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A Good Place To Start

Slaughterhouse Five 8
Cat's Cradle 4
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater 1
Galapagos 1

A Bad Place To Start

The Sirens of Titan 1
Galapagos 1
Timequake 1


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Kurt Vonnegut

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Marian January 27th, 2006 03:38 PM PST

"The Web Vonnegut" offers a list of his novels, essays, stories, articles, plus adaptations of his work, at http://www.vonnegutweb.com/vonnegutia/biblio.html .

nickyturnill May 29th, 2007 02:42 PM PST

Cat's Cradle is an amazing book. Slughterhouse Five is worth a read but I always personally thought it was a little over rated. Vonnegut's collection of short stories Welcome to the Monkey House is also exceptional. Don't bother with Timequake full stop.


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(From Wikipedia) Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was a prolific and genre-bending American novelist known for works blending satire, black comedy, and science fiction, such as Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), Cat's Cradle (1963), and Breakfast of Champions (1973).

Kurt Vonnegut was born to fourth-generation German-American parents, son and grandson of architects in the Indianapolis firm Vonnegut & Bohn, on Armistice Day. As a student at Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, Vonnegut worked on the nation's first daily high school newspaper, The Daily Echo. He attended Cornell University from 1941 to 1942, where he served as assistant managing editor and associate editor for the student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun, and majored in biochemistry. While attending Cornell, he was a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity, following in the footsteps of his father. While at Cornell, Vonnegut enlisted in the U.S. Army. The army sent him to the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) and the University of Tennessee to study mechanical engineering. On May 14, 1944, Mothers' Day, his mother, Edith S. (Lieber) Vonnegut, committed suicide.

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