Thursday, April 16, 2009

Kurt Vonnegut

I just finished a fantastic book that is completely out of my taste in books. "A Man Without A Country" by Kurt Vonnegut. I've never read any of his books. I don't like science fiction and I get tired of a book with anything political in it. I didn't even finish the last few chapters of The Jungle because I got tired of reading about Socialism. Plus this one isn't even one of his novels, it's non fiction which is something else I rarely read. But I loved this book. I didn't even mind the politics in it. He makes so many good points on so many topics and I find myself often thinking, "I've thought that too, I didn't know anyone else did." Not to mention it's hilarious in such a dry sarcastic way, I'm thinking I might go read some of his novels now. This is one of my favorite parts I thought I'd share. Good advice for all...
But I had a good uncle, my late Uncle Alex. He was my father's kid brother, a childless graduate of Harvard who was an honest life-insurance salesman in Indianapolis. He was well-read and wise. And his principal complaint about other human beings was that they so seldom noticed it when they were happy. So when we were drinking lemonade under an apple tree in the summer, say, and talking lazily about this and that, almost buzzing like honeybees, Uncle Alex would suddenly interrupt the agreeable blather to exclaim, "If this isn't nice, I don't know what is." So I do the same now, and so do my kids and grandkids. And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, "If this isn't nice, I don't know what is."

3 comments:

Megan D. said...

I love that excerpt. If I remember after I finish this comment I'm adding this book to my GoodReads list.

Life out Here said...

I need to read this guy.

The Bahens said...

Hey Katie. That quote about poop or chocolate is from Baby Mama, and you were right, it is Maura Tierny. I read Slaughter House 5 by Kurt Vonnegut and hated it. I must have blocked it out because when people talk about the plot, I'm like, "Really? I don't remember any of that stuff happening."