Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut

Welcome to the Monkey House

byKurt Vonnegut

Kobo ebook | December 18, 2007

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Welcome to the Monkey House is a collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s shorter works. Originally printed in publications as diverse as The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and The Atlantic Monthly, these superb stories share Vonnegut’s audacious sense of humor and extraordinary range of creative vision.

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Title:Welcome to the Monkey HouseFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 18, 2007Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307423441

ISBN - 13:9780307423443

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from All the decent sentiments in life are corny: a review of Kurt Vonnegut's Welcome to the Monkey House WELCOME TO THE MONKEY HOUSE is an anthology of short stories. This is the first time I’ve read any of Vonnegut’s writings. I cannot say that I was won over. I found the stories uneven. While some were truly inspirational, including “Welcome to the Monkey House,” “All the King’s Horses” and “New Dictionary,” many of the other stories, despite their brevity, were difficult to get through without nodding off. I picked the anthology up on a recommendation that Palahniuk’s “Space Monkey” reference in Fight Club may have had its roots in Vonnegut. I’m still not sure, although it is definitely topical (with all of the masculinist trappings). The story is about an “Ethical Suicide Parlor” and a dystopian society where only “nothinghead’s” refuse to take their ethical birth-control bills that “take every bit of pleasure out of sex” (31). Social engineering is introduced as the induction of morality into human beings, with the underlying premise that one can teach a monkey to be moral with the right tinkering. * * * “The only sexual beauty that an ordinary human being can see today is in the woman who will kill him.” “Welcome to the Monkey House” (49) “I’m everything my mother wanted me to be, and nothing my father was.” “The Foster Portfolio” (68) “Death through a blunder she might be able to understand; but death as a product of cool reason, a step in logic, she could never accept. Rather than accept it, she would have had them all die.” “All the King’s Horses” (105)
Date published: 2007-12-28
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