Editorial Reviews. From Library Journal. Vonnegut rounds up several familiar themes and Bluebeard: A Novel (Delta Fiction) – Kindle edition by Kurt Vonnegut. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Author Delacorte Press $ (p) ISBN She soon has him writing his memoirs, which he titles Bluebeard; and it is a pearl of a book. Based on the novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Bluebeard is the fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, a one-eyed former artist of the Abstract Expressionist era.

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This supports the Maven widget and search functionality. Vonnegut’s alter ego, Rabo Karabekian, is already a fugitive from genocide. It has a more subtle humour that lends itself to better storytelling.

Search for ” Bluebeard ” on Amazon. Always aware that he is lucky to be alive, Karabekian grows up during the s in provincial California.

Bluebeard, the Autobiography of Rabo Karabekian — is a novel by best-selling vonnegjt Kurt Vonnegut. The protagonist just wants to live out his last days on his Long Island home but then is convinced by a seductive widow to write his own autobiography.

Thanks for the kind words. Sometimes it is more satirical: For me, the story was slow moving, and plodding until the reader discovers the secret in the barn. Rabo seems to emphasise the process of painting – the laying on of paint.

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This is maybe the fourth or fifth Vonnegut book I’ve read, having only been introduced to him recently, sadly. That’s his genius as far as I can see. The barn has no windows, and Karabekian has gone through the trouble of nailing one end shut and immobilizing the other with six padlocks.

Exhausted by the horrific panorama he has observed, Karabekain is repatriated in a daze to the United States. A portrait of a fictional town in the midwest that is home to a group of idiosyncratic and slightly neurotic characters.

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At the opening of the book, the narrator, Rabo Karabekianapologizes to the arriving guests: There are other forbidden places: There is a place where he uses a one-word sentence containing two letters, which says more than most writers can manage in a full chapter.

Karabekian is the narrator, and in addition to telling his own biography, he comments on modern art. Bluebeard is a fictional autobiography of a cranky old Armenian modern painter living alone on a beachside estate. Moving back and forth from pre-WWII to the present late ‘swe learn of Rabo’s colossal folly and successes as he grapples with a young romance, failed marriage, estranged sons, and the fiasco of the non-inferior latex paint, Sateen Dura Luxe that caused his paintings to disintegrate.

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Slapstick of Another Kind I would call this the most mature of any of Vonnegut’s books that I have read so far. Gregory makes Rabo promise to learn by heart the sentence, “The Emperor has no clothes. Bluebeard Vonnegut novel Very Blue Beard film. Mar 30, Arian rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: After the war, he attended University of Chicago as a graduate student in anthropology and also worked as a police reporter at the City News Bureau of Chicago.


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No one had his unique sense of bt and no one ever will. One thing I’ve discovered is that people tend to have different favorites of Vonnegut’s work. He covers the usual gamet of Vonnegut trademarks – WWII, a reactive protagonist as opposed to proactive how art can be quite useless etc That is what attracts us to serious paintings, I think: If it seems he is, it’s sarcastic.

And so I conclude with my single most favourite quotation from Bluebeard: Art and the artist in Kurt Vonnegut’s Bluebeard”. Those are all the plot points you are going to get from me. As a teenager, Karabekian gradually displays an extraordinary talent for draughtsmanship. The novel involves many other characters who would be poorly introduced by voonnegut in comparison to their richness as presented by Vonnegut.

He is being bullied into writing his memoirs by Polly Madison, a writer of cheap blockbuster novels.