A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

By Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

A guy with no nation is Kurt Vonnegut’s hilariously humorous and razor-sharp examine lifestyles ("If I die—God forbid—I want to visit heaven to invite someone accountable up there, ‘Hey, what was once the good news and what used to be the undesirable news?"), artwork ("To perform any artwork, irrespective of how good or badly, is how to make your soul develop. So do it."), politics ("I requested former Yankees pitcher Jim Bouton what he considered our nice victory over Iraq and he stated, ‘Mohammed Ali as opposed to Mr. Rogers.’"), and the situation of the soul of the USA at the present time ("What has occurred to us?").

Based on brief essays and speeches composed during the last 5 years and plentifully illustrated with art by means of the writer all through, a guy and not using a nation offers us Vonnegut either conversing out with indignation and writing tenderly to his fellow american citizens, occasionally joking, at different instances hopeless, constantly looking out.

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