[KINDLE] ❂ Bluebeard ❅ Kurt Vonnegut – Bassgrotto.co.uk

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    One thing I ve discovered is that people tend to have different favorites of Vonnegut s work Many prefer Slaughter House Five, some love Breakfast of Champions, and my sister s favorite is Galapagos The only person I ve ever met whose favorite Vonnegut book is Bluebeard is me So it goes.The book follows former abstract expressionist painter Rabo Karabekian, serving as his autobiography and a mystery story simultaneously The mystery What is Rabo keeping in the huge potato barn on his large estate.Some of you may remember Mr Karabekian from Breakfast of Champions he was largely the same character, albeit younger in years He s famous for his paintings, you see he would take huge canvases, spray paint them all one color, and put pieces of colored tape on them There s several jokes regarding Rabo s paintings, one of which he gave away in Breakfast his work is Rabo s view of the human soul When you strip away all of the unnecessary crap that makes us up, we re all basically glowing...

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    This is Vonnegut, so it s quirky, knowing, silly, intelligent, funny, mysterious what IS in the potato barn and anti war amongst many other things It s conversational, and broken into very short chunks, but don t be deceived into thinking it s lightweight It claims to be the autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, an Armenian American WW2 veteran who became a major figure in Abstract Expressionism, after an apprenticeship with realist illustrator, Dan Gregory It reads as a memoir, interspersed with Bulletin from the present sections which cover the eventful months he wrote it The backstory is relatively straight the present day, comical All the main characters are fictitious, but a few real names are dropped, such as Jackson Pollock It s the 1980s, Rabo is in his 70s, and is living alone in a huge house in the Hamptons He no longer paints, but is wealthy from his art collection and from property he inherited on the death of his second wife, Edith He s not actually alone, as his cook lives in, with her daughter, and his writer friend, Paul Slazeng...

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    What a fool I would have been to let self respect interfere with my happiness Kurt Vonnegut, BluebeardA pseudo memoir of Rabo Karabekian a minor Abstract Expressionist whose art literally disappeared thanks to a poor choice in paints It is hard to relay what the book essentially is, but obviously it is an autobiography of an almost loner, a hermit with a roommate He lives in his big house in the Hamptons among the art he bought cheap Rothkos, Pollocks, etc years ago He is being bullied into writing his memoirs by Polly Madison, a writer of cheap blockbuster novels At its heart, this novel is Vonnegut working his way through some of his previous big themes war, isolation, humanism, pacifism along with explorations of art, commerce, c.This isn t one of his better novels, but is firmly in th...

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    This is maybe the fourth or fifth Vonnegut book I ve read, having only been introduced to him recently, sadly I m becoming quite a fan of his writing What I like about him is that a lot of deep truths mask the ironic and humorous statements he makes Definitely a must read for those who like satire.

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    Come DancingBy the time I reached the last chapter of this novel, I realised that Kurt Vonnegut had taken me dancing, just as Rabo Karabekian had finally taken Mrs Circe Berman dancing.Unforgettable 71 year old Rabo sets off to write his autobiography, but soon discovers that it has equally become a diary of the summer of its writing in his elegant mansion on Long Island inherited from his recently deceased second wife, Edith.Rabo started his working life as a cartoonist and illustrator, devoted much of it to Abstract Expressionism which he tired of and ceased painting, but for one last work which tries to fill the gap between facile populist art They are a negation of art They aren t just neutral They are black holes from which no intelligence or skill can escape Worse than that, they suck up the dignity, the self respect, of anybody unfortunate enough to have to look at them and post modernist art works which aren t supposed to mean anything, and are about absolutely nothing but themselves Self ReflexivenessThere s a nice irony about this self reflexiveness, because it s actually a concern of the novel itself, which is much and far greater than a run of the mill work of white American male metafiction Rabo the illustrator and painter was ...

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    Wow This was a novel that s going to keep me thinking for a long, long time It was everything jam packed into a small little book clever, tragic, engrossing, laugh out loud funny, imaginative, unexpected, and even transformative, I think There are so many layers to this book I m sure I ll be thinking about it off and on for the next several months at least and will almost definitely re read this book a number of times before I reach room temperature.Check it out The protagonist autobiographer is a veteran who lost an eye in WWII who later becomes one of the biggest jokes of the Abstract Expressionist art movement because all of his art disintegrates due to a poor choice of paint He started life as an illustrator who couldn t make it as a real artist because his paintings lacked depth and vision And then he goes off to WWII and LITERALLY LOSES HIS SENSE OF DEPTH by having one of his eyes shot out Ironically, I think it s this literal and figurative lack of depth perception that enables him to survive and not commit suicide while all of his other artist friends don t There is to this thing about eyes and perception, too When both his father and some other artists are at their most creative, their eyes become dead Half of this guy s eyes are already dead, so he s not able to see what they re ...

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    This was a lovely reintroduction to Vonnegut after a nearly eight year hiatus I remember loving his style and staccato rhythm of his prose Slaughterhouse Five remains one of my favourite novels and was one of the first that made me think science fiction could be much than explosions and cool scenes Bluebeard, by contrast, is an entirely realist novel about the abstract expressionist art movement Although it s only a little bit about that too.What it s really about is Rabo Karabekian, ageing hermit, art collector, and life regretter with a secret something in his potato barn His hermitage is interrupted by Circe Berman, a writer of what sure sounds like YA novels, who endeavours to change his life, much to his chagrin The novel involves many other characters who would be poorly introduced by myself in comparison to their richness as presented by Vonnegut All the characters here are wonderfully realized and I was sad to see them go by novel s end.I love how Vonnegut is able to tie tethers through time to connect a character s past to their actions throughout their lives without shoving it down the reader s throat If Rabo is suffering, he does so without expending page upon page in melancholy and it s to Vonnegut s credit that he makes the reader feel it in a sentence or two The novel is structured as Rabo s m...

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    I read Vonnegut now Vonnegut is cool.I have vague memories of reading Vonnegut before I have some very old, very pulp editions of some of his other novels that I er liberated from my father I swear I ve read Breakfast of Champions before, and I m pretty sure I read either Cat s Cradle or Player Piano at my sister s wedding I remember this because I was only 15, but the server still offered me wine I declined Suffice it to say, although Vonnegut is associated with some interesting memories, this is really the first of his novels that I have read as an adult, and the first one I remember well enough to review.Bluebeard is easy to read and, therefore, easy to dismiss Thanks to the conversational first person narration and the consistent switching between Rabo s reminiscences and the present day at his home in the Hamptons, Bluebeard feels like a light novel Yet this is also a story about genocide survivors, abusive relationships, the horror of war, and the horror of mediocrity This book is an excellent example of how levity can be just as good at delivering a polemic against war as gritty, realistic depictions like you might find in The Kindly Ones or in Hollywood movies.Vonnegut has ...

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Bluebeard Broad Humor Bitter Irony Collide In This Fictional Autobiography Of Rabo Karabekian, Who, At Age 71, Wants To Be Left Alone On His Long Island Estate With The Secret He Has Locked Inside His Potato Barn But Then A Voluptuous Young Widow Badgers Rabo Into Telling His Life Story Vonnegut In Turn Tells Us The Plain, Heart Hammering Truth About Humankind S Careless Fancy To Create Or Destroy What He Loves.