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by Kurt Vonnegut

From the author of Timequake, this "irresistible" novel (Cleveland Plain Dealer) tells the story of Eugene Debs Hartke-Vietnam veteran, jazz pianist, college professor, and prognosticator of the apocalypse. Here is the adventure of Eugene Debs Hartke. He’s a Vietnam veteran, a jazz pianist, a college professor, and a prognosticator of the apocalypse (and other things Earth-shattering). But that’s neither here nor there. Because at Tarkington College–where he teaches–the excrement is about to hit the air-conditioning. And it’s all Eugene’s fault. “Vonnegut is back, with plenty to say...combining clever wit with keen social observation. Hocus Pocus re-established Mr. Vonnegut’s place as the Mark Twain of our times.” —Atlanta Journal & Constitution Hocus Pocus is the most topical, realistic Vonnegut novel to date...He is a satirist with a heart, a moralist with a whoopee cushion.” —Jay McInerney, The New York Times "It's 'Vonnegut's best novel in years-funny and prophetic...something special.'" —The Nation
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ISBN: 0425130215
ISBN13: 978-0425130216
Category: Humor
Subcategory: Humor
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Language: English
Publisher: Berkley (November 1, 1991)
ePUB size: 1855 kb
FB2 size: 1312 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 116
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Another Vonnegut classic. Vonnegut writes: "How embarrassing to be human." And maybe that's why I so enjoy his writing. His voice is so human - his writing is so easy to relate to. He touches on human frailties common to us all, brings his wonderful sense of humor into the mix, and helps me feel a little less alone, I guess. *Hocus Pocus* had me laughing out loud in places, cringing and tearing up in others. Vonnegut is a master of his craft. A genius. I've never yet read a Vonnegut book I didn't thoroughly enjoy.
I'm new to reading Vonnegut, and one could say he is an acquired taste. I have enjoyed other books by him a lot more than this one, but I still found merit in this book. He has such an interesting style of writing and this book tends more to the Science fiction of his earliest works. I much preferred Slaughterhause Five, over this story, but I still recommend it for the fact of his wonderful turn of phrase and his engaging characters and tales.
book was in very good condition. this will be my first reading of this book by Vonnegut, although I have read other books by him. but this one really hit home and because we are so many years past the time he is writing about (even though the book takes place in the future), I find myself feeling very sad as I read it. it's funny, but it certainly is not funny. he is so right on about what happened and how we will live to remember it. I am almost finished with the book and I carry it with me everywhere, even when I am reading something else, because I want to be in the right frame of mind when I immerse myself in it each time. it is so brilliant, it makes me cry.
I have read several of Vonnegut's novels, mostly his popular stories like cats cradle and slaughterhouse five. This one shared the small moments of humor and all of the social commentary from the state of institutions to race relations in America. His version of the near future even felt familiar. No spoilers but if you enjoy this author's other writing then check this out.
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Kurt Vonnegut is one of the Great American Writers for a reason. This, as far as I'm aware, isn't considered one of his great works. It just goes to show how amazing he was at what he did then, because this book is wildly amusing and entertaining. I was barely able to put it down. If you've been reading Chuck Palahniuk and wondering where to go next, Vonnegut is the answer in spades. You're welcome.
Well I did it, I read my first Vonnegut!

If you enjoy cynicism and satire, then this is the book for you. The over arching themes in this book are dedicated to sociopolitical topics with the biggest focus on war, specifically the Vietnam war. Our main character is a decorated Vietnam vet who finds himself teaching rich learning-disabled students and nursing his mentally unstable wife and mother-in-law. The antics that ensue are pretty unbelievable but are told with enough actual facts that it is almost believable.

There are quite a following of die-hard Vonnegut fans so I know I'm not doing this review justice. One reviewer called the book choppy due to its paragraphs told almost on separate occasions with at least an inch of space between each paragraph. I personally enjoyed this, it made me feel like I was getting through the reading faster ... which could have just been an illusion of course. I would suggest that it is written this way to show how the events of history and one man's life, including the lives of the people he has come across, are indeed connected, but not in a linear fashion. Vonnegut wrote the book like life, it's a bit choppy.

As I was reading it did remind me of Catch-22, but that must be the satire and major war theme that they have in common. One thing that I did observe upon recollection is that there is no resolve and as a reader I do like resolve, but I appreciate the author's style due to the context. There are plenty of fun parts at the beginning but as the story goes, the fun parts kind of dissolve. I think this is on purpose though, it connected with the message that Vonnegut was telling. The message about Vietnam vets, corporate America being owned by other countries instead of America, and the appalling state of affairs in our penitentiaries.

But I could be wrong. I didn't give this one a lot of stars which is unlike me because I love rating things high, but I don't think I was in the right mood for this one. I look forward to reading more of his work though. It kept me captivated, I wanted to know how it ended which says a lot about a book I think.
What can one say - very depressing. K. V. excels at describing true reality. Heaven is not on Earth! K. V. is truly unique in creating a real honest to G-d person. One's own foibles seem trivial to the obstacles that Eugene Debs Hartke encounters and must, somehow, overcome. He seems to take it in his stride. What is his alternative?
Once started, I could not stop reading it; athough this totally different writing style gave me too many pre-hints of what was to come before he brought it all out there for the examining, it was still excellent, and the characters, well, the craziness of the characters, kept me reading. Really, the only thing I disliked about this book was off-color language and the way-too-casual sexual attitudes of the main character.
But, when one is writing about prisoners, I guess Vonnegut can be forgiven for this probably realistic insensibility.