And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut, a life by Charles J. Shields

This biography of Kurt Vonnegut reminds me of the old saying: The book is better than the movie. In this case, the words are better than the writer (Is that possible?) Shields reveals Vonnegut to be unfaithful to his wife, unavailable to his children, and primarily focused on himself and his writing. Although he produced some amazing novels, like Slaughterhouse Five (my next review!), Vonnegut spent decades as a commercial writer for periodicals – anything for a buck. He was apparently not quite the hero that the counter-culture counted on him to be.  Oh, well…

Reviewed by Benton


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