Unstuck in Time

Unstuck in Time

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In Unstuck in Time, Gregory Sumner guides us, with insight and passion, through a biography of fifteen of Kurt Vonneguta€™s best known works, his fourteen novels starting with Player Piano (1952) all the way to an epilogue on his last book, A Man Without a Country (2005), to illustrate the quintessential American writera€™s profound engagement with the qAmerican Dreamq in its various forms. Sumner gives us a poignant portrait of Vonnegut and his resistance to celebrating the traditional values associated with the American Dream: grandiose ambition, unbridled material success, rugged individualism, and qwinnersq over qlosers.q Instead of a celebration of these values, we read and share Vonneguta€™s outrage, his brokenhearted empathy for those who struggle under the ethos of survival-of-the-fittest in the frontier mentalitya€”something he once memorably described as qan impossibly tough-minded experiment in loneliness.q Heroic and tragic, Vonneguta€™s novels reflect the pain of his own lifea€™s experiences, relieved by small acts of kindness, friendship, and love that exemplify another way of living, another sort of human utopia, an alternative American Dream, and the reason we always return to his books.Jones. I knewit. God help me, I carried out their instructions anyway. ... It could not bea€”and yet he accepted the story she told, woven on the same a€œcrazy looma€ of history that had produced his own remarkable journey. There was no need for.


Title:Unstuck in Time
Author: Gregory D. Sumner
Publisher:Seven Stories Press - 2011-11-08
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