Sunday, 31 August 2014

Deadeye Dick, by Kurt Vonnegut

3 stars

Telling the non-chronological tale of Rudy Waltz, who is given his titular nickname at 12 years old when he becomes a double-murderer, Deadeye Dick is both an illustration of life being nothing but a series of mistakes and accidents and, in the same week that an American child has accidentally killed a gun instructor while handling a sub-machine gun, a powerful argument for gun control.

Never quite sparkling as brilliantly as Breakfast of Champions, Slaughterhouse 5 or Sirens of Titan, there are still enough flashes its wry observations to make sure that while its subject matter may be depressing, reading it isn't.

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