Look at the Birdie is the second posthumous collection by Kurt Vonnegut. The first was Armageddon in Retrospect, which came out last year.
I thought this collection was a lot better than Armageddon in Retrospect. Armageddon had some good stories, but there were a few I wasn’t crazy about. I really enjoyed every story in Look at the Birdie. It’s a very solid collection.
Here’s one of my favorite passages, from the story “A Song for Selma” –
Ernest Groper, the physics teacher, joined the group. He was a rude, realistic, bomb-shaped man, at war with sloppy thinking. As he transferred his lunch from his tray to the table, he gave the impression that he was obeying the laws of motion voluntarily, with gusto – not because he had to obey them but because he thought they were darn fine laws.
I read somewhere that one of the next posthumous books by Kurt Vonnegut will be a collection of letters. I’m excited for this, I’ve read some of his letters and I really enjoyed them.
Look at the Birdie is currently available from The Book Depository for 50% off.
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