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Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction (original 1999; edition 1999)

by Kurt Vonnegut

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Never-before-collected, vintage Vonnegut. Vonnegut said that his last book, Timequake (1997), would be his last, but no one as imaginative and in love with language and story can resist the lure of the page, and it's obvious that he had a grand time working on this collection of his vintage stories. Bagombo Snuff Box resurrects Vonnegut's earliest efforts, stories written during the fifties and sixties for such popular venues as The Saturday Evening Post and Collier's. In his engagingly autobiographical introduction, Vonnegut describes his stints as a Chicago journalist and PR man for General Electric in Schenectady, New York; his decision to supplement his income by writing; and his rapid success and evolution into a full-time writer. So, here are his literary roots, a set of stories that reflects their era's eagerness to turn the horrors of war into anecdote and to equate technology with progress. Unabashedly fablelike, they can be either sly or sweet, sentimental or vaudevillian, but all are quietly subversive. ... Rich in low-key humor and good old-fashioned morality, Vonnegut's stories are both wily and tender.… (more)
Title:Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction
Authors:Kurt Vonnegut
Info:Putnam Adult (1999), Hardcover, 295 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:First Edition, Collected Short Stories, Literature

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Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction by Kurt Vonnegut (1999)



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Currently re-reading this and enjoying every little one. ( )
  xntrek | Apr 3, 2018 |
I'm not usually a short story guy but I love Vonnegut. Actually, I think his short stories are better than his long form. However, this collection gathered from magazines published early in his carrier was not his top notch work. I wouldn't recommend it as an introduction to Vonnegut short stories but it is a very enjoyable read. ( )
  ZephyrusW | Jan 25, 2018 |
Pick up this collection of short stories and you'll get to travel back several decades while inside of Kurt Vonnegut's bizarre imagination. It's a long strange trip through 23 previously unpublished stories. The stories in the collection were written shortly after he left his PR job at General Electric, back in the 1950's. That was a time when the nation's magazines provided a ready market for short stories, allowing Vonnegut to begin to make a living off of his creative writing. His rich and fertile imagination gives this collection a wonderful variety. Some of the social and sexual attitudes are dated, but the prices that past for outrageously expensive in the 50's are so very comical now—just imagine $100,000 mansions and rare expensive sports cars for $5,651!

Reading Bagombo Snuff Box brought memories flooding back of studying in college and using Vonnegut to "air out my mind" between reading Hegel and Marx. While it's guaranteed that Vonnegut fans will find some new favorite stories, all readers should know that it's impossible to traverse this fertile 23-step path without appreciating this writer's mind and his humorous imagination. You owe yourself some Vonnegut.

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  jphamilton | Jul 27, 2014 |
These are Vonnegut's first published works, so obviously some of them lack a little polish. Still, many of them are recognizable as Vonnegut stories. At the end in the Afterword he has some great insight into the writing world (still true about 20 years later) and the Midwest. (Yay, Midwesterners!) ( )
  ptdilloway | Nov 21, 2013 |
Not your typical Vonnegut - but then again short stories aren't really his thing ... ( )
  beebowallace | Jun 30, 2013 |
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