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by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

This anthology is a thorough introduction to classic literature for those who have not yet experienced these literary masterworks. For those who have known and loved these works in the past, this is an invitation to reunite with old friends in a fresh new format. From Shakespeare s finesse to Oscar Wilde s wit, this unique collection brings together works as diverse and influential as The Pilgrim s Progress and Othello. As an anthology that invites readers to immerse themselves in the masterpieces of the literary giants, it is must-have addition to any library.
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ISBN: 1467945226
ISBN13: 978-1467945226
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Classics
Author: Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Language: English
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 17, 2011)
Pages: 26 pages
ePUB size: 1921 kb
FB2 size: 1831 kb
Rating: 4.8
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"If it was good enough for your grandfather, forget it ... it is much too good for anyone else!"

So begins Kurt Vonnegut's short story The Big Trip Up Yonder, a tale set in 2158 A.D. Gramps Ford and his rather large family are all cooped together in their rundown home at "Building 257 of Alden Village, New York City, Connecticut," and Gramps is regularly cutting members of his family who misbehave out of his last will and testament.

While he and his substantial family are watching their five-foot TV screen, Gramps Ford has issued his prophetic warning shot across the bow: "Silence!" cried Gramps. "Next one shoots off his big bazoo while the TV's on is gonna find hisself cut off without a dollar--" his voice suddenly softened and sweetened--"when they wave that checkered flag at the Indianapolis Speedway, and old Gramps gets ready for the Big Trip Up Yonder."

The drug called anti-gerasone had been discovered, a blend of dandelions and mud that halts the aging process, and it allows people to unnaturally control when death from old age occurs. As a result, America suffers from a severe case of over-population, which has led to shortages of many things we take for granted, including gasoline, metals, and most importantly, food. Gramps had already reached 70 when anti-gerasone had been invented, and had not aged a day in the 102 years that followed.

And Gramps has just written his grandson Lou out of his will, substituting Willy, Lou's father, substituting his son "as heir to the apartment, and the biggest plum of all, the double bed in the private bedroom."

One family member, Morty takes matters into his own hands and pours half of Gramps' anti-gerasone drug down the drain. Lou catches Morty and proceeds to fill the bottle up again. There's a series of unfortunate events, the bottle cracks and Gramps, believing Lou was trying to kill him, flees the home. Complete chaos ensues, and... you'll just have to read this short Kindle freebie to see what happens next.

Is this Vonnegut's best work? Absolutely not: in this reader's opinion, you'll have to read the author's Slaughterhouse Five to get that. But it's a good early work that actually dates back to the '50s, when it was originally published in the Galaxy science fiction magazine.
Really, I'm tired of the same complaints and comments time after time - why is this book separate?, why pay for this book?, don't buy on Amazon, etc., etc. If you can't be bothered to read the statement which Amazon willingly prints "This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web." then it is NOT Amazon's fault if you purchase the book. Amazon is a great company and while a mega company, it can be taken down by ignorance just as other successful corporations in the past have met their demise. Open you ears (eyes), close your mouths (keyboards) and try to learn something. . . before it's too late!
Mr. Vonnegut is always a pleasure to read. Maybe I should have given it 5 stars. Like Mr. Twain, or Mr. Clemens if you prefer, he wasn't a predictor of flowers and rainbows for the future of the human race. A wonderful writer who personally wished the human race could learn to live by the golden rule he didn't let that wish override truth. The man knew the human race for what it is. I miss his writing so that no matter how short they always, for me, sparkle and shine like diamonds.
Also good.
And worth every penny I didn't pay for it.

Seriously, always good to read anything by Mr Vonnegut.

As my English professor once remarked "He finds a way to tell you the truth".
fire dancer
This will seem familiar to anyone who knows Vonnegut.
A quick read probably a Vonnegut Short story should have been put in a book with 50 others. Not worth more than 99 cents.
Yes, a good piece by Kurt Vonnegut.
For Vonnegut's followers, a must read, given the price.
I remembered when I first read it, years ago.