Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Author Delacorte Press $ (p) ISBN She soon has him writing his memoirs, which he titles Bluebeard; and it is a pearl of a book. Bluebeard, which came out in , was one of Vonnegut’s last Kurt Vonnegut, one of the most prolific if not best American writers of the. BLUEBEARD By Kurt Vonnegut. pp. New York: Delacorte Press. $ BY the high imaginative standards of Kurt Vonnegut at his best.

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Broad humor and bitter irony collide in this fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, who, at age seventy-one, wants to be left alone on his Long Bluebsard estate with the secret he has locked inside his potato barn. Dwayne Hoover is a wealthy car dealership owner that’s on the brink He has not encountered life in anything like a straight line, and his story reflects that.

He attributed his unadorned writing style to his reporting work. I had accumulated anecdotes.

Kurt Vonnegut’s Version of the Fairytale Bluebeard: Writing About Writing for People Who Don’t Read

He no longer paints, but is wealthy from his art collection and from property he inherited on the death of his second wife, Edith. It is hard to relay what the book essentially is, but obviously it is an autobiography of an almost loner, a hermit with a roommate. Kurt Vonnegut’s Version of the Fairytale Bluebeard: Based on the novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Bluebeard is the fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, a one-eyed former artist of the Abstract Expressionist era.

Once apprentice to ‘great man’ and famous illustrator Dan Gregory before becoming one of the founders of an important abstract art movement, even if he was the least talented of the lot, Rabo Karabekian is now a septuagenarian content to live out his days in his well-off dead wife’s family home, on the proceeds of his extremely valuable art collection and his only company his cook, her daughter and his best friend, Paul Slazenger.


He covers the usual gamet of Vonnegut trademarks – WWII, a reactive protagonist as opposed to proactive how art can be quite useless etc God Bless You, Mr. With all the wrinkly larger than life men, no nonsense elegant women, and upper class east coast setting. The other choice is that you can try and get some sleep, too. A moderately gifted person has to keep his or her gifts all bottled up until, in a manner of speaking, he or she gets drunk at a wedding and tap dances on the coffee table like Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers.

Rabo talks to her about the most pleasing aspects of being an artist. All the characters here are wonderfully realized and I was sad to see them go by novel’s end. Vonnegut can certainly turn a phrase, can’t he?

Rabo himself is missing an eye. Also, his disdain for the male sex in general: Circe, being nearly 20 years younger than Rabo, brings a youthfulness and freshness that Rabo krt as specifically post World War II.

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Full Cast and Crew. He’s not making light of, he’s making dark of how f’d up blueheard are; we see it in Breakfast of Champs with the “chemicals” and it’s in Bluebeard with “I’d hate to be responsible for what my meat does.

He lives in the Hamptons in a huge house with perhaps the greatest collection of Abstract Expressionistic art in the world; he had managed to pick them up back in the day when they were almost being given away. Rabo started his working life as a cartoonist and illustrator, devoted much of it blebeard Abstract Expressionism which he tired of and vonjegut painting, but for one last work which tries to fill the gap between facile populist art “They are a negation of art!

There is more to this thing about eyes and perception, too. However, this millionaire purveyor of Mom, Old Glory and apple pie is also a genuinely loathsome and blueeard human being, who does everything he can to crush the talents of his young apprentice. That was an ordinary way for a patriotic American to talk back then. Vonnegut has some choice words for the way movies, in general, portray war.


Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut

He started life as an illustrator who couldn’t make it as a ‘real’ artist because his paintings lacked depth and vision. It’s grumpy and the ending is a little implausible the final masterpiece sounds pretty cool the way a World War II diorama of infinite detail is cool Celeste, a typical fifteen year old, owns every book by popular fictionist, Polly Madison.

Exhausted by the horrific panorama he has observed, Karabekain is repatriated in a daze to the United States. They have a similar sense of gluebeard. The potato barn is the home of Karabekian’s studio and holds his “secret”.

Anyway, have at it.

According to David Rampton in “Studies in Contemporary Fiction,” Circe Berman’s approaching Rabo with the challenge of making meaningful, moral art is Vonnegut himself directly addressing meaninglessness in art by asking iurt “committed art. It can be the past instead—the United States as it was before it was spoiled by immigrants and the enfranchisement of the blacks. This isn’t one of his better novels, but is firmly in the middle of the pack.

The third painting is of six deer and a hunter, titled “Hungarian Rhapsody Number Six” which later fell apart in storage at the Guggenheim Museum. What is Rabo keeping in the huge potato barn on his large estate.

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The first is a photo-realistic painting of Dan Gregory’s studio.