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Sun Moon Star by Kurt Vonnegut

Sun Moon Star

by Kurt Vonnegut

Other authors: Ivan Chermayeff (Illustrator)

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Celebrated adult novelist Kurt Vonnegut turns to the story of the Nativity in this single children's story in his body of work, chronicling the experiences of the Creator of the Universe on the first day of its existence as a human being. Although Vonnegut never uses the names Jesus or Christ, he does use the names Joseph and Mary, and sets his story in the traditional stable, making it absolutely clear which narrative he is seeking to tell.

An extended meditation on the changing perceptions of the Creator, now that it is in human form, and must rely on the limited eyes of a newborn baby, Sun Moon Star was originally published in 1980, was out of print for many years, and then was reprinted in this new edition by Seven Stories Press in 2016. I am amused to see that some online reviews have criticized Ivan Chermayeff's illustrations, finding them ill-suited to Vonnegut's story, as the story was originally written by Vonnegut as a response to the artwork, which came first. Obviously, Vonnegut thought that this was just the story to pair with these visuals! Leaving that aside, I found the story itself quite thought-provoking, and really enjoyed this non-traditional take on the idea of a divine being coming into the world as a mortal one. Recommended to Kurt Vonnegut fans, and to anyone looking for a different take on the Nativity story. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Feb 3, 2017 |
The christmas story told in a very special way ( )
  basvat | Mar 30, 2009 |
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When the Creator of the universe came to Earth, It resolved to be born a male human infant, and this is what It saw when It opened Its eyes.

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