Friday, April 13, 2007
Man Without a Country is a collection of nonfiction pieces. Vonnegut also mixes in aphorisms and illustrations to break up the pieces. The majority of the book is a lament about what is happening in this country and the world we are leaving behind for our children and grandchildren. There are a few lighter pieces mixed in as well about childhood or music. The book reminded me of my memories of the lecture of his I attended in college—a bit rambling, a bit cynical, a bit humorous. Most of all, it seems to be a book by a man who’s seen a lot in his lifetime and hopes to remind us to learn from what has taken place then and wake up to what is happening now.