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Deadeye Dick is Vonnegut's funny, chillingly satirical look at the death of innocence. Amid a true Vonnegutian host of horrors—a double murder, a fatal dose of radioactivity, a decapitation, an annihilation of a city by a neutron bomb—Rudy Waltz, a.k.a. Deadeye Dick, takes us along on a zany search for absolution and happiness. Here is a tale of crime and punishment that mDeadeye Dick is Vonnegut's funny, chillingly satirical look at the death of innocence. Amid a true Vonnegutian host of horrors—a double murder, a fatal dose of radioactivity, a decapitation, an annihilation of a city by a neutron bomb—Rudy Waltz, a.k.a. Deadeye Dick, takes us along on a zany search for absolution and happiness. Here is a tale of crime and punishment that makes us rethink what we believe and who we say we are....

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Deadeye Dick Reviews

  • Darwin8u
    2019-06-01 12:42

    “I was the great marksman, anyway. If I aimed at nothing, then nothing is what I would hit.”―Kurt Vonnegut, Deadeye DickThis is one of those Vonnegut novels, I'll probably hold off giving to my son to read. Not yet son. You aren't quite ready for this depth of existentialist Vonnegut despair. The world is sometimes a rotten place, it really is, but I don't want to step on all his hope too early. Once when I was young, and I said something cynical and sarcastic in front of my father, he rebuked me and said, "Son, leave sarcasm, cynicism, and Depend® undergarments to men above the age of 50. It isn't becoming in a kid so young." I now get what he meant. This is Vonnegut for old, cynical Vonnegut fans wearing a comfortable pair of Depends®. This is for those of us in our Epilogue years. There is always a darkness to Vonnegut that is masked by his humor and his nonchalance. You often forget that there is an actual 1000 foot canyon beneath Vonnegut as his prose dances on the line of absurdism, death, and inhumanity. In this novel, you don't forget. That is part of the act, see? Vonnegut is pointing out the bodies on the rocks below and blaming the audience a bit. Still, it is pretty damn good stuff.

  • MJ Nicholls
    2019-06-18 13:07

    This is satire at its blackest. Deadeye Dick might be the angriest of Vonnegut's books: nuclear weapons, small-town life, hopeless parents and marriages, drug addiction, warped governments, racism, police brutality and gun laws. It's all here in this mulligan stew of righteous indignation.Brilliant. A real tour de force of grumpy trouble-making.

  • Bettie☯
    2019-05-26 15:41

    Description: Deadeye Dick is Kurt Vonnegut’s funny, chillingly satirical look at the death of innocence. Amid a true Vonnegutian host of horrors—a double murder, a fatal dose of radioactivity, a decapitation, an annihilation of a city by a neutron bomb—Rudy Waltz, aka Deadeye Dick, takes us along on a zany search for absolution and happiness. Here is a tale of crime and punishment that makes us rethink what we believe . . . and who we say we are. Minorite Church Vienna by Adolf Hitler 1910-1912Our narrator is the son of the artist who befriended Adolf Hitler. The recipes, who expected those?St Elmo's recipe: a mixture of grain alcohol, opium, and cocaine, it won't hurt you unless you stop taking it.CR Deadeye Dick3* Slaughterhouse-Five4* Cat's Cradle5* Mother Night3* GalápagosTR A Man Without a CountryTR Bluebeard4* God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian TR Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage 3* Report on the Barnhouse Effect3* Thanasphere

  • Daniel Montgolfier
    2019-06-15 18:52

    Before this, I had read a number of Vonnegut titles. But, unlike all of his other works that i have encountered, this one had a significant lack of "science" as far as the "science fiction" goes. There was no space opera that we find in The Sirens of Titan. There were no aliens, like in Slaughter-house 5 (and no time travel either). There was not a single gram of Ice-Nine nor was there an omniscient narrator that met his colorful creations at the end to give them advice. Apart from a neutron bomb at the end (which is a very real weapon), the book was largely mundane. But, it is this mediocrity that makes it exceptional. Vonnegut has shown us the portrait of Midland City, in crystal clear 3D imaging. And, in doing so, he has provided us with a portrait of the quintessential American suburb. The main characters in this book all come from this negligible point on the map, and they all share in common key events: the local production of a Broadway flop, the worst blizzard of 1960, the double murder of an innocent mother and her unborn child, the senior prom of a certain Felix Waltz, and the atomic destruction of every life within city limits. These events may seem chaotically assembled, with no clear pattern between them. But, hey, so does the Midwest. Everyone's favorite scifi satirist has proven in Deadeye Dick that he can take even the ordinary and turn it into something his readers just can't stop thinking about. Good job, Kurt!

