My love affair with books started way early, even before i went to school. Almost 30 years of reading, some authors’ names remain entrenched in my memory.
Kurt Vonnegut Jr, with his inimitable style, anarchic yet endearingly humble and humane observations on society is one of the few I’ll always remember.
He passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2007, barely weeks after suffering brain injuries after a fall at his Manhattan home. He was 84.
The bestselling author who had always questioned the good of scientific knowledge, progress and technology, was a humanist who sought to paint an ironical picture of what the masses see as positive.
The author of Breakfast of Champions, Cat’s Cradle, Slaughterhouse Five and a wickedly funny Bagombo Snuff Box was a much-loved American, and Indianapolis (Indiana’s capital city) recently named 2007 The Year of Vonnegut in honour of its native son.
Let’s say goodbye to Mr Vonnegut, and with him, the oddly disturbing Kilgore Trout, a sci-fi writer whose work used to be published in porn magazines.
Here’s a link to some really sobering and some snigger-inducing quotes of Vonnegut. My favourites are these two:
We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap.
Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?