it is based on Mr. But there is no greatness in this or my other collection, nor was there meant to be. Some of them are extremely narrow-minded but come to realize and regret their own pettiness.

He was also learning his craft here. Triplets, if they were all to live, called for three volunteers. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

Having read Timequake a while back, I thought it was about time I read some more of Vonneguts work, this seemed to be a good place to start.