Welcome to the Monkey House

Welcome to the Monkey House

A Collection of Short Works

eBook - 2011
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This short-story collection Welcome to the Monkey House (1968) incorporates almost completely Vonnegut's 1961 "Canary in a Cathouse," which appeared within a few months of Slaughterhouse-Five and capitalized upon that breakthrough novel and the enormous attention it suddenly brought. Drawn from both specialized science fiction magazines and the big-circulation general magazines (Saturday Evening Post, Colliers, etc.) which Vonnegut had been one of the few science writers to sell, the collection includes some of his most accomplished work. The title story may be his most famous--a diabolical government asserts control through compulsory technology removing orgasm from sex--but Vonnegut's bitterness and wit, not in his earlier work as poisonous or unshielded as it later became, is well demonstrated. Two early stories from Galaxy science fiction magazine and one from Fantasy & Science Fiction(the famous "Harrison Bergeron") show Vonnegut's careful command of a genre about which he was always ambivalent, stories like "More Stately Mansions" or "The Foster Portfolio" the confines and formula of a popular fiction of which he was always suspicious. Vonnegut's affection for humanity and bewilderment as its corruption are manifest in these early works. Several of these stories (those which appeared in Collier's) were commissioned by Vonnegut's Cornell classmate and great supporter Knox Burger, also born in 1922.
Publisher: [United States] : RosettaBooks : Made available through hoopla, 2011
ISBN: 9780795319105
079531910X
Call Number: EBOOK HOOPLA
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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Cheryl65
May 25, 2017

I especially liked the story "The Barnhouse Effect."

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msemos
Aug 09, 2015

some humorous and some unusual with a couple of misses well worth reading

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Alan Davies
Sep 16, 2014

My favourite collection of short stories, not just of Kurt Vonnegut's. He writes with a clarity that transcends the "science fiction" pigeonhole that his writing was usually put into.

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