Critical Companion to Kurt Vonnegut: A Literary Reference to by Susan Farrell

By Susan Farrell

This source offers a competent, updated, and encyclopedic resource of data on Vonnegut's existence and paintings for top tuition and college-level scholars, academics, libraries, and most of the people.

Show description

Read or Download Critical Companion to Kurt Vonnegut: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work PDF

Best encyclopedias & subject guides books

Worldmark encyclopedia of religious practices - Countries A-L

With modifying and writing through a global workforce of top students in faith, comparative faith, heritage, anthropology, and different issues, the essays and entries during this three-volume reference are of top of the range and also are obtainable to the undergraduate pupil and common reader. quantity 1 comprises thirteen essays at the world's significant religions, with dialogue in their historical past, perform, and their greatest offshoots.

For Love of the World: Essays on Nature Writers

Essays learn the character writings of such participants as John Muir, Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Henry Beston, Loren Eiseley, Richard Nelson, and Barry Lopez.

Religion for dummies

Faith For Dummies explains how the world's nice religions solution questions that persist via generations. Authors Rabbi Marc Gellman and Monsignor Thomas Hartman are depended on spiritual advisors often called the God Squad. With brilliant wit and excellent knowledge, they host a regular speak express which reaches approximately four million houses within the ny quarter, and feature seemed on quite a few television and radio exhibits.

Additional info for Critical Companion to Kurt Vonnegut: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work

Example text

When the family turns to Laird to respond, he rushes out of the house and departs in his waiting taxi. The story closes with Laird back in his hotel room that night, calling his second wife, Selma, on the phone. Readers find out that Laird is, in fact, a traveling salesman who lives a staid middle-class existence in a subdivision in Levittown, New York, with his wife and several children. COMMENTARY Levittown, New York, where readers discover that Eddie Laird actually lives at the end of the story, was the first mass-produced American suburb, built mostly between 1947 and 1951, although officially finished in 1958.

Clearly, the characters feel hemmed in by their ordinary, domestic lives and long for adventure and romance. Amy is reluctant 26 “Bagombo Snuff Box” to invite Eddie Laird to her home because “the house is a horror” and she’s “a witch” (171). She worries that such a visit will be a “hideous letdown” for someone who has traveled “from Ceylon by way of Baghdad, Rome, and New York” (171). Harry, too, seems to become increasingly dissatisfied with his very ordinary life as he listens to Eddie’s wild tales.

Dr. Powers is the young, tired, redheaded doctor who delivers the Knechtmann’s new son. He initially gets Mrs. Knechtmann mixed up with Mrs. Sousa and seems too weary to recognize the miracle that the birth represents to the Knechtmanns. Soldier In the hospital lobby, Heinz Knechtmann sees a soldier making a call home to inform his family of the baby his wife just gave birth to. Heinz longs to make a call as well, but his own family is gone, killed by the Nazis during the war. Sousa, Mr. Mr. Sousa is a Chicago man at the same lying-in hospital as the Knechtmanns.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.33 of 5 – based on 45 votes