Jailbird

Jailbird takes us into a fractured and comic, pure Vonnegut world of high crimes and misdemeanors in government—and in the heart. This wry tale follows bumbling bureaucrat Walter F. Starbuck from Harvard to the Nixon White House to the penitentiary as Watergate’s least known co-conspirator. But the humor turns dark when Vonnegut shines his spotlight on the cold hearts and calculated greed of the mighty, giving a razor-sharp edge to an unforgettable portrait of power and politics in our times.

I don’t know what to say about this. Kurt Vonnegut is one of those authors that “everyone” loves without question. But I really have no idea what I just read.

When I could keep the thread, it was really good. It was an interesting, historical fiction commentary about the Watergate scandal and greed in America.

But it was SO HARD to keep the thread. Vonnegut jumps all over the place, his thoughts are far from linear–more like a scatterplot than a linegraph. I want to take scissors and cut out everything that makes sense and piece it all back together again. This is just a weird, weird book.

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