9.03.2005

Review: A Man Without a Country



A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut

Vonnegut certainly does the Hoosier State proud. :-)

In this, a new collection of mini-memoirs written over the last five years, Vonnegut talks about age, politics, the way we treat the earth, Dubya, being a Luddite and more. As always, he is erudite and informative, while being imminently readable and funny.

Of course, the fact that he worships librarians on page 102 doesn't hurt. ;-)

While on the subject of burning books, I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength, their powerful political connections or great wealth, who, all of this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and destroyed records rather than have to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.
So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House, the Supreme Court, the Senate, the House of Representatives, or the media. The America I loved still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.


Thanks, Kurt. We love you too.

This is a great read - read it!

1 comment:

KY said...

Saw him last night on the daily show. Have always loved Kurt's writings and views. He was eloquent last night - full of his usual black humour - but -- you saw hesitations in him that cited time...He's the faves - that's fer surely.