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Here is the adventure of Eugene Debs Hartke He's a Vietnam veteran a jazz pianist a college professor and a pr. The excrement has hit the air conditioning big timeWhile I found Kurt Vonnegut's Hocus Pocus interesting this might well be my least favorite Vonnegut book Our protagonist Eugene Debs Hartke is named for the political activitist Eugene Debs and anti war Senator Vance Hartke Debs’ most famous uote “while there is a lower class I am in it and while there is a criminal element I am of it and while there is a soul in prison I am not free” appears numerous times in the book As he awaits trial Hartke admits that he is nothing like his namesakes He’s a Vietnam War vet and college professor who gets into trouble for his views on history and apocalyptic events Like Mother Night this novel is a sort of confession from our protagonist; however Hartke’s stated purpose is to name all the women he’s slept with and determine how many people he killed in the war Friend and fellow Vietnam War soldier Jack Patton hails from Wyoming His rejoinder to nearly every situation “I had to laugh like hell” is a refrain in the early going of the novel Hartke ends up marrying Jack Patton’s sister; insanity which Hartke discusses in great detail just happens to run in the family This made me think about references to Wyoming that I’ve noticed in a couple Vonnegut novels I’d remembered the reference in Slaughterhouse Five Wild Bob tells fellow prisoner Billy Pilgrim that if he’s ever in Cody Wyoming “just ask for Wild Bob” Don’t know if Vonnegut had any connection to Wyoming or what his impressions of Wyoming might have been but it made me curious If anyone knows I’d like to hear That said this Vonnegut novel didn't really take me anywhere I hadn't been before It is full of Vonnegut’s insights and I was happy enough reading it until the ending just seemed to drop out of nowhere 35 stars “Being an American means never having to say you're sorry” Informal Work Talks and Teachings you're sorry”
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Arkington College where he teaches the excrement is about to hit the air conditioning And its all Eugene's fau. THE COMPLICATED FUTILITY OF IGNORANCE I had to laugh like hellReading Hocus Pocus hard on the heels of Brave New World Amusing Ourselves to Death and various other socialpolitical material certainly gave a new depth to this amazing novel I've owned it for uite a few years but had never uite gotten around to reading it I suppose there is a time and a place for everything because I would not have resonated with this novel as strongly at any other time Life seems to be in Vonnegut's view one long complicated and futile struggle indeed A perpetual motion machine into which we keep inputting energy hoping for a different result Even the best of intentions and rarely do humans really have those can so easily go astray While some see Vonnegut as satire and others seem him as endlessly and hopelessly depressing I see him in a role similar to that of the main character of this book a Preacher; a ProfessorAnd the lessons Vonnegut has to teach us range all over society and politics from scathing denunciations of war particularly Vietnam about nothing but the ammunition business and our treatment of returning soldiers through the unethical and greedy action of the rich in the stock market in the book's 2001 most of America is owned by the Japanese and many of the ruling class have lost their fortunes in a stock market scam that would have floored Bernie Madoff to the state of our prisons once again race segregated and the utterly impossible divide between the haves and the have nots Oh and the environment hopelessly mangled and experiencing climate change and the energy crisis Let's not forgot thoseThe main character Eugene Debs Hartke is indeed named after the Eugene Debs to whom the book is dedicated and the reader should take note of this early marker for direction and interpretationHartke is an anti hero soldier criminal teacher fraud compassionate husband passionate adulterer But he tries God how he tries He just wants to make people happy give them some comfort give them some knowledge Unfortunately knowledge has a tendency to make the Ruling Class sueamishly uncomfortable The Board of Trustees of Tarkington College where our anti hero teaches after returning from Vietnam actually tells an applicant for Professor of Physics that she would never whether in class or on social occasions discuss politics or history or economics or sociology with students And when Hartke is called to account by that same board for telling the truth of the world as he sees it mostly unwittingly or while drunk he is let go what you do to the Servant Class while people in the Workforce are fired and Soldiers are discharged How he subseuently ends up teaching at the Black Prison across the lake run for profit by the Japanese at a fraction of the cost of the State's running of it surviving a mass inmate escape becoming mayor of his conseuently abandoned ghost town and eventually imprisoned in his own library and dying of tuberculosis forms the majority of the rest of the narrativeBut the narrative is not nearly as interesting in my opinion