If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice to the Young-The Graduation Speeches

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UPC:
9781609805913
Maximum Purchase:
3 units
Binding:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
2014-04-08
Release Date:
2014-04-08
Author:
Kurt Vonnegut
Language:
english
Edition:
First Edition / First Printing

Best known as one of our most astonishing and enduring contemporary novelists, Kurt Vonnegut was also a celebrated commencement address giver. He himself never graduated college, so his words to any class of graduating seniors always carried the delight, and gentle irony, of someone savoring an achievement he himself had not had occasion to savor on his own behalf.

Selected and introduced by fellow novelist and friend Dan Wakefield, the speeches in If This Isnt Nice, What Is? capture this side of Kurt Vonnegut for the first time in book form. There are nine speeches, seven given at colleges, one to the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, one on the occasion of Vonnegut receiving the Carl Sandburg Award. In each of these talks Vonnegut takes pains to find the few things worth saying and a conversational voice to say them in that isnt heavy-handed or pretentious or glib, but funny and serious and joyful even if sometimes without seeming so.