Editorial Reviews. From Library Journal. Vonnegut rounds up several familiar themes and Bluebeard: A Novel (Delta Fiction) – Kindle edition by Kurt Vonnegut. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Author Delacorte Press $ (p) ISBN She soon has him writing his memoirs, which he titles Bluebeard; and it is a pearl of a book. Based on the novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Bluebeard is the fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, a one-eyed former artist of the Abstract Expressionist era.

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The flow of the book is fantastic. To more fully understand the significance of the two view points represented by these two characters, the nature of their relationship becomes increasingly important.

If it seems he is, it’s sarcastic. Keen to make the most of their son, a genius scarcely second to Michelangelo, his parents apprentice him to a famour New York artists, Dan Gregory, a figure not unlike Norman Rockwell, who provides the covers of the nation’s most popular magazines with a sentimental and wholly fictitious image of small-town America. Upon help from Berman, Karabekian comes to a realization in his life, that he was merely afraid of people, and opens the painting in the potato barn to the public.

Great hubs yourself, by the way, Ben. Jerry Travis As with all of his works, they stand independent of each other, although there might be an occasional cameo, as it were, from characters living in …more As with all of his works, they stand independent of each other, although there might be an occasional cameo, as it were, from characters living in other works. All the main characters are fictitious, but a few real names are dropped, such as Jackson Pollock.


How you decide who that is, is unclear. Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout and their very best friends. The protagonist just wants to live out his last days on his Long Island home but then is convinced by a seductive widow to write his own autobiography. I like that sort of stuff, but I find it hard to consider it sublime, exactly.

May 22, Joel Lacivita rated it really liked it. I’m also biased because the main character was Armenian, and I could relate. God Bless You, Mr.

Bluebeard (Vonnegut novel) – Wikipedia

Rabo the illustrator and painter was an expert, if self-trained, draughtsman “you could really draw”a skill he largely abandoned, when he became part of the New York Abstract Expressionist movement.

I won’t give away the other joke, but it’s a kuurt one.

I was lured to this book by Breakfast of Champions, a Vonnegut book that I loved. Moving back and forth from pre-WWII to the present late ‘swe learn of Rabo’s colossal folly and successes as he grapples with a young romance, failed marriage, estranged sons, and the fiasco of the non-inferior latex paint, Sateen Dura Luxe that caused his paintings to disintegrate.

Suffice it to say, although Vonnegut is associated with some interesting mem I read Vonnegut now. When he reaches out to vnnegut her, she catches him by surprise with the forward statement “Tell me how your parents died.

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Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options. Were you ever drunk last iurt Some of the smartest commentary on modern art well, sort of modern — the abstract expressionists and just being human via art They have a similar sense of humor.

Even though he has started the process of healing, this guy has a whole long row to hoe that is not going to be happy, pretty or any other easy positive word. Art and the artist in Kurt Vonnegut’s Bluebeard”.

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When you grow up and leave the history classroom for the less comfortable world outside, you realize that nothing is really so simple as the textbook makes it appear. So, to your point about uniforms: In contrast, his teenage works were made with the best possible materials, given to him from the stores of a successful artist.

Karabekian mentions this relationship once in the novel. Like Vonnegut, Karabekian is captured by the Germans and witnesses the grim twilight of Nazi rule in eastern Europe.

Sep 27, Lindsay rated it it was ok. It is this understanding of the essential inability of modernity to reconcile itself with a past it cannot deny, that marks Bluebeard as Vonnegut in clear command of his facility, and fully matured in his understanding of what it means to be American in the second half of the twentieth century.

That was an ordinary way for a patriotic American to talk back then. But here’s where I see their main differences, and I’m looking at their overall bodies of work for this; and, though I’m not worthy, forgive my audacity, Bluebearx going to refer to them on a first name basis.

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