Editorial Reviews. From Library Journal. Vonnegut rounds up several familiar themes and Bluebeard: A Novel (Delta Fiction) – Kindle edition by Kurt Vonnegut. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Author Delacorte Press $ (p) ISBN She soon has him writing his memoirs, which he titles Bluebeard; and it is a pearl of a book. Based on the novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Bluebeard is the fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, a one-eyed former artist of the Abstract Expressionist era.

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I’m going to reread Breakfast of Champions next. Bluebeard is my favorite Vonnegut for one reason. In typical KV fashion, it touches on morality, war, and the human condition.

Rabo has secret places where either Circe cannot, or he will not let her go. Some articles have Google Maps embedded in them.

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I would call this the most mature of any of Vonnegut’s books that I have read so far. The last painting is the secret in vonnegjt potato barn. I love how Vonnegut is able to tie tethers through time to connect a character’s past to their actions throughout their lives without shoving it down the reader’s throat.

The painting however literally fell apart when the Sateen Dura-Luxe began to shred itself from the canvas upon which it was painted becoming Rabo Karabekian’s biggest embarrassment as an abstract expressionist. His goal in life was to become a vlnnegut artist, but life got in the way. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. It is told as a first person narrative and describes the late years of fictional Abstract Expressionist painter Rabo Karabekianwho first appeared as a minor character in Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions Apr 19, Matthew Quann rated it really liked it Recommended to Matthew by: See all 3 questions about Bluebeard….

The genius of Blueeard is his ability to see the humor in the worst tragedies, all of which he says are born of human folly. I remember this because I was blueheard 15, but the server still offered me wine I declined.


I was sad when bluebard ended. Although born in America of immigrant Armenian parents, he is haunted by their close escape from the first genocide of the twentieth century, the massacre by the Turks of a million of their Armenian citizens.

When you grow up and leave the history classroom for the less comfortable world outside, you realize that nothing is really so simple as the textbook makes it appear. Sometimes this is poignant: There are so many layers to this book I’m sure I’ll be thinking about it off and on for the next several months at least and will almost definitely re-read this book a number of times before I reach room temperature. In contrast, his teenage works were made with the best possible materials, given to him from the stores of a successful artist.

It just flows with such bt, elegance, and efficiency. I had accumulated anecdotes. Vomnegut also thought the book drew the conclusion that men have made a mess of the world why not give women the chance to do the same or better? If you have the required patience to listen closely and avoid the spittle, you can join Rabo in his outrageous memories and learn a little about the school of art that he grew up in.

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By far, my favourite Vonnegut book though, to be fair, I’ve only read two others: But what’s in that potato barn? Aug 24, Bella Baghdasaryan rated it bluebeaed was amazing Shelves: Bluebeard is easy to read and, therefore, easy to dismiss. Vonnegut and one I would rather use to introduce people to the real brilliance of his writing. All you have to do… is look at a million paintings, and they you can never be mistaken. If you loved Slaughterhouse-Five but couldn’t find anothe Sarcastic and haunted by what he has experienced.

One critic wrote that Rabo escapes the Survivor’s syndrome that vonneght parents suffered from by painting “Now It’s the Women’s Turn.

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Donald Morse said that Karabekian’s accomplishment in the novel is realising that “through self-acceptance, and the serious use of imagination and creativity, human beings can become reconciled to their weaknesses while still remaining outraged at human greed.

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An American spy behind the lines during WWII serves as a Nazi propagandist, a role he cannot escape in his future life as he can never reveal his real role in the war.

I personally wish Vonnegut spent blueneard time playing with the artistic canvas, but the sections he spent dealing with Rabo apprenticing under Dan Gregory I get a N. The novel also explores the nature of abstract expressionism, and as might be supposed, Circe Berman and Rabo Karabekian have quite different views on the art form.

But the thing that’s occupying my bulebeard about the book right now is endings.

That’s not to say he doesn’t take the occasional bite out of how we vonnrgut the art world. I was lured to this book by Breakfast of Champions, a Vonnegut book that I loved.

Rabo Karabekian is an awesome narrator in general, because he does not bullshit. You can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. Vonhegut does, however, provide insight into the aspects of the modern situation that Vonnegut sees as central and meaningful.

I am a Vonnegut fan. To more fully understand the significance of the two view points represented by these two characters, the nature of their relationship becomes increasingly important.

One of the many tasks Vonnegut undertakes in Bluebeard is not only to accurately reflect his time in history, but also to depict the unique challenges that writing about his time presents the writer. View all 21 comments.