This week I'll be using Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut. Once I finished all my coursework I got bored within three hours so I decided I was finally going to try and read all the books on my 100 Classics list! And Bluebeard is one of those.
Broad humor and bitter irony collide in this fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, who, at age seventy-one, wants to be left alone on his Long Island estate with the secret he has locked inside his potato barn. But then a voluptuous young widow badgers Rabo into telling his life story—and Vonnegut in turn tells us the plain, heart-hammering truth about man’s careless fancy to create or destroy what he loves.Book Beginnings and Friday 56 are hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader and Freda at Freda's Voice respectively.
'Having written "The End" to this story of my life, I find it prudent to scamper back here to before the beginning, to my front door, so to speak, and to make this apology to arriving guests: "I promised you an autobiography, but something went wrong in the kitchen. It turns out to be a diary of this past troubled summer, too! We can always send out for pizzas if necessary. Come in, come in." p.1I love Vonnegut's style, it's hilarious. And any author that is open to ordering pizza for dinner is a winner with me! Also, Vonnegut is very clever in how he addresses the reader and I simply can't wait to get cracking!
'I remember the afternoon I came home from school when I was about fifteen or so, and Father was sitting at the oilcloth-covered table in our little kitchen, with Marilee's letters in a stack before him. He had reread them all.' p.56I am really curious to see how this situation has come about! Who is Marilee, why is she writing letters and to whom? To the 'I' or to the father? This is also the beginning of a chapter, so is this a new situation or is this something already explained? I'm curious!!
So, does Bluebeard sound like something you'd enjoy? And what are you reading at the moment?