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Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut

Hocus Pocus (original 1990; edition 1991)

by Kurt Vonnegut

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Title:Hocus Pocus
Authors:Kurt Vonnegut
Info:Berkley (1991), Paperback
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Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut (1990)



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This is first person account of a fairly ordinary sap caught up in a series of events. The outlook is cynical, the main character is uninspiring, but there is a certain charm here. The main question of the book, which is never directly stated, seems to be something like, "Why do people continually have to be so stupid?" ( )
  DLMorrese | Oct 14, 2016 |
As a long- term Vonnegut fan, I tried this work as an audiobook, but found it a difficult experience. (In fact, I couldn't make it through the first cassette tape). The content seemed cliché- ridden, and if ironic humor and satire was intended by the author, it didn't come through via the narrator's matter-of-fact reading of the text. In addition, the formatting of this particular audio cassette version (by "Brilliance Audio") requires the listener to channel the sound through a single speaker (since the cassettes were double-recorded to save space)... and sound from the other track leaked through as a constant distraction. I will try reading this book in print version; perhaps that's a more enjoyable experience. ( )
3 vote danielx | Jun 4, 2016 |
A Vietnam vet writes an odd, disjointed memoir. As in other Vonnegut novels, the story jumps around in time, focused on one slightly anti-establishment man in his later years who observes the world around him with a slightly alien gaze. I wasn’t too impressed with this one; there’s no plot, of course, and I didn’t like the main character or want to read about him. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
One of KV's last novels, but still on his game. Amazing, 40 years of writing, and the brilliant imagination was still there. Japanese corporations running overcrowded prisons, etc... "Just because some of us can read and write and do a little math, that doesn't mean we deserve to conquer the universe." ( )
  BooksForDinner | Jan 21, 2016 |
"Thank you for sharing that with me" -- reply to the Hiroshi, the warden of the private prison, who wanted his neighbor to know that he survived Hiroshima. He got out of a ditch and nobody was alive but him. [320]. And of course, there was the showing of the Rape of Nanking films to the inmates. A fascinating dystopia of many-layered realities.
Written from snippets, caught communications on cards, pieces of re-purposed paper. And filled with wisdom and a "story". Like the Quran.
The author says "profanity and obscenity entitle people who don't want unpleasant information to close their ears and eyes to you." [4]
And "Why argue somebody else out of the expectation of some sort of Afterlife?" Really, why? Has anyone's expectation of eternity caused any actual harm to other than them? The book is a wonderful explanation of how an ordinary man, only slightly well-graced and achieved, managed to become powerless and despised. ( )
  keylawk | Jan 20, 2015 |
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Tarkington College, a small, exclusive college in upstate New York, is turned upside down when ten thousand prisoners from the maximum security prison across Lake Mohiga break out and head for the college.

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