  • Michael Gallone
    2019-05-31 10:41

    Personally, this is one of, if not, my most favorite book of all time. I feel like it doesn't get as much praise as it should in the way that Vonnegut gives you a character that is human, but because of his life has become something more like a creature than anything else and finds so much difficulty interacting with other humans and able to understand the things they do and what he should do because he has been made out to be so alien from the moments when he was young all the way up to adulthood. The situations Rudy gets himself into are hilarious, but sad at the same time and it leaves you questioning the things you're laughing at and if you should be laughing at all. It's uncomfortable at times and emotionally confusing and I think that makes it really moving. I loved it. Check it out!

  • SoLe Puella
    2019-06-09 14:43

    Oko sokolovo (Deadeye Dick) jedan je pravi vašar sjebanosti. Mislim da je to sintagma koja će mi definitivno biti dugo prva asocijacija na ovu knjigu. Dobar vašar, naravno. A zašto? Evo samo nekih stvari koje su stale u priču o jednoj porodici u jednom gradiću i nekim osoba koje su na ovaj ili onaj način dovedene s njima u ovakvu ili onakvu vezu: nezdravi porodični odnosi, posljedice (nuklearnog) naoružanja, amfetamini, konzumerizam, rasizam, životinjska priroda čovjeka, nasilje, ratovanje... A sve prikazano tako da vas nerijetko tjera da se smijete stepenu apsurdnosti, ali pri tome osjećate grč, jer znate da je taj humor proistekao iz nevjerovatno razgranate ljudske sjebanosti.

  • chirantha
    2019-06-05 12:04

    I like different Vonnegut novels for different reasons. I enjoyed the space epic that was The Sirens of Titan for the scale of its journey. I liked Slaughterhouse-5 for the incredibly powerful anti-war message it conveyed —not to mention its absurd sadness. Mother Night was beautiful in a picturesque way. I actually thought Galapagos was a little dry, but the ideas it explored made it more memorable than some other works. What was common to all of them was the strength of the satire and the gripping prose that made it a pleasure to devour these novels.The plot of Deadeye Dick is something I fear I'll forget when I think back to it. I'll remember Rudy Waltz's unfortunate double murder and the name he had to live with forevermore, but everything else will likely remain blurry with only the characters' attempts at escapes from their demons remaining vaguely memorable. Nevertheless, what I will remember about Deadeye Dick is the emotions that I had the fortune of tangling with whilst reading. I'll remember how gripping the novel was, I'll remember wading through the characters' sadness and melancholy, I'll remember the glimpses of the terrifying and most importantly, I'll remember how certain parts were able to unleash my laughter.While it may not measure up to other Vonnegut novels, I can safely say that I thought Deadeye Dick was absolutely brilliant.

  • Ewan
    2019-06-19 18:40

    The weakest Vonnegut book I've read so far (having read all except Player Piano and Hocus Pocus). Very little in the way of a story, which is not always a bad thing in itself, but it feels rather aimless and doesn't really go anywhere. It's a shame as it's full of brilliant Vonnegut-isms, little philosophical witticisms and remarks, but there's nothing really to hang it on. Actually, thinking about it, there is quite a lot going on, but it's rather a mess and without some kind of direction or story to hold it together, it reads less like a novel and somewhat like a compendium of existential sadness, and not in a good way.As a Vonnegut fan I do not regret reading this, but it's not one I'll return to in a hurry, and I certainly would not recommend it to someone new to Vonnegut.

