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If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young - Kurt Vonnegut, Dan Wakefield
If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young
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Best known as one of our most astonishing and enduring contemporary novelists, Kurt Vonnegut was also a celebrated commencement address giver. He himself never graduated college, so his words to any class of graduating seniors always carried the delight, and gentle irony, of someone savoring an... show more
Best known as one of our most astonishing and enduring contemporary novelists, Kurt Vonnegut was also a celebrated commencement address giver. He himself never graduated college, so his words to any class of graduating seniors always carried the delight, and gentle irony, of someone savoring an achievement he himself had not had occasion to savor on his own behalf.             Selected and introduced by fellow novelist and friend Dan Wakefield, the speeches in If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? capture this side of Kurt Vonnegut for the first time in book form. There are nine speeches, seven given at colleges, one to the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, one on the occasion of Vonnegut receiving the Carl Sandburg Award. In each of these talks Vonnegut takes pains to find the few things worth saying and a conversational voice to say them in that isn’t heavy-handed or pretentious or glib, but funny and serious and joyful even if sometimes without seeming so.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781609805913 (1609805917)
ASIN: 1609805917
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Pages no: 144
Edition language: English
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I feel like Kurt Vonnegut is an author that people either love or they hate. Some people will try and make you feel bad for liking him and other people won't understand how you don't like him. I'm not ashamed or embarrassed to say I love Kurt Vonnegut. I won't say that all of his books are litera...
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