• June 18, 2019

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Jailbird Summary & Study Guide

Perhaps if I had read a book or two of his in my younger days, or chosen a different title for m This was my first foray into Kurt Vonnegut territory, and I expected to have stronger feelings one way or another about his work. Other readers are correct in the pacing of this book – it moves along a bit slower than other Vonnegut novels, but this was probably intentional with the author constantly referencing what a sad, old, fragile man he had become.

I don’t mind so much the Republicans who embrace greed and general douche-baggery.

Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention vonnwgut highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Jul 28, Pages. Vonnegut’s writing skips around and truly makes no sense until about half way through when it starts to slowly come together. I found this book in my bathroom and decided to read it.


Unlike other versions of the character, this “Kilgore Trout” is revealed to be the pseudonym of a character in prison, deliberately contradicting the autobiographical details of Trout’s life in other Vonnegut jailird.

I could hear people walking overhead and raising their voices sometimes.


While benign in jaulbird, he ends up in prison twice during the novel: Jailbird takes us into a fractured and comic, pure Vonnegut world of high crimes and misdemeanors in government—and in the heart. This results in Starbuck losing his job, in RAMJAC being dissolved, in Starbuck being convicted of a crime concealing a will and in his being sent back to prison.

Jailbird Summary & Study Guide

A fourteen-year-old Harlem child who had been killed in a gang fight was told about a two-carat diamond ring that lay for weeks at the bottom of a catch basin kuurt passed every day. The New York Times.

Aug 14, Jeff Lacy rated it it was amazing. In a piece, Jacobin Magazine called Jailbird Vonnegut’s “most extensive exploration of labor” and “Vonnegut’s clearest articulation of sympathies with the labor movement”. So many protagonists of stories are heroes: I will say that Jailbird does demonstrate Mr. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut

This thematically and narratively complex book tells the life story of Walter Starbuck, ex-socialist, ex-capitalist, and ex-con. Having lived through much of the twentieth century, Walter is the world-weary proxy for the author, able to use his decades of experience in the public service to demonstrate how, no matter what happens, this is life. I will make a guess: They aren’t forced, they naturally belong just there where the reader sets upon them.

Starbuck, a man recently released from a minimum-security prison in Georgia after serving time for his small role in the Watergate Scandal. Paperbackpages. I am a fool. Latent in Jailbird seems to be the premise that World War II really fucked everything up in terms of capitalism versus communism in a way that few people anticipated.

Kurt Vonnegut is one of my favorite authors, and he has yet to let me down. And on and on.


Because of the Sermon on the Mount, sir. Starbuck is a Harvard man, a minor public servant who does time in a white-collar prison for tangential involvement in Watergate. See 1 question vonnwgut Jailbird….

Robert Fender, which he had pu I have officially given up on choosing a favorite Vonnegut. I was absolutely struck with the scene where Starbuck and Clewes reunited: One particular scene in the beginning stuck out to me quite a bit: Whenever we discuss critiques of communism in fiction, Orwell always dominates.

On a related note: No, just my mood in general at the time was hoping for more zany and unforgettable pulp sci-fi on the order of The Sirens of Titan. I like the subtle way in which Vonnegut critiques both capitalism and communism here. That’s OK with me. Despite the setbacks dealt to him, Walter was remarkably mellow. Einstein did not get to see God. If a book is making one think about it weeks after one has read it, then the book has made an indelible impact.

While some elements of what is described here are obviously real, others are just as obviously fictionalized, giving the early and clear sense that the lines between what is fiction and what is fact are, in this book at least, quite blurred.

Debs and a lifelong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Clewes had become an unsuccessful salesman, as I would find out later, of advertising matchbooks and calendars.