And So It Goes No More

@BarBaraPrz (24613)
St. Catharines, Ontario
April 12, 2007 11:02am CST
One of my favorite authors, Kurt Vonnegut, died Tuesday, April 10. He was 84. Cause of death was related to brain injuries resulting from a fall weeks earlier. When I was a student in the 1960s and 1970s, he was my literary idol. He had invented a new literary model, full of one sentence paragraphs, exclamation points, elipses, and italics -- all the things my English teachers told us not to do. It was heady stuff back then. His books -- 14 novels as well as plays, essays and short fiction -- were part autobiography, part fiction. I took his recurring character Kilgore Trout to be his alter-ego. "So it goes" was a Vonnegut signature phrase, featured in his book "Slaughterhouse-Five". "Slaughterhouse-Five", based on the firebombing of Dresden in World War Two, was published in 1969, a time of racial unrest, social upheaval, and the war in Vietnam. It soon became the catchphrase of opponents to that war. That war is "over" but we have other wars now. So it goes...
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@patgalca (15556)
• Orangeville, Ontario
12 Apr 07
I can honestly say that I have not read one of Vonnegut's books. I don't see any in the collection I brought from my father's either. It seems I might be missing out on something and should make an effort to read his works. My he rest in peace.
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@BarBaraPrz (24613)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
12 Apr 07
Slaughterhouse-Five was made into a movie... you might be able to rent it somewhere.I can't remember who played Billy Pilgrim, but Valerie Perine played Montana Wildhack. But it's better to read the book. There's a lot of time shifting in the story.