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Sucker's Portfolio Sucker s Portfolio is a collection of previously unpublished short fiction and essays by Kurt Vonnegut Published in 2012, this compilation features six short stories, an essay, and the beginning draft of a story that ends midway through a scene Several of the stories have the feel and tone of stories published in Welcome to the Monkey House, his collection of short stories published in 1968 Those stories were first written in the 50s and 60s, but I am unsure when the stories from Sucker s Por Sucker s Portfolio is a collection of previously unpublished short fiction and essays by Kurt Vonnegut Published in 2012, this compilation features six short stories, an essay, and the beginning draft of a story that ends midway through a scene Several of the stories have the feel and tone of stories published in Welcome to the Monkey House, his collection of short stories published in 1968 Those stories were first written in the 50s and 60s, but I am unsure when the stories from Sucker s Portfolio were written My favorite story was Paris, France which seems to pull together the charm, humor, and devilish powers of observation that Vonnegut used to mastery The Last Tasmanian a rambling essay about the sins of Western Civilization written in 1992 seems familiar to me, I may have read it in a magazine some time ago, but it served up a healthy portion of Vonnegut s acerbic wit and political cynicism The draft of the story Robotville and Mr Caslow showed promise, using themes similar to those from The Sirens of Titan Not his best, but like pizza and sex, less than best is still pretty good A true fan will smile and laugh and enjoy another visit with our favorite old mid western curmudgeon Available to readers for the first time, Sucker s Portfolio showcases a collection of seven never before published works from Kurt Vonnegut, one of the greatest writers of the th century Short, sardonic, and dark, these six brief fiction stories and one non fiction piece are consummate Vonnegut with piercing satire and an eye for life s obscene inanity Also available for the first time is an unfinished science fiction short story, included in the appendixThese stories trace trivial human lives and mundane desires, which is precisely where Vonnegut s inimitable perspective as a humanist shines, illuminating his alternating hopeful and dismal outlook, although undoubtedly focusing on the latter Here as in his greatest novels, Vonnegut s writing takes us to the darkest corners of the human soul and with wit and humor, manages to remind us of our potential to be something greater ❴Read❵ ➭ 101 Author Amrita Jhaveri – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Sucker s Portfolio showcases a collection of seven never before published works from Kurt Vonnegut ✻ [EPUB] ✰ Damn the School System--Full Speed Ahead! By Vearl G McBride ❅ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk one of the greatest writers of the th century Short ✅ Impressionist Quartet pdf ✈ Author Jeffrey Meyers – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk sardonic ❮Reading❯ ➿ Does Anyone Like Mondays? Author Eric D. Hart – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and dark ➾ [Download] ➾ Primal Hunger (Guardians By Valerie Twombly ➳ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk these six brief fiction stories and one non fiction piece are consummate Vonnegut with piercing satire and an eye for life s obscene inanity Also available for the first time is an unfinished science fiction short story [Download] ➸ No Nudity, Weapons or Naked Flames ➽ Donna Abela – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk included in the appendixThese stories trace trivial human lives and mundane desires [PDF / Epub] ☉ Peterkin Meets a Star By Emilie Boon – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk which is precisely where Vonnegut s inimitable perspective as a humanist shines [KINDLE] ❄ Angels Do Have Wings By Helen Brooks – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk illuminating his alternating hopeful and dismal outlook [Epub] ➞ My Stepdad, The Professor Author Mila Loveline – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk although undoubtedly focusing on the latter Here as in his greatest novels ❮BOOKS❯ ✯ So Brilliantly Clever Author Peter Graham – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Vonnegut s writing takes us to the darkest corners of the human soul and with wit and humor [PDF / Epub] ☉ Enterprise Resource Planning By Alexis Leon – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk manages to remind us of our potential to be something greater 4.5 stars I bloody loved this Knowing the last story was unfinished physically tugged on my heart, I want to know This is a collection of 6 fiction stories and 1 non fiction essay thatpublished in serial format under itsSerials imprint The appendix includes an unfinished science fiction story It s complete now, so buying it gets you a finished book Shorter than Vonnegut s other story collections, but as of this writing it s still 3 for 154 pages, so it s a good deal.I ve rated each story in the section below, but overall I d say there s enough strong material to be worth the asking pri This is a collection of 6 fiction stories and 1 non fiction essay thatpublished in serial format under itsSerials imprint The appendix includes an unfinished science fiction story It s complete now, so buying it gets you a finished book Shorter than Vonnegut s other story collections, but as of this writing it s still 3 for 154 pages, so it s a good deal.I ve rated each story in the section below, but overall I d say there s enough strong material to be worth the