  • Tyler
    2019-06-21 18:44

    To be honest I'm a bit of a Vonnegut fanboy. And by a "bit" I mean, "He's my favourite author." I like everything I've ever read by him, a lot. I just love his writing style, I love how he uses simplistic language but explores much bigger, heavier issues with it. I love his brand of satire. I love his weirdness, how he often puts slightly odd plots and plot devices in his books. While Deadeye Dick isn't his best, it's still pretty awesome. He expertly explores the death of innocence. While I'm reading a Vonnegut novel, I never realize just how dark everything is. I don't take it all in. It isn't until after I read a plot summary that I go, "Well, this is some depressing shit." I think that was a gift Vonnegut had: he could tackle this kind of stuff with finesse. Not too depressing, but obviously not upbeat. He can make you laugh, make you sad.Vonnegut was so ridiculously talented.Deadeye Dick isn't a long book. It's everything I expect in Vonnegut. He flip-flops between different areas in the characters lives. Vonnegut is the type of author that can tell you exactly how something is going to end and the journey is so interesting and memorable you keep reading. Deadeye Dick is just like that.While it's not Cat's Cradle, The Sirens of Titan, Slaughterhouse-Five (I appreciate that it's a classic but it's not my favourite Vonnegut) or Breakfast of Champions (He didn't really like it, but it's really the only book by him that made me cry, and I really really like it), Deadeye Dick is worth a read, especially if you love that conversational, satirical style that he had.

  • Denis
    2019-06-01 13:41

    This is the Vonnegut novel that called death, "shut his or her peep-hole". This is the Vonnegut novel that had cooking recipes sprinkled here and there throughout. And dialogue written in the form of short plays as well. This is the novel that had the misinformation about the Creole language only being in the present tense and the neutron bomb not wrecking anything but the living things. And so on.This is a most depressing novel about a small town in Ohio that nobody cares about. Where all the people that live in it are frauds. The novel that has a twelve year old committing an accidental ... Its a novel about the line where one's life ends and becomes an epilogue.Not my favourite Vonnegut novel but a great one just the same.

  • Laura
    2019-06-03 13:00

    3.5 starsI've read better by Vonnegut, but this was still a delight.His discussion about a person's story vs their epilogue was enlightening. I'll definitely be thinking about it for some time.

  • Deedles
    2019-05-28 15:57

    I'm from way up north where the blueberries grow; where high school shuts down for the opening of deer season and kids learn to load buckshot before they hit puberty. If you do something in the morning, everyone will sure as shit have already heard about it by evening. It's safe to say that I live in a small town. And this, in a way, is sort of what this story is about. Rudy Waltz is the infamous Deadeye Dick of Midland, Ohio. Everyone knows him, and what he did, and those hometown nicknames are hard to shake off. Especially when you deserve them. Small towns are weird. If you have a lick of talent, everyone thinks you are great, but you get out in the real world and realize you were just a big fish in a small backasswards pond. You swear to God Almighty that you are going to get out of this stupid place and never come back, but you find yourself sucked back in with the rest of the folk that couldn't manage to do anything with their lives or break away from the safety of a close-knit community. And there you are, working the same job at the mill your daddy did.There is a lot more to this story than just small-town midwestern living. But this is what resonated the most with me. What else can I say about this book other than I love it? Vonnegut is a master of irony and this story hits home in a lot of ways. It is simultaneously bizarre, funny, and heartbreaking -- like you would expect with a Kurt Vonnegut book. It's a story of a life of broken people, missed opportunities, and sheer luck.

  • Chris
    2019-06-24 12:44

    Vonnegut is back at full strength! I'm reading his novels in chronological sequence and the two written after Breakfast of Champions were a disappointment at best. With Deadeye Dick, his power returns, with a more mature end-of-life perspective. Even though Vonnegut was only 59 while writing it, you get the feeling that his personal story has ended, and its epilogue has begun. This is not a guess: he admits it for himself, through his characters, and is a main theme of the book.Between its opening lines"To the as-yet-unborn, to all innocent wisps of undifferentiated nothingness: watch out for life."and its final judgement"And you want to know something? We are still in the Dark Ages. The Dark Ages—they haven't ended yet."is a deeply emotional modern fable I will not soon forget. It will be interesting how he follows (of course, followed)up on this one.

  • Kyle Steele
    2019-06-04 14:41

    I finished this book for two reasons: 1. I'm a Kurt Vonneget fan and want to read all of his books. 2. I don't like to start a book and not finish it. That's it. I can't say that I enjoyed this book, or really remember too much about it. The plot was almost pointless and it was beyond jaded. It's saving grace (for Vonneget fans) is that it gave some insight into his view of the world, which was nice. However, I wouldn't suggest this book to anyone other than those people who want to read everything by him. And if you're that person, save this book for last, I guess. It really wasn't very good, and that pains me to say. I love Vonnegut and, until this book, have yet to be disappointed. With that said, no book deserves one star. It had a plot. The story had a point and made that point. The characters were mostly realistic and the dialogue was fine.