as the landscape Hartke inhabits Published in 1990 the parasitic germs of Vonnegut's speculative future only ten years out had not only already been planted but were already beginning to devour their host A country in which the Yen is a stable and accepted currency in the US of A alongside the dilapidated dollar got a wheelbarrow a tank of gas costs a small fortune the rivers are clogged with non biodegradable plastic bottles and a new ice age is bearing down on it allSome reviewers have said that Vonnegut tends to hit one over the head with the moral of his stories over and over again He does but in such a thought provoking and indeed sometimes hilarious way that I wanted On profanity profanity and obscenity entitle people who don't want unpleasant information to close their ears and eyes to youOn the class system Down with the Ruling ClassOn joining the military to be put in a soldier suit and turned into a homicidal suicidal imbecile in 13 weeksOn the class system and joining the military not one of them the Board of Trustees had allowed a son or daughter to be sent over there VietnamOn being a teacher All I ever wanted to overthrow was ignorance and self serving fantasiesOn America human slavery has in fact never gone away People want to come here because it is so easy to rob the poor people who get absolutely no protection from the Government There are bridges falling down and water mains breaking because of no maintenance There are oil spills and radioactive waste and poisoned auifers and looted banks and liuidated corporations And nobody ever gets punished for anything Being an American means never having to say you're sorry On the most brilliantly cruel and sadly realistic business scheme ever Microsecond Arbitrage Incorporated That swindle claimed to be snapping up bargains in food and shelter and clothing and fuel and medicine and raw materials and machinery and so on before people who really needed them could learn of their existence And the company's computers supposedly would get the people who really needed whatever it was to bid against each other running profits right through the roofAnd finally an epitaph for the planet We could have saved it but we were too doggone cheap
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Ognosticator of the apocalypse and other things Earth shattering But that's neither here no there Because at T. A biting satire with sharp teethAn often hilarious and all too often sadly accurate commentary on our culture and humanity as whole all wrapped up in a story about a Vietnam Veteran turned instructor that witnesses a mass prison break and eventually becomes a prisoner himself On pure plot we are being told the story by the main character Eugene Debs Hartke named for a Socialist Atheist raised by a pair of nit wits and then made to go to West Point by the paternal nit wit Eugene Hartke would have liked to go to a liberal arts college had a decent time and given a perfect outcome become a jazz pianist instead he became a professional soldier and was sent to Vietnam where he saw a lot of people die and did a lot of killing himself some even with his bare hands while others by the 'hocus pocus' of the rhetoric he spout to his inferiors Well there was a lot that went on in Vietnam that would come back again and again to Eugene there was a friend and eventual brother in law that 'laughed like hell' at just about everything perhaps he was 'not uite right' or perhaps he was wiser than the rest of us seeing just how ridiculous we all are it all is Well the actual war is just the beginning We have his post war life which was not all too kind to Eugene both a wife and mother in law that were insane and two kids that hated him for it Eugene also landed a job at a college that was for students with money but not capable of getting into any reputable institution for higher learning which happened to be right across the lake from the massive prison that would eventually be compromised and have the convicts swarming out which is the event that brings about his own imprisonment We also hear about his infidelities which are numerous In a nutshell that about sums up what transpires to our protagonist and all of it we know from early on what we don't know is how one thing leads to another and why that is what we learn as we read on The themes touched on range from capitalism racism religion class ism small mindedness a collapse of culture the pointlessness of war and general ignorance I would say the main theme which is a staple of Vonnegut's might very well be the utter ludicrousness of humanity in general A special note Trafalmadorians have a call out for those that love Slaughterhouse Five For me this was classic Vonnegut but it felt even less hopeful than normal or perhaps it's just me and I am in need of hope these days either way it felt a little depressing than witty fun lessons This one may suffer a bit from being published in 1990 and being set in 2001 much of his sooth saying came close to being true but others seemed rather off it was this based in reality in a time now just gone by that may made it feel slightly off to this humble reader Still a lot of things to take away just not perhaps up to the standards he himself set in some of his other works