[PDF/EBOOK] Welcome to the Monkey House BY Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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Welcome to the Monkey House is a collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s shorter works Originally printed in publicatio. A Compendium of Curmudgeonly HumourKurt Vonnegut is a curmudgeon Curmudgeons are often misunderstood and taken for irascible pedants On the contrary they are anything but pedantic Curmudgeons are introverts who are simply tired of adapting themselves to the demands of an extrovert world They want to be left alone Which is why they occasionally write or say nasty things to annoy people The hope is that other people will then have something to talk about with each other and give the curmudgeon some peaceA curmudgeon like Vonnegut is the opposite of a totalitarian A curmudgeon knows the world around him and its imperfections through direct experience But he is wary of turning his opinions of which he has many into policies This is just as well because his opinions are anything but consistent He has learned over the years that consistency is indeed the sign of a trivial mind which would like to impose order on a universe that is inherently chaotic Curmudgeons are male by definition because they fear the power of women and have no defences against it Female power arises from the inherent male incompetence in things like communication and relationship building Sisterhood is a mystery which manifests to him as a hive mind and he dares not mess with it The curmudgeon knows he is deficient and relies on women to suffer frustration and annoyance in his presence He is aware of this sufferance and as a mark of respect neither contradicts nor criticises his female companions They in turn accept the deal as the best they are likely to get and desist from all attempts to improve himA curmudgeon is not without charm in certain situations primarily those in which he is forced to respond to the opinions usually political but sometimes anthropological of others particularly blowhards and dilettantes In such circumstances his remarks are likely intended not to convince but to undermine He perceives this as healthy cynicism The charm emanates from the fact that he doesn t mind what anyone else thinks of him The combination of the unexpected and the absence of obvious banality helps

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E Vonnegut’s audacious sense of humor and extraordinary range of creative vision Alternative cover edition he. What is happiness What is pleasure Is happiness an emotion that endures that has to be earned and pleasure a temporary reaction to something that makes you feel goodIn this short story radio waves from a distance star are picked up and amplified and the effect on people is much like good weed Everyone hangs out feeling mellow letting the little things go a somewhat deviant idea of what is funny great hilarity and general love view spoilerI know this exactly because I ve tried Euphio hide spoiler

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Ns as diverse as The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and The Atlantic Monthly these superb stories shar. The world is overpopulated and they have Ethical Suicide Parlors where public minded citizens are encouraged to go in and get a lethal injection from the attractive hostesses There s a big thermometer outside showing how many people there currently are in the worldSo the guy comes in and he s chatting with the hostess He wants to know how much the mercury will go down if he decides to do it A footNo she saysAn inchNot uite she saysSuddenly he changes his tone Every inch he says represents seventeen million people That s not the right way to look at it she says But she doesn t say what is the right way to look at itEver since reading this story as a teenager I ve been unable to take anyone seriously who uses the expression That s not the right way to look at it Not my fault Blame the late Mr Vonnegut


10 thoughts on “Welcome to the Monkey House

  1. says:

    Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut is a collection of short stories from the 50s and 60s and demonstrates Vonnegut’s tremendous range as a writer I have read one critic who did not like Vonnegut saying that all of his novels are essentially the same with his voice and tone narrating each new set of facts I agreed somewhat but still liked the way he writes and have enjoyed every one of his works I ha

  2. says:

    A Compendium of Curmudgeonly HumourKurt Vonnegut is a curmudgeon Curmudgeons are often misunderstood and taken for irascible pedants On the contrary they are anything but pedantic Curmudgeons are introverts who are simply tired of adapting themselves to the demands of an extrovert world They want to be left alone Which i

  3. says:

    Every epoch tells its stories its own way and Kurt Vonnegut managed to catch the spirit of the last midcentury perfectlyThe Year was 2081 and everybody was finally eual They weren’t only eual before God and the law They were eual every which way Nobody was smarter than anybody else Nobody was better looking than anybody else Nobody was stronger or uicker than anybody elseThe absolute conformity is a paradise for politiciansThe tales may

  4. says:

    This is a master class in the art of short story writing Every short story is finely crafted Many have humor many have heartbreak many have subt

  5. says:

    The world is overpopulated and they have Ethical Suicide Parlors where public minded citizens are encouraged to go in and get a lethal injection from the attractive hostesses There's a big thermometer outside showing how many people there currently are in the worldSo the guy comes in and he's chatting with the hostess He wants to

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    The story is available to read online courtesy of the Saturday Evening Post Link in the Goodreads book detailsSusanna a young and pre

  7. says:

    What is happiness? What is pleasure? Is happiness an emotion that endures that has to be earned and pleasure a temporary reaction to something that makes you feel good?In this short story radio waves from a distance star are picked up and amplified and the effect on people is much like good weed Everyone hangs out feeling mellow l

  8. says:

    Welcome to the Monkey House is the best collection of stories I've readRating it accurately is as difficult as ever Should i

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    1982 January 62014 October 3Where I Live Keenly observed I wonder what an update would be like 50 years on?Harrison Bergeron This one has aged a bit but it's still goodWho Am I This Time? I vividly recall the American Playhouse production with Susan Sarandon and Christopher Walken MagicWelcome to the Monkey House Likewise aged not that there

  10. says:

    Vonnegut does a wonderful job with a short story and while most stories were okay to yeah I liked it I guess it's definitely worth it for the few 4 to 5 star ratingsWhere I Live Venture Traveler’s World October 1964 25 Kinda boring and no real plot Just meanderingHarrison Bergeron The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction October 1961 55 Loved this one science fiction Handicapping people so everything is fair and no