  • britt_brooke
    2019-06-16 16:41

    “To the as-yet-unborn, to all innocent wisps of undifferentiated nothingness: Watch out for life.” Life is the opening and closing of “peepholes” in time, each peephole telling a story. There’s quite a bit going on here, but it focuses largely on the loss of innocence, life’s story, and life’s epilogue. Rudy Waltz fast became one of my favorite KV creations. His recipes and memory playlets added a layer of complexity to the character and style. As always, Vonnegut is the master of satire.

  • Lee Foust
    2019-06-21 17:07

    Another review lost when Firefox crashed... Sigh. Start again.Although Deadeye Dick was written by a seasoned Vonnegut, at the height of his skill as a master of American diction in prose, this novel just doesn't quite come together for me 100%. The witty, pithy, and yet still heartrendingly human and vulnerable sentiments that are Vonnegut's trademarks are here in spades. Bravo! A good read indeed. But, but, something seems to be missing from this one, something I can't quite put my finger on.The novel has themes, actions, and some symbols--which the author explains to us in the preface. Is this what put me off? Was there nothing to do as a reader except stand passively by and observe what had already been explained to me? Or is it perhaps the novel's primary message which somehow made it impossible for the novel to actually be what we've come to call a novel.Let me explain: The main event of the narrative is an act both so random as to be absurd and yet so horrific in its occurrence as to seem to demand explanation. That is as much to say, then, that the novel is about the insufficiency of the traditional narrative to explain some of the most dire events--exactly the events that we seem to need to explain the most. This is a revelation I thought I had come to on my own, and much of my own recent writing has been about this very situation: how much we rely on traditional narrative forms to understand the universe and how insufficient that is in actually making sense out of the universe. (I'm currently composing a novel in frames in which six storytellers spend a week telling each other tales through the night. Therefore, in my novel, narrative itself--as it is in my master Boccaccio's Decameron--becomes a major theme. My point in composing such a text is that we have need of new narrative--even non-narrative--narrative forms in order to really understand--or understand a little better--the actual chaos that is the universe--which, in the end, may not be narrative at all. I'll go out on a limb here and say that it's not, destroying the foundations of all human religion, science, and philosophy in a single sentence. Take that!) However, I had read Deadeye Dick nearly thirty years ago, I believe, when I was studying abroad in Florence, Italy, in 1989. Probably I hadn't really come to the conclusion that much of even the so-called human sciences are framed by classical narrative: history, for example, turns events into recognizable tales of personality and intent, success and/or failure, and then consequences. Anthropology studies our need for and the forms that our (humankind in general) stories take. And. let's face it, religion and politics are all about exploiting stories in order to control people--sometimes to make them empathetic and moral, sometimes to take their cash or to get them to do horrible things to unbelievers or foreigners or, preferably, both--this explains why politics and religion tend to flock together.Connecting these thoughts makes me like Deadeye Dick better than I thought I did when I began writing this review. If that's really what the novel is saying. I guess if I say that's what it's saying then that's what it's saying because the moral of a story is in the eye of the beholding reader, no? This is why I personally believe the greatest story ever told not to be the passion of the Christ but rather "The Emperor's New Clothes." That tale's logic works as a metaphor for art and story-telling as well as the other, societal conformities that it's commonly interpreted as lambasting. This is also why Boccaccio is such an important author/ity to me. Stories about story telling are not only about story telling; they're about the human mind, about conformity, deceit, religion, politics. They are pure historiography and anthropology, baby. They tell us not what we need to know but maybe how we need to know. That's important maybe. To a writer anyway.

  • Russel
    2019-06-01 15:41

    there's something about most Vonnegut novels that isn't dull exactly but plodding and precious and v one dimensional. like it is impossible to think that it will matter if you finish the book or not. nothing will happen.

