History Creator / KurtVonnegut

3rd Nov '17 4:15:02 PM dlchen145
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[[Literature/SlaughterhouseFive Listen]]: Kurt Vonnegut (November 11, 1922 -- April 11, 2007) was an American science fiction writer. His work is known for its satirical, anti-authoritarian, humanist, absurdist and often [[CrapsackWorld brutally depressing worldview]]. If this worldview can be pinned down to one event, it would be the bombing of Dresden.

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[[Literature/SlaughterhouseFive Listen]]: Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (November 11, 1922 -- April 11, 2007) was an American science fiction writer. His work is known for its satirical, anti-authoritarian, humanist, absurdist and often [[CrapsackWorld brutally depressing worldview]]. If this worldview can be pinned down to one event, it would be the bombing of Dresden.
1st Nov '17 2:31:42 AM Baeraad555
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* {{Hypocrite}}: Fred Rosewater's wife is said to despise him for being so poor and dull, while having failed to notice that she's every bit as poor and every bit as dull as he is. [[note]]In fairness, since he's the breadwinner of their household, her being as poor as him is pretty much inevitable.[[/note]]
1st Nov '17 2:17:39 AM Baeraad555
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* AllLovingHero: Eliot's defining trait - he loves ''everyone,'' no matter how unlovable they are, simply because they are human and need someone to love them. Possibly deconstructed [[note]]though it could also be seen as a case of EvilCannotComprehendGood[[/note]], as Senator Rosewater bitterly notes that that makes for a raw deal for anyone who (like himself) wants to have a personal relationship to Eliot, since Eliot loves them exactly as much as he does a random person on the street. Eliot's wife also tries to be this, but it eventually causes her to have a nervous breakdown and turn into a complete sociopath for a while - essentially, she ''wore out'' her sense of empathy by trying to apply it as widely as Eliot. [[spoiler: Eliot himself also suffers a mental collapse towards the end of the novel.]]
13th Sep '17 6:13:58 AM Pren
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A full decade after his death, the editors of an omnibus of his work discovered five short stories from the early '50s (i.e., before any of his most famous work) that had never been published and put them in the book, first posting one online for free as a tease.
10th Aug '17 9:26:01 PM TristanJeremiah
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* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: The narrator is named after prominent American Socialist UsefulNotes/EugeneDebs
25th Jun '17 11:10:21 AM nombretomado
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* ARealManIsAKiller: Vonnegut told this story many times, both in speeches and in at least one book other than ''Timequake''. After he returned from WorldWarTwo, his Uncle Dan came up to him and clapped him on the back, proclaiming "You're a ''man'' now!" The [[UnfortunateImplications implication]] being that the only way for a boy to become a man was to kill people. Although Vonnegut had never had occasion to kill anybody during his military service, he had seen a ''lot'' of death and lived through the firebombing of Dresden, which wasn't a lot of fun. Imagine that you've just gone through the worst, most traumatic experience of your life, and before you've finished dealing with that trauma somebody comes up to you and ''[[BerserkButton congratulates you on it]].'' Yeah, [[{{Irony}} Kurt wanted to kill the guy.]]

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* ARealManIsAKiller: Vonnegut told this story many times, both in speeches and in at least one book other than ''Timequake''. After he returned from WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, his Uncle Dan came up to him and clapped him on the back, proclaiming "You're a ''man'' now!" The [[UnfortunateImplications implication]] being that the only way for a boy to become a man was to kill people. Although Vonnegut had never had occasion to kill anybody during his military service, he had seen a ''lot'' of death and lived through the firebombing of Dresden, which wasn't a lot of fun. Imagine that you've just gone through the worst, most traumatic experience of your life, and before you've finished dealing with that trauma somebody comes up to you and ''[[BerserkButton congratulates you on it]].'' Yeah, [[{{Irony}} Kurt wanted to kill the guy.]]
17th Jun '17 10:11:16 AM nombretomado
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* MechanisticAlienCulture: KurtVonnegut's Tralfamadorians, depending on the story or novel that features them, are either StarfishAliens or MechanicalLifeforms that replaced their organic ancestors (Vonnegut never makes it clear if there was a RobotWar or if this was a more benevolent [[TheSingularity Singularity-like event]]), their culture is perhaps [[UpToEleven even more]] [[BuffySpeak Starfish-y]] then their physical form (when Salo tries to explain their system of government in ''Literature/TheSirensOfTitan'', he sounds like [[TheStoner he's fraking stoned]]). So, they ''sometimes'' count as examples of this trope, depending on the story. Vonnegut's literary, AuthorAvatar, Kilgore Trout, [[ShowWithinAShow wrote several stories]] using aliens that had the stereotypical features of this trope, including a race of Car-People.

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* MechanisticAlienCulture: KurtVonnegut's The Tralfamadorians, depending on the story or novel that features them, are either StarfishAliens or MechanicalLifeforms that replaced their organic ancestors (Vonnegut never makes it clear if there was a RobotWar or if this was a more benevolent [[TheSingularity Singularity-like event]]), their culture is perhaps [[UpToEleven even more]] [[BuffySpeak Starfish-y]] then their physical form (when Salo tries to explain their system of government in ''Literature/TheSirensOfTitan'', he sounds like [[TheStoner he's fraking stoned]]). So, they ''sometimes'' count as examples of this trope, depending on the story. Vonnegut's literary, AuthorAvatar, Kilgore Trout, [[ShowWithinAShow wrote several stories]] using aliens that had the stereotypical features of this trope, including a race of Car-People.
4th Apr '17 11:38:05 PM Baeraad555
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* BeingGoodSucks: Unusually, it's not because you get punished for doing it, but because it's simply so soul-crushingly thankless and time-consuming. Eliot, a man of immense fortune and considerable mental and physical gifts, has to devote his entire being to simply making day-to-day life in one small town a little better for its hapless inhabitants, and creating any sort of lasting improvement there or elsewhere is implied to be [[InherentInTheSystem completely impossible.]]
4th Apr '17 11:30:31 PM Baeraad555
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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Norman Mushari is trying to prove that Eliot is insane and that the Rosewater fortune should therefore be inherited by Fred, who is Eliot's direct heir. As part of his efforts, he drums up a startling number of fraudulent paternity suits against Eliot. When Eliot finds out, he thinks it over for a moment and then [[spoiler: formally admits paternity to every single one of his supposed illegitimate children - meaning that even if Norman manages to get Eliot declared incompetent, there are now ''over fifty people'' who stand to inherit before Fred does.]]
24th Mar '17 1:55:06 AM WillBGood
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[[Literature/SlaughterhouseFive Listen]]: Kurt Vonnegut (November 11, 1922 -- April 11, 2007) was an American science fiction writer. His work is known for its satirical, anti-authoritarian, humanist, absurdist and often [[CrapsackWorld brutally depressing]] [[SickSadWorld worldview]]. If this worldview can be pinned down to one event, it would be the bombing of Dresden.

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[[Literature/SlaughterhouseFive Listen]]: Kurt Vonnegut (November 11, 1922 -- April 11, 2007) was an American science fiction writer. His work is known for its satirical, anti-authoritarian, humanist, absurdist and often [[CrapsackWorld brutally depressing]] [[SickSadWorld depressing worldview]]. If this worldview can be pinned down to one event, it would be the bombing of Dresden.
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