Deadeye Dick

Deadeye Dick

Book - 1982
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"The master at his quirky, provocative best."-- Cosmopolitan

Deadeye Dick is Kurt Vonnegut's funny, chillingly satirical look at the death of innocence. Amid a true Vonnegutian host of horrors--a double murder, a fatal dose of radioactivity, a decapitation, an annihilation of a city by a neutron bomb--Rudy Waltz, aka Deadeye Dick, takes us along on a zany search for absolution and happiness. Here is a tale of crime and punishment that makes us rethink what we believe . . . and who we say we are.

Praise for Deadeye Dick

"A moving fable . . . Vonnegut, sweet cynic and ugly duckling, continues to write gentle swan songs for our uncivil society." -- Playboy

"A brilliantly unconventional novel . . . a must for all Vonnegut fans." --Worcester Sunday Telegram

"Hits the bull's-eye . . . dolefully celebrates the randomness of life, treating private and public disasters with a kind of reckless whimsy. . . . You don't read Kurt Vonnegut for meaning exactly. You read him for the sad-funny attitude of mind, the kind of weirdness that can interpret the world's weirdness." -- USA Today

"Vonnegut is beguiling as ever . . . Incredible plot constructions and inventive language continue to leap from his typewriter . . . the humor is natural and inborn; the insight usually purchased by his characters at painfully high cost. Funny how life turns out. Even funnier how Mr. Vonnegut turns life's insanities into funny, profound sense. That takes a master's touch. Mr. Vonnegut still has it." -- Kansas City Star

"Playful and imaginative . . . On finishing the novel, the kitchen of your mind is a cleaner and more well-lighted place than it was before." -- Houston Chronicle

"Endearing and enchanting . . . a wise and charming book . . . very full of life." -- Glamour
Publisher: New York : Dial Press Trade Paperbacks, c1982
ISBN: 9780385334174
Branch Call Number: VONNEGU
Characteristics: xiv, 271 p. ; 21 cm


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Apr 15, 2010

"It's a widely accepted principle," he says, "that you can claim a piece of land which has been inhabited for tens of thousands of years, if only you will repeat this mantra endlessly: 'We discovered it, we discovered it, we discovered it. . . .' "

Apr 15, 2010

That is my principal objection to life, I think: It is too easy, when alive, to make perfectly horrible mistakes.


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Jul 17, 2016

Perhaps your darkest moment, Kurt. You leave it to the reader to cut through the gloom.

This first-person narrative slips away from the zany and free-ranging explorations of life common to your work. Kurt, you had to know the narrator—Rudy Waltz—was inadequate because the ending of the story—"We are still in the Dark Ages"—did not come from him.

Your theme—"Watch out for life"—deserved a better look. As for your own life, Kurt, your dedication of the book to Jill [wife Jill Krementz] was an ill omen.

Chapter 26: The opening three pages on "We all see our lives as stories" are a gem.

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