  • Eliska
    2019-06-11 16:41

    Černý až cynický román o tom, jak tragédie z mládí prostoupila celým životem jednoho člověka a jeho rodiny a vlastně i malého amerického městečka. Hlavní hrdina žije tak, jako by sám sebe trestal za to, co v deseti letech způsobil. Celá ta bezútěšnost jeho života je ještě více zvýrazněna pozadím války, drog i dalších neúspěchů, které ho potkávají. Vyznívá to jako kritika nebo satira o nicotnosti a marnosti lidského života vůbec. Přestože kniha obsahuje mnoho skvělých myšlenek a úvah, musím říci, že mě nijak zvlášť nezasáhla.

  • John Box
    2019-06-24 15:10

    A wise man once said, ‘The key to happiness is low expectations.’Despite being that wise man, I failed to heed my sage advice and went into this book with fairly lofty expectations because it’s Vonnegut.It’s basically a non-chronological auto-biography of the main character, Rudy Waltz, and centers around the following line."That is my principal objection to life, I think: It is too easy, when alive, to make perfectly horrible mistakes."He begins by telling us that his father, Otto Waltz, was born into a wealthy family that earned their fortune principally by selling a quack medicine known as “Saint Elmo’s Remedy.” Otto takes advantage of his family’s affluence to travel to Europe to become an artist where he makes one of his perfectly horrible mistakes by befriending a young Hitler and then preaching the new social order when he returns to his hometown of Midland City, Ohio at the beginning of Hitler’s ascent.A second perfectly horrible mistake is the accidental detonation of a neutron bomb in Midland City which kills everyone in the area but leaves all the buildings and infrastructure intact.A third perfectly horrible mistake is committed by Rudy at the tender age of 12 and leads to him living a neutered life where he tries to make amends for his crime by waiting hand and foot on his parents for as long as they live while being as non-existent as possible.Throughout the book, Rudy sprinkles in detailed cooking recipes, and despite racking my brain to figure out why (alright, maybe I didn’t rack my brain, but I most definitely asked it politely to storm a few reasons), I’ve got nothing. Except that maybe there’s a few people out there who enjoy reading cooking recipes with their literature.All in all, while the story is flat and somewhat rambling, it did have its fair share of interesting thoughts and witty lines. And there is a quite powerful (and topical at the time of this review) appeal for gun control which I take as the book’s underlying message.But the fatal flaw of this book is that Vonnegut calls Saint Elmo’s Remedy a quack medicine and goes on to describe it as grain alcohol dyed purple, flavored with cloves and sarsaparilla root, and laced with opium and cocaine. That’s a fucking wonderdrug! How is that not in every Walgreens on the planet?!I give Deadeye Dick 3.5 stars (rounded up to 4 here) but would only recommend it if you go into it with very low expectations so that you’re not disappointed. Although there’s a good chance that you still will be so don’t give me no gruff if you are.Bonus quote:"The actress playing Celia could ask why God had ever put her on earth. And then the voice from the back of the theater could rumble: 'To reproduce. Nothing else really interests Me. All the rest is frippery.'"That’s God telling us to get it on!!! So send me some naked pics ladies and let’s keep this party going.

  • Oriana
    2019-06-07 14:41

    I picked this up because I wanted to read a Kurt Vonnegut book that I haven't read before, and neither the title or the back-cover synopsis sounded familiar to me. But it only took a chapter to realize that I have indeed read this before, probably several times. And that's the thing about Kurt Vonnegut I've always found bewildering: His books are so good, right? But, with the exception of Cat's Cradle and Breakfast of Champions (and Slaughterhouse Five, obvs), I never remember them for more than a few days after I've finished. I don't know why that is, because he is nothing if not insanely detailed. There are so many characters, and everyone has a backstory and frontstory and friends and desires and funny things to say, and his plots are so rambling and strange and back-and-forth and unique, and his dialogue is believable and well paced. And on and on and on. So what gives?Anyway, if only for my own reference the next time I try to pick this up, thinking I've never read it before, here's a quick plot rundown (spoilers to follow, if anyone cares). Otto and Emma Waltz are incredibly wealthy and frivolous, he a fraud of an artist, she a debutante. They get married and live in a huge old carriage house. They have two sons, Rudy and Felix. Felix goes off to war, and then Rudy accidentally shoots a woman (he is twelve). His father (sort of) takes the fall and does a little time in prison. The husband of the woman killed sues the Waltzes for everything they have, and since neither parent has ever washed a dish or folded a blanket or cooked so much as a piece of toast, Rudy becomes their personal servant. There's a lot more (the book is told in flashback after both parents are dead and Rudy and Felix own a hotel in Haiti), but I'm tired and I said I would only do a synopsis anyway.

