[a Novel]

Book - 2011
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Broad humor and bitter irony collide in this fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, who, at age seventy-one, wants to be left alone on his Long Island estate with the secret he has locked inside his potato barn. But then a voluptuous young widow badgers Rabo into telling his life story-and Vonnegut in turn tells us the plain, heart-hammering truth about man ?s careless fancy to create or destroy what he loves.
Publisher: New York : Dial Press Trade Paperbacks, 2011
Edition: Dial Press Trade Pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780385333511
Branch Call Number: F VON NVD
Characteristics: 318 p. ; 22 cm


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Jun 01, 2011

All the returning veterans in the movies are our age or older," he said. That was true. In the movies you seldom saw the babies who had done most of the heavy fighting on the ground in the war. "Yes--" I said, "and most of the actors in the movies never even went to war. They came home to the wife and kids and swimming pool after every grueling day in front of the cameras, after firing off blank cartridges while men all around them were spitting catsup." "That's what the young people will think our war was fifty years from now," said Kitchen, "old men and blanks and catsup." So they would. So they do. "Because of the movies," he predicted, "nobody will believe that it was babies who fought the war.

Jun 01, 2011

I had made her so unhappy that she developed a sense of humor, which she certainly didn't have when I married her.

Jun 01, 2011

Never trust a survivor," my father used to warn me, with Vartan Mamigonian in mind, "until you find out what he did to stay alive.


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