Kurt Vonnegut, Suzanne McConnell – Pity the Reader


The art and craft of writing by one of the few grandmasters of American literature, a bonanza for writers and listeners written by Kurt Vonnegut’s former student.

Here is an entirely new side of Kurt Vonnegut, Vonnegut as a teacher of writing. Of course he’s given us glimpses before, with aphorisms and short essays and articles and in his speeches. But never before has an entire book been devoted to Kurt Vonnegut the teacher. Here is pretty much everything Vonnegut ever said or wrote having to do with the writing art and craft, altogether a healing, a nourishing expedition. McConnell has outfitted us for the journey, and in these 37 chapters covers the waterfront of how one American writer brought himself to the pinnacle of the writing art, and we can all benefit as a result.

Kurt Vonnegut was one of the few grandmasters of American literature, whose novels continue to influence new generations about the ways in which our imaginations can help us to live. Few aspects of his contribution have not been plumbed – 14 novels, collections of his speeches, his essays, his letters, his plays – so this fresh view of him, written by a former student, is a bonanza for writers and listeners and Vonnegut fans everywhere.

Author: Kurt Vonnegut, Suzanne McConnell
Narrator: Karen White
Duration: 12 hours 1 min
Released: 19 May 2011
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Language: English

User Review:

sprinkler middle-class

Narrarator sounds utterly insufferable. Couldn’t even get through the intro. It’s like they went to The New Yorker or a Cape Cod country club and asked for the most pompous person there.