  • Bookhode
    2019-06-02 17:01

    I am not really sure why I liked Deadeye Dick. When you talk about this book, there is not much you can say about the plot, or the characters, or even about a message it should deliver. In many ways, this is a book about nothing, but it somehow manages to remain interesting in almost Seinfeldesque way.The novel is a personal life story told by Rudy Waltz, who got the nickname Deadeye Dick as a kid when he accidentally shot a pregnant woman. In the resulting lawsuit, Waltz's previously rich family lost pretty much everything, and Rudy spent the rest of his reclusive life taking care of his spoiled parents, and struggling with the permanent sense of guilt. Mostly isolated from the world and avoiding any human contact, Rudy's only pleasures were cooking (the book actually contains a bunch of detailed recipes which reminded me of Chuck Palahniuk's pointless do-it-yourself intermissions), and writing a theater play about places he never saw and people he never understood.There are many signature Vonnegut traits in this story, including eccentric parents, connections with Nazi Germany, a random disaster (accidental Neutron bomb explosion that wipes out the entire city), and there are also some places and characters from Breakfast of Champions making another appearance. Combined with the author's easily recognizable writing style, his unique tone and his dark humor, Deadeye Dick creates a very familiar and pleasant surrounding for long time fans. This was my 6th Vonnegut novel, and while it's not as poignant and it does not have a universally strong message like some of his best works, Deadeye Dick was still good enough effort to make me feel like I want to return to the author some more in the future.

  • Derek Davis
    2019-06-16 13:04

    Warning: Don't read this novel if your house has burned down or somebody shot your dog. Written two years before Vonnegut's 1984 attempted suicide, it's the most depressing and depressive novel I've ever read.The narrator, Rudy Waltz, as a teen accidentally shot and killed a pregnant woman while minding his father's gun collection. His father, a wealthy but totally untalented would-be artist in Midland City, Indiana, after a brief friendship with Hitler bought and outfitted a massive carriage house which he turned into a home. Rudy's mother has never done anything and never will. His bother Felix, married five times, has spent much of his life subsisting on drugs and clothes. Father and mother lose their fortune in a law suit and seldom bother to dress during the day. Midland City has produced no one of note and was mentioned on national news only for an historic blizzard. Its inhabitants vary from the odd to the vicious. It is later depopulated by a neutron bomb which leaves the buildings intact. Rudy, now in late middle age, has never had a girlfriend, never had sex, considers himself a neuter and finds life to be an odd, meaningless experiment. Though some of these incidents might be classified as spoilers, revealing them makes no difference as far as the novel is concerned.Little of Vonnegut's vaunted humor is present until near the end, and then in a bitter, skewering mode.So why four stars? Because, as always, Vonnegut is express-train readable, his simplest sentences doing strange little jigs and backflips just when you think they've gone to sleep. Not his best, certainly, but worth the trip.

  • Nick Baam
    2019-05-26 19:08

    Cannot believe Vonnegut ever wrote a better book than this. Brilliant from beginning to end.Some gems:"If a person survives an ordinary span of sixty years or more, there is every chance that his or her life as a shapely story has ended, and all that remains to be experienced is epilogue. Life is not over, but the story is."And: "I suppose that's really what so many American women are complaining about these days: They find their lives short on story and overburdened with epilogue."And: "It is virtually impossible to harm a Timex watch. For some reason, the less you pay for a watch, the surer you can be that it will never stop."And: "We were raised by servants -- do you know that? This lady here out to get switches and coal every Mother's Day! My brother and I know so much about black people and so little about white people, we should be in a minstrel show."This is the type of offbeat book where one misstep, and the whole enterprise comes crashing down. But there's not a single one. What a book, what an imagination. Even the intermittent recipes... I've seen that done in another book, I forget which, and it worked. Here, it's perfect. I might even try the recipes.

