London: Vintage Classics, 2013. Dan Wakefield (ed.). Reprint. Paperback. NEW. Inserts with b/w plates. Index. 13 x 20 cm. 436 pp. Item #11009
This collection of Vonnegut’s letters is the autobiography he never wrote – from the letter he posted home upon being freed from a German POW camp, to notes of advice to his children: ‘Don’t let anybody tell you that smoking and boozing are bad for you. Here I am fifty-five years old, and I never felt better in my life’. Peppered with insights, one-liners and missives to the likes of Norman Mailer, Gunter Grass and Bernard Malamud, Vonnegut is characteristically funny, wise and modest. As he himself said: ‘I am an American fad—of a slightly higher order than the hula hoop’.
Like Vonnegut’s books, his letters make you think, they make you outraged and they make you laugh. Written over a sixty-year period, and never published before, these letters are alive with the unique point of view that made Vonnegut one of the most original writers in American fiction.