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Painting - Latex House Paint, Alkyd Paint And Primer On Linen
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was a prolific American author. He is considered one of the most influential American novelists of the twentieth century. He blended literature with science fiction and humor, the absurd with pointed social commentary. Vonnegut created his own unique world in each of his novels and filled them with unusual characters.
After studying at Cornell University from 1940 to 1942, Kurt Vonnegut enlisted the U.S. Army. The next year, he served in Europe and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. After this battle, Vonnegut was captured and became a prisoner of war. He was in Dresden, Germany, during the Allied firebombing of the city, and saw the complete devastation caused by it. Vonnegut himself only escaped harm because he, along with other POWs, was working in an underground meat locker. Vonnegut said the aftermath of the attack was "utter destruction", "carnage unfathomable". This experience was the inspiration for one of his most famous novels, Slaughterhouse-Five
In much of his work, Vonnegut's own voice is apparent, often filtered through the character of science fiction author Kilgore Trout (whose name is based on that of real-life science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon), characterized by wild leaps of imagination and a deep cynicism, tempered by humanism..
Vonnegut died on April 11, 2007 in Manhattan, following a fall at his Manhattan home several weeks earlier which resulted in irreversible brain injuries. He was 84 years old at the time of his death. Coincidentally he wrote in the prologue of Timequake that his alter-ego, Kilgore Trout, would die at the age of 84.
Vonnegut described himself variously as a skeptic, freethinker, humanist, Unitarian Universalist, agnostic and atheist. He disbelieved in the supernatural, considered religious doctrine to be "so much arbitrary, clearly invented balderdash," and believed people were motivated by loneliness to join religions. Vonnegut considered humanism to be a modern-day form of free thought, and advocated it in various writings, speeches and interviews.
A Few other novels written by Vonnegut include Cat's Cradle, Breakfast of Champions, Deadeye Dick, Galápagos, Welcome to the Monkey House and Timequake.
August 12th, 2010
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