asking price Two out of eight things I really loved, another four I liked, and just two clunkers.Stories contained Between Timid and Timbuktu Okay, I guess It was a fast enough read It seems clear enough to me why it would make it this long without being published, it s a little rough and not quite fully formed C Rome Enjoyable story Vonnegut manages to use concise writing to make each of the characters interesting in a short amount of time Some good laugh lines B Eden by the River Shorter than the other two A very sweet tale about a boy and a girl A lot of good writing about feelings, and an ending that made me immediately go back to reread the beginning ASucker s Portfolio The title story of the collection is another good one Fascinating story told from the perspective of stock portfolio manager, which is not the kind of story you get all of the time The mystery elements are good, but the ending is a little sloppy BMiss Snow, You re Fired This one s a miss for me Plot by the numbers, characters that don t get the depth they did in the previous stories, and serious of the time sexism that just don t add up to something worth your time in 2012 DParis, France An interesting story about three couples of different generations that meet on a train to and from Paris Interesting turns for everyone involved and a very sweet ending B The Last Tasmanian This non fiction essay is worth the cost of admission for the entire collection Vonnegut moves through a series of topics as if he s just writing as it comes into his head, but it is fantastic, smart, and relevant It s mostly about Native Americans and Germans and Columbus and garbage day All seen through the prism of Vonnegut s amazing voice A Robotville and Mr Caslow I m torn about this one I m extremely happy that I got to read even some of this tale I m equally sad, though, because it is such a fantastic story that is cut off literally in the middle of a sentence, at what seems to be the key point in the narrative The second person doesn t do as much harm as you d think, and even in the short contents the world building is so detailed and fascinating B 4.5 stars.Maybe it s because I haven t read a book in four months.Maybe it s because it s Vonnegut.Whatever it is, this is one of those rare times where I really enjoyed a short story collection I m now realizing that, annoyingly , none of these never before published stories had a date of composition on them I only mention this because I guess I just assume they were all early works I mean, that makes sense since short stories represented KV s first foray into fiction and since literally any 4.5 stars.Maybe it s because I haven t read a book in four months.Maybe it s because it s Vonnegut.Whatever it is, this is one of those rare times where I really enjoyed a short story collection I m now realizing that, annoyingly , none of these never before published stories had a date of composition on them I only mention this because I guess I just assume they were all early works I mean, that makes sense since short stories represented KV s first foray into fiction and since literally anything he wrote post Slaughterhouse Five would have been published So assuming these are all precursors to Vonnegut s big works, it is just awesome to see nascent ideas that would come to beautifully dominate those big works In one story, he has the beginning of the Tralfamadorian concept of Time, just without his staple aliens themselves maybe he hadn t come up with an anagram for fatal dream at the time In another, he predicts his final complete novel, Timequake a personal favorite , in that characters prefer to go through life as unthinking robots on autopilot, so to speak Finally, other stories have characters that are too stock, beginnings that are trying too hard for a hook, and endings that are just blah And for me, those are some of the best it s like seeing an author develop his craft The writing may at times be clunky and the BIG ideas are just taking shape, but you just know that it s the kindling that will serve for a brilliant, blazing, beautiful conflagration People say you can t learn anything from social media, but I have learned from Goodreads about normal behavior, which otherwise exists in my life mostly as a rumor Specifically, I have learned that many people readthan one book at a time, apparently remembering each of them individually This strikes me as an intellectual feat on a par with Mr Memory in The 39 Steps , who amazed music hall audiences by recalling random facts, such as the distance between Winnipeg and Montreal, on demand People say you can t learn anything from social media, but I have learned from Goodreads about normal behavior, which otherwise exists in my life mostly as a rumor Specifically, I have learned that many people readthan one book at a time, apparently remembering each of them individually This strikes me as an intellectual feat on a par with Mr Memory in The 39 Steps , who amazed music hall audiences by recalling random facts, such as the distance between Winnipeg and Montreal, on demand I possess barely enough gray matter remaining in the old coconut to retain the ongoing action in a single book This is possibly a result of repeated exposures to the delightful chemical concoctions of the Jameson family of County Cork, or maybe it s just the run of the mill ravages of time Whatever the reason, I rarely assay a new book unless finished with the old one However, it is my strange and not unpleasant fate in life to be periodically served up with blocks of time of happy isolation in remote lands, freed from both the seemingly unbreakable din of popular culture e.g., the latest brayings of those who hope to grab political power as well as the tyrannical