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Bluebeard (1987)

by Kurt Vonnegut

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Autobiographical sketch of Rabo Karabekian who hides a secret in his barn ( )
  JackSweeney | Jan 15, 2017 |
Not one of Vonnegut's best, owing to the fact that painter Rabo Karabekian isn't nearly as interesting as, for say, writer Kilgore Trout. It does have one of my favorite Vonnegut lines, however: "What kind of man would turn his daughter into an outboard motor." Or something like that. ( )
  datrappert | Oct 22, 2016 |
What a piece of late 20th century American literature! An acclaimed artist lives long enough to see his paintings start to disappear - literally. His pioneering technique also causes the paint to fade in 20 years. And he has to live with that. ( )
  LauraCerone | May 26, 2016 |
Rabo Karabekian, now 71 and living alone with his accidental wealth in his deceased wife's family manor in Long Island, was once an abstract expressionist, but an artist without soul, in his opinion. He also has a fabulous art collection, much of it done by friends he once knew "I may have been a lousy painter, but what a collector I turned out to be!"

A widow novelist, Circe Berman, comes into his life and attempts to get Rabo to live again. He also has a secret locked away in a barn on his property, which Circe, and many other people want to discover.

Vonnegut masterfully toggles between the present and past as Rabo tells his own history as a boy in California, an apprentice to a great artist, a soldier in WWII and later an artist himself, and also the story of his Armenian parents and how they came to America.

A beautiful book. ( )
  Hagelstein | Apr 11, 2016 |
This is probably my favorite Vonnegut novel. It is his most mainstream, the one that most closely follows the traditional model. But I think it's also Vonnegut at his most powerful, because it's Vonnegut at his most hopeful.

Bluebeard is about an artist named Rabo Karabekian's whose life, like his art, has completely fallen apart. The novel functions as his memoir, which he doesn't want to write. But as the novel progresses, Rabo discovers that he has more to say. He make a form of peace with his past, and he takes a step forward in a way Vonnegut's characters rarely do. ( )
1 vote jscape2000 | Nov 5, 2014 |
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There may be greater noevelists than Vonnegut, but there can be a few, if any, with as much good humour and generorisy. His long-standing affection for his fellow science-fiction writers, a clan still beyond the pale of polite society - 'I love you crazy sons of bitches,' he told them in 'God Bless You, Mr Rosewater' - now extends to the whole human race, whose members also sit well below the salt but, in Vonnegut's eyes, display the same innocence, feckless enthusiasms and general tendency to trip over the furniture.
 

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Having written "The End" to this story my life, I find it prudent to scamper back here to before the beginning, to my front door, so to speak, and to make this apology to arriving guests: "I promised you an autobiography, but something went wrong in the kitchen."
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 038533351X, Paperback)

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.

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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"--Cover.… (more)

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