I’ve never read anything by Kurt Vonnegut before, which is kind of a lie because I read Slaughterhouse-Five in high school, but also kind of true because high school reading hardly counts, especially when you realize at the time that it’s totally over your head. So. As an introduction to Vonnegut goes, this’ll do. It’s hard to complain when it’s a slender 78 pages, and most of those pages are largely white space. No jokes, folks, this will take you under an hour to read.
First broadcast on the radio as a series of shorts, GBYDK is a collection of short interviews with people who are, in fact, dead. Vonnegut, with the assistance of the dread Dr Kevorkian, undergoes controlleed near-death experiences in order to acquire these interviews. Hitler isn’t speaking to a lot of reporters these days.
Besides the Fuhrer, Vonnegut such notables as Sir Isaac Newton, William Shakespeare, and a bunch of other people who I’m sure are quite famous but whom I’ve never heard of. If you’ve heard of them, you’ll probably get the jokes. Even though (as with my high school Slaughterhouse-Five incident) I could see loads of this book zooming past me without stopping to let me in on the funny, I really enjoyed it. Again, it’s hard to fault a book that you couldn’t even take to the gym with you because you were afraid you’d finish reading it before you were finished stair-mastering, and that would be a disaster.