  • Tasha Robinson
    2019-06-19 18:40

    Just read this for the first time, and found it to be pretty minor Vonnegut on the Vonnegut scale. It's interesting to see him working with a more conventional plot, and less with unconventional philosophy, and channeling his signature cynicism into plot developments rather than explanations of the world for the readers, but there just wasn't much surprising here, particularly compared with his later works, essays, and short fiction. The ending was pretty unsatisfying, and the intro where he lays out his symbolism (the unappreciated, abandoned arts center is Vonnegut's head, the neutered protagonist is his libido, etc.) made the whole thing seem like an exercise in wandering personal exploration and obscuration. Still very readable, and I really enjoyed the epigram (supposedly from Plato) about the man who'd lost interest in sex due to his advanced age comparing to being allowed to dismount from a bucking, wild stallion. Worth reading, just not insightful and funny on the level I normally expect from Vonnegut.

  • Cristhian
    2019-06-20 16:56

    Ouquei.Antes que nada, solo leí este libro por el hecho de que se encuentra dentro del mismo microverso de Breakfast for Champions (praise, praise, praise!) es decir la siempre rara Midland City donde se mencionan a los Hoover y otras referencias a ese libro.La premisa es interesante: una bomba de neutrones arrasó con todos los pobladores anteriores y ahora se vive una vida normal sobre los restos de los que alguna vez la habitaron. Ain't that cool? Yep, it is. El problema es que no se explora mucho eso (bueno no es problema, si no que simplemente me hubiera gustado que se tratase solo de eso en lugar de un clásico Vonnegut: sociedad que no acepta a las personas y las juzga sin conocer su pasado y demonios internos).No es mala, me gustó pero vamos no es God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater ni mucho menos se les acerca a sus dos obras maestras. Entretiene y listo, y a veces eso basta, no hace falta exigir joyas en cada publicación.3.3/5

  • Chris
    2019-06-17 19:04

    Deadeye Dick isn't one of Vonnegut's most famous books, but I think it's among his best. It's funny and mordant (obviously), but I really like the structure of the book. The point of the book is that life is unpredictable and takes you by surprise, which is reflected in the structure. Very early in the book we learn that the narrator, Rudy Waltz, runs a hotel in Haiti with a voodoo head waiter. He lives there because his hometown was wiped out by a neutron bomb. The reader expects that the story will follow a path similar to Cat's Cradle, with the end of the world, the Carribean, and weird religions.But instead, these momentus events are after-thoughts. The real focus of the story is something Rudy does as a boy, accidentally, that affects the rest of his life. Rudy's life is a surprise to the reader as well as to him.

  • Jesse
    2019-06-09 16:57

    It would be a dangerous thing, I think, to read too much Vonnegut in too short a period. It would cause the weaker among us (i.e. me) to probably fall into a slight depression which only gargantuan amounts of Looney Tunes and Reese's Pieces would cure. Deadeye Dick, like most everything else I've read by Vonnegut, is so funny that you don't realize until you've finished just how monstrously bummed-out the guy is making you. It's a brilliant book. It hurts a lot. It's probably not his best. But I always thought Slaughterhouse-5 and Cat's Cradle a little overrated. It's in the more (generally speaking) "minor" works like this one that Vonnegut shines as one of the great authors of American literature. I recommend it to any and all.

  • Samantha
    2019-06-23 11:08

    It's been a while since I read Vonnegut, but this novel has renewed my thirst for his works. The commentary in this book is hilarious and completely on point - I think this might be one of my favorite of Vonnegut's works. I love black humor and I love his writing style and the intelligence of his work is always so great. I busted through this book over the course of a few hours, spread out over a highly productive day, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I'm so glad I decided to dive into this book. It was a great read.

  • Patrick Book
    2019-06-23 10:52

    This might be, in my opinion, Vonnegut's most under-rated work. He turns a magnifying glass on a small Midwestern American city and creates a stirring portrait of characters whose lives are tightly intertwined, their tragedies echoing and rebounding off of each others' tragedies, rippling endlessly and so on. The interconnectivity of suburban life, its boredom and excess, are all presented her in a tragicomic fashion that is quintessentially Vonnegut. Never has death on such a grand scale been so absurdly hilarious.

  • Jeremiah Wood
    2019-06-05 18:06

    This was my first Kurt Vonnegut book. Vonnegut was recommended by a friend who thought I would enjoy his satirical works and cynical, otherworldly humor. Quite frankly, she hit the nail on the head. "Deadeye Dick" was even more than I could ever imagine, with fascinating, complex characters, clever writing, and disturbing, yet thought-provoking scenarios.I anticipate what other surprises Vonnegut has in store for me!