2016 Reading Challenge: Book 5

A Collection of short stories: Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut

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I am an avid lover of Vonnegut and this collection of his short stories did not disappoint. My father used to rave about how wonderful Vonnegut’s books were, and I, like a typical teenager ignored him. What could my father POSSIBLY know about literature! Then, for some unknown reason I decided to cave and read it during my senior year of college. I read Slaughterhouse V and it changed my life. Seriously. If you haven’t ever read it, I insist you go read it now and come back.

All set? OK. Let’s continue.

In general, I am not a fan of the short story. I prefer a novel because I like the depth a writer can get into with a novel, so I often shy away from short stories (with the exception of David Sedaris, another genius). However, this is Vonnegut we are talking about, so I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I would love these stories. They were, of course, beautifully written, hilarious and heartbreaking even with just a few pages per story. Vonnegut can do in a short story what some of the best authors can do with an entire novel. It’s part of what makes him, well…Vonnegut.

There were a few “classics” in this collection that I had read before and love dearly, but many stories I had never encountered before. I recommend this as an addition to any Vonnegut lover’s library. I’m sure you could track these stories down individually but it was great to have them all in one collection.

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