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AMan Without A Country
By: Kurt Vonnegut

I second the notion of Studs Terkel when he says " Thank God, Kurt Vonnegut has broken his promise that he will never write another book." Kurt Vonnegut's latest book and possibly his last(I hope not) is a great read. In fact I read the whole book all the way through and then have since gone back and read random sections just because it is so sincere and enjoyable to read. A man without a Country is more of a stream of thoughts, almost like a personal journal of Kurt's musings. He doesn't have to write this book, he has made his mark already in literature, but yet here it is. In a nutshell Kurt writes in a very conversational tone that almost any level of reader would understand, yet what he talks about is profound in a way that you almost don't notice it. He talks about art, literature, politics, religion, history, humanity and Humanism, to mention some of the big ones.

Kurt is at the end of his life and has pretty much given up on humanity. Sounds pessimistic, yet the book is not. He compares his views and thoughts with his personal heroes like Abraham Lincoln and Mark Twain. Mark Twain incidentally had pretty much "given up" on his fellow man at the end of his life as well, and that was pre WW1. Kurt Vonnegut candidly talks about himself and the world at large and all the while cracking jokes.

One of my most favorite parts to the book is the small section on humanism. Most people that you ask don't really know what Humanism is, nor did I. Kurt Vonnegut describes it simple terms that makes allot of sense. "do you know what a humanist is? My parents and grandparents were humanists, what used to be called free thinkers. So as a humanist I am honoring my ancestors which the Bible says is a good thing to do. We humanists try to behave as decently, as fairly, and as honorably as we can without any expectation of rewards or punishments in an afterlife." He goes on to pose another important question: " How do humanists feel about Jesus? I say of Jesus, as all humanists do, " If what he said is good , and so much of it is absolutely beautiful, what does it matter if he was God or not?"

I can't say enough about this great little book, other than read it , then read it again.

  - Book Reviewed by Search Scribe Book Snob Team-







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