If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young

If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young

Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Dan Wakefield

grasp storyteller and satirist Kurt Vonnegut used to be essentially the most in-demand graduation audio system of his time. for every party, Vonnegut’s phrases have been unfailingly precise, insightful, and witty, and so they stayed with viewers contributors lengthy after commencement.

As edited by way of Dan Wakefield, this publication reads like a story within the specified voice that made Vonnegut a hero to readers of every age. every now and then hilarious, razor-sharp, freewheeling, and deeply severe, those reflections are perfect for somebody present process what Vonnegut might name their “long-delayed puberty ceremony”—marking the passage from pupil to full-time grownup.

This publication makes the appropriate reward for prime college or collage graduates—or for folks and grandparents who have in mind Vonnegut fondly and wish to connect to him in a brand new context.

ABOUT the writer

Kurt Vonnegut is a special voice within the American canon—a author whose works are tough to categorize, usually straddling the gap among literature and technological know-how fiction, and jam-packed with slicing satire and darkish humor. Like Mark Twain prior to him, Vonnegut's attractiveness and impression on American writing and analyzing will keep growing gradually and raise in relevance as new insights are made.

Vonnegut was once born in 1922 in Indianapolis, and studied on the college of Chicago and the college of Tennessee. within the moment international conflict, he turned a German prisoner of struggle and used to be current throughout the bombing of Dresden. This event supplied concept for his such a lot profitable and influential novel, Slaughterhouse-Five. Vonnegut—admired as a lot for his perspectives and his “Vonnegutisms” as for his publications—wrote largely in lots of varieties, together with novels, brief tales, essays, performs, articles, speeches, and correspondence, a few of which was once released posthumously.


A lifelong good friend of Kurt Vonnegut’s, Dan Wakefield either edited and wrote the creation to the bestselling number of Vonnegut’s own correspondence, Kurt Vonnegut: Letters. additionally, Wakefield is the writer of the memoir long island within the Fifties, which used to be made right into a documentary movie, in addition to Returning: a religious trip. He created the NBC best time sequence “James at Fifteen” and wrote the script for the motion picture according to his novel Going the entire method, starring Ben Affleck.

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