necessities of fashion e.g., having to wash one s own clothes In these happy moments, I am able to seize upon one of the many great doorstops of Western literature and plow through it, secure in the knowledge that, if any of the oxen I see daily get obstreperous, I possess the means to render the beast non compos mentis.But there are inevitably times when one cannot practically carry a volume such as the one I am working on now, whose main text is 980 pages, many of them without so much as a new paragraph indentation, followed by 100 pages of 8 point digressive footnotes that would have Natty Bumppo reaching for the Visine At these moments, it is fine to have a book like Sucker s Portfolio you see now I actually am going to get to the point someday on hand, waiting patiently on the tiny e gadget of choice in your pocket to be produced in hotel bars and airport waiting areas to spare you the horrifying possibility of conversation with others Since the contents of Sucker s Portfolio are largely not entirely short fiction, it can be picked up and abandoned at will The contents of the stories are by far from the author s best, which is probably the reason none of them saw the light of day until the literary executors determined it was time to get the last few drops of blood out of the turnip.I don t mind reading minor works by well known writers for many reasons, among them it s reassuring knowing that even the well regarded had off days, it s interesting to compare the best work by a writer with less than best what works what doesn t why , sometimes a writer revealsin failure than success Also, the lightweight nature of the book and its contents allow you to quickly return and incoming mixed metaphor plow the needed furrows in whatever literary doorstop has currently caught your fancy.I enjoy reading the opinions of others here at Goodreads Just as I sometimes do in many areas of endeavor in real life, I find the judgment of other readers inexplicable In this case, I felt that the long non fiction piece The Last Tazmanian was by far the weakest piece on the book, although many others stopped to praise it in these electronic pages In my opinion, this essay is the sort of prolonged old codger get off of my lawn cane on the floor banging that well regarded writers tend to indulge in when they are well after their prime and the world continues to spin off on its disastrous course with supreme indifference to the distinguished career of the writer It s actually an embarrassment to read even if especially if you agree with the opinions expressed therein about Christopher Columbus, the sad fate of indigenous peoples, the pernicious effect of television, and other topics I can imagine Vonnegut looking at this essay and saying What a mess I ll put this in the bottom drawer and see if I can improve it in a few months , but never quite getting back to it.It s a shame that there isn t anyinformation in the book or as far as I can tell online about when the fiction might have been written the reader is left to guess by piecing together clues from the make of cars and type of telephones, for example, the characters are using It s my guess that most of the stories including the unfinished fragment at the end came from the pen of a much younger writer They arecheerful, vigorous, and straightforward than the cranky 1992 essay Some readers here complained that they are dated , which I think might be some sort of codeword I have not noticed previously for views in Vonnegut s case, about women OK at the time but now considered unsuitable the views, not the women Since I was not expecting a model of enlightened thought, I guess it didn t bother me much, but then again it might have had I been a member of the group being represented in a manner which might charitably be called unflattering , but also could be accurately called insulting.I got this ebook for 1.99 as a Kindle Daily Deal, and I have noticed that on.com, as elsewhere in life, what goes around comes around, meaning, if you are willing to check back nearly every day like a little lambkin, it may return to Daily Deal dom and you might be able to pick it up cheap, too If, like me, you are a practicing cheapstake, it is worth the effort I haven t read much Kurt Vonnegut yet, though I m trying to rectify that So far, I ve just read Slaughterhouse Five, though I have a bunchof his books on the endless to read list This particular book was free to borrow on the Kindle, and who doesn t love free This was an interesting collection of stories I liked most of them and thought one or two were duds, but overall they didn t blow me away.However, the final non fiction essay that blew me away It was absolutely brilliant and m I haven t read much Kurt Vonnegut yet, though I m trying to rectify that So far, I ve just read Slaughterhouse Five, though I have a bunchof his books on the endless to read list This particular book was free to borrow on the Kindle, and who doesn t love free This was an interesting collection of stories I liked most of them and thought one or two were duds, but overall they didn t blow me away.However, the final non fiction essay that blew me away It was absolutely brilliant and made me want to readof his rants Do these exist I found myself nodding and highlighting passage after passage I think the book is worth it for this essay alone.I would have rated this 3 stars, but bumped up to 4 just for this essay.Completely forgot to mention the unfinished scifi story at the end there was definitely some great build up and I wish we had gotten to read the entire thing Bunch of my favorite highlights all from the non fiction essay We like to pretend that so many important discoveries have been made on a certain day, unexpectedly, by one