January 1, 2006

A Man Without a Country
Kurt Vonnegut

A Patriot’s Call to Arms – You can almost always tell the really needy writers; they’re the ones producing those hefty, door-stopping tomes in which they spend hundreds of ponderous pages trying to impress you with how much they know. Kurt Vonnegut always strikes me as the opposite kind of writer: he continually acknowledges how little he knows – how little any of us really knows about life, existence. In this slender volume, which reads like a warm and welcomed letter from your favorite cranky uncle, Vonnegut warns that humans are squandering the natural resources which are essential to our survival. Simply and profoundly, Vonnegut urges us to wise up and act kindly.


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