Archive for September 22nd, 2009

22nd September
written by Steph

You know how sometimes we define ourselves as readers by what we don’t read?  Perhaps you say thing like, “oh, I don’t read poetry,” or “I don’t read anything published before I was”, (?) or “I don’t read sci-fi.”* And then you come across an author like Kurt Vonnegut, who defies all convention and those convenient little genre labels, and you get really quiet and think, “Huh.  Maybe I do like all of those things after all…” And then you feel confused and maybe just a bit ashamed for what you said. *For the record, I am fairly certain I have never said any of those things… Well, at least not two - ok, maybe just one - of those things.  I leave it to you to guess which one. Kurt Vonnegut is an author I’m sure everyone has heard of, but I wonder how many of us have actually read him. I read my first Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five, last year. I liked it well enough, but I wasn’t as blown away by it as I thought I would (should?) be. I remember thinking the book was smart and clever, but I guess because Slaughterhouse Five is about WWII, I expected it to pack more of an emotional punch. That being said, it was an enjoyable read, and I knew I wanted to read more by him in the future. For the longest while (perhaps coincident with his death), our local library had none of his books, but on our last trip, they had a huge selection, which seemed like as good a sign as any to give the man another shot. (more…)