The Resource Deadeye Dick, Kurt Vonnegut, (electronic resource)

Deadeye Dick, Kurt Vonnegut, (electronic resource)

Label
Deadeye Dick
Title
Deadeye Dick
Statement of responsibility
Kurt Vonnegut
Title variation
Kurt Vonnegut
Title variation remainder
novels 1976-1985
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Rudy Waltz (aka "Deadeye Dick") is the lead in this latter day Vonnegut novel. Waltz, our protagonist, moves through the book trying to make sense of a life that is rife with disaster; there is a double murder, a fatal dose of radioactivity, a decapitation, the total annihilation of a city by nuclear holocaust and, believe it or not, more. Waltz, a diarist, becomes symbolic of a person living a fraught post-technological life in which frailty is as likely to be a person's undoing as any bomb. Waltz finally reaches the point of resignation; a realization and understanding that there are things that are just beyond our control and understanding that make all human motive, ambition, and circumstance absolutely irrelevant. Waltz's search for meaning leads him ultimately to a kind of resignation which ought not be confused with understanding of any kind, for it is not. It is simple resignation. It is this theme of Vonnegut's--the impossibility of trying to live meaningfully in a meaningless world--that is ultimately central to this novel. Rudy Waltz (like some of Vonnegut's other protagonists, Billy Pilgrim or Howard Campbell) is ultimately only a stand-in for Vonnegut himself who is really narrating for us as the lead witness and character here--the philosopher who is telling us why and what for
Summary
A third volume of a definitive collection of the American satirist's fiction features four works from what has been considered the height of his storytelling prowess, including "Slapstick" and "Deadeye Dick."
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060696
Cataloging source
Midwest
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Vonnegut, Kurt
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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dictionaries
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Target audience
adult
Label
Deadeye Dick, Kurt Vonnegut, (electronic resource)
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Color
multicolored
Control code
MWT11327628
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
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  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780795319013
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11327628
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remote
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Deadeye Dick, Kurt Vonnegut, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Color
multicolored
Control code
MWT11327628
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780795319013
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11327628
Specific material designation
remote
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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