person rather than by a system seeking such knowledge, I think, because we hope that life is like a lottery, where simply anyone can come up with a winning ticket Paul of Tarsus, after all, became the leading theologian of Christianity in a flash, while on the road to Damascus, didn t he Newton, after being hit on the head by an apple, was able to formulate a law of gravity, wasn t he Darwin, while idly watching finches during a brief stopover on the Gal pagos Islands during a voyage around the world, suddenly came up with a theory of evolution, didn t he Who knows Tomorrow morning, some absolute nobody, maybe you or I, might fall into an open manhole, and return to street level with a concussion and a cancer cure.Our friend Kirkpatrick concludes in his book that Europeans came ashore in what they dimly realized was the land of Paradise but all they ever found was half a world of nature s treasures and nature s people that could be taken, and they took them, never knowing, never learning the true regenerative power there, and that opportunity was lost Theirs was indeed a conquest of Paradise, but as is inevitable with any war against the world of nature, those who win will have lost once again lost, and this time perhaps foreverBehind every great fortune lies a great crime, said Balzac, alluding to European aristocrats who imagined themselves to be descended from anything other than sociopaths Count Dracula comes to mind Yes, and the coinage of every Western Hemisphere nation might well be stamped with Balzac s words, to remind even the most recent arrivals here from the other half of the planet, perhaps Vietnamese, that they are legatees of maniacs like Columbus, who slit the noses of Indians, poked out their eyes, cut off their ears, burned them alive, and so on.Another native German Heinrich, Heinrich B ll, a great writer, and I became friends even though we had once been corporals in opposing armies I asked him once what he believed to be the basic flaw in the character of Germans, and he replied obedience When I consider the ghastly orders obeyed by underlings of Columbus, or of Aztec priests supervising human sacrifices, or of senile Chinese bureaucrats wishing to silence unarmed, peaceful protesters in Tiananmen Square only three years ago as I write, I have to wonder if obedience isn t the basic flaw in most of humankind.When I was in Sicily, accepting a prize for my book Gal pagos, which argued that human beings were such terrible animals because their brains were too big, everyone was suddenly talking about a story that had just appeared in the papers and on TV It said that American troops with bulldozers had buried alive thousands of Iraqi soldiers in tunnels where they were hiding from our shells and bombs and rockets I answered without hesitation that American soldiers could not be found who would do a thing that heartless Wrong again.So the wake of North American TV is something like the wake of a bulldozer, in which everything has been made nice and neat, dead level and lifeless and featureless But a better analogue of TV s wake in the space time continuum is a black hole into which even the greatest crimes and stupidities, and indeed whole continents, if need be, can be made to disappear from our consciousness.Let us give poor old Columbus a rest He was a human being of his times, and aren t we all We are all so often bad news for somebody else.But TV is making the weapons disappear by having us look elsewhere.Back then, I still believed, as I do not believe nowadays, that the human condition was improving despite such heavy casualties We are incorrigibly the nastiest of all animals, as our history attests, and that is that. My first taste of Vonnegut I am feeling Luke warm about this I didn t have strong opinions really Sort of good Sort of meh Wouldn t avoid books by Vonnegut in the future but I also would not seek them out Yeah Just kind of meh. My five star ace forever and ever The previously unpublished stories are fine, but the stand out is the essay, The Last Tasmanian, which is classic Vonnegut through and through and worth the read alone.


About the Author: Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Kurt Vonnegut, Junior was an American novelist, satirist, and most recently, graphic artist He was recognized as New York State Author for 2001 2003 He was born in Indianapolis, later the setting for many of his novels He attended Cornell University from 1941 to 1943, where he wrote a column for the student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journalist before joining the U.S Army and serving in World War II After the war, he attended University of Chicago as a graduate student in anthropology and also worked as a police reporter at the City News Bureau of Chicago He left Chicago to work in Schenectady, New York in public relations for General Electric He attributed his unadorned writing style to his reporting work His experiences as an advance scout in the Battle of the Bulge, and in particular his witnessing of the bombing of Dresden, Germany whilst a prisoner of war, would inform much of his work This event would also form the core of his most famous work, Slaughterhouse Five, the book which would make him a millionaire This acerbic 200 page book is what most people mean when they describe a work as Vonnegutian in scope Vonnegut was a self proclaimed humanist and socialist influenced by the style of Indiana s own Eugene V Debs and a lifelong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union.The novelist is known for works blending satire, black comedy and science fiction, such as Slaughterhouse Five 1969 , Cat s Cradle 1963 , and Breakfast of Champions 1973


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