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A Man Without a Country is Kurt Vonnegut’s hilariously funny and razor-sharp look at life ("If I die—God forbid—I would like to go to heaven to ask somebody in charge up there, ‘Hey, what was the good news and what was the bad news?"), art ("To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it."), politics ("I asked former Yankees pitcher Jim Bouton what he thought of our great victory over Iraq and he said, ‘Mohammed Ali versus Mr. Rogers.’"), and the condition of the soul of America today ("What has happened to us?").
Based on short essays and speeches composed over the last five years and plentifully illustrated with artwork by the author throughout, A Man Without a Country gives us Vonnegut both speaking out with indignation and writing tenderly to his fellow Americans, sometimes joking, at other times hopeless, always searching.
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|1||As a kid I was the youngest||1|
|2||Do you know what a twerp is?||7|
|3||Here is a lesson in creative writing||23|
|4||I'm going to tell you some news||39|
|5||Okay, now let's have some fun||47|
|6||I have been called a Luddite||55|
|7||I turned eighty-two on November 11||65|
|8||Do you know what a humanist is?||79|
|9||Do unto others||95|
|10||A sappy woman from Ypsilanti||105|
|11||Now then, I have some good news||115|
|12||I used to be the owner and manager of an automobile dealership||125|