- Hocus Pocus
- Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
- 22 September 2020
Summary Hocus Pocus
Download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ½ Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ½ 0 Read Characters ¼ Hocus Pocus Alternative cover of this ISBN here Hocus Pocus is the fictional autobiography of a West Point graduate who was in charge of the humiliating evacuation of US personnel from the Saigon rooftops at the close of the Vietnam War Returning home from the war he unknowingly fathered an illegitimate son In 2001 the son begins a search for his father and catches up with him just in time to see him arrested for masterminding the prison break of 10000 convicts Using his famous brand of satire and wit Vonnegut captures twenty first century America as only he could foresee it In Hocus Pocus listeners will find a fresh novel as fascinating and brilliantly offbeat. The excrement has hit the air conditioning big timeWhile I found Kurt Vonnegut s Hocus Pocus interesting this might well be my least favorite Vonnegut book Our protagonist Eugene Debs Hartke is named for the political activitist Eugene Debs and anti war Senator Vance Hartke Debs most famous uote while there is a lower class I am in it and while there is a criminal element I am of it and while there is a soul in prison I am not free appears numerous times in the book As he awaits trial Hartke admits that he is nothing like his namesakes He s a Vietnam War vet and college professor who gets into trouble for his views on history and apocalyptic events Like Mother Night this novel is a sort of confession from our protagonist however Hartke s stated purpose is to name all the women he s slept withDownload ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ½ Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ½ Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ½ 0 Read Characters ¼ Hocus Pocus As anything he's written Annotation A small exclusive college in upstate New York is nestled along the frozen shores of Lake Mohiga and directly across from a maximum security prison The two institutions manage to coexist peacefully until 10000 prisoners break out and head directly for the college Sharp toothed satire absurd humor San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Reviews It is the most richly detailed and textured of Mr Vonnegut's renderings of this particular planet Unlike many of his major characters Hartke seems like a real person and Scipio seems like a real town Some readers may miss the wilder leaps of imagination and the whimsy but what is ga. The truth can be very funny in an awful way especially as it relates to greed and hypocrisyIn many ways this is about hypocrisy and deception and so is one of Vonnegut s most scathingly cynical and satirical works and yet his scorn here is subtle though rarely playful as he can be and has demonstrated in other novels This most reminded me of his 1979 novel Jailbird We have another unreliable narrator but this is Vonnegut and so situational irony and complexity spice the topsy turvy perspective We have a protagonist nicknamed The Preacher who does not curse and yet is a killer and serial adulterer The title Hocus Pocus comes from the idea that words are like magic creating illusions that can cast spells and create misinformation and can conjure up the idea of a good result when the opposite is a
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Download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ½ Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ½ 0 Read Characters ¼ Hocus Pocus Ined is a muscular dignity of voice that only rarely is tendentious And like outer space in The Sirens of Titan Hocus Pocus is not without ''empty heroics low comedy and pointless death'' About The Author About The Author Born in 1922 Vonnegut grew up in Indianapolis Indiana His architect father suffered great financial setbacks during the Depression and was unemployed for long stretches of time His mother suffered from mental illness and eventually committed suicide in 1944 a trauma that haunted Vonnegut all his life He attended Cornell in the early 1940s but uit in order to enlist in the Army during WWII Vonnegut was shipped to Europe fought in the. Vonnegut s writing seemed to grow overtly autobiographical as he neared the end of his life Maybe that s not accurate since he was inserting himself into his own narratives as early as Slaughterhouse Five Maybe I just notice it easily now At any rate this time he s literally present as the editor of this an alleged work of found literature and figuratively present in the character of Eugene Debs no relation a veteran who worked at a college and has strong opinions about the human species and where it s headedCompared to his early works Hocus Pocus comes across as clumsy Perhaps he did not have the energy or patience to revise in the same way But clumsy Vonnegut writing is still head and shoulders above most There is a strong vein of bleakness throughout this book which combines elements of Mother Night a m