Jailbird takes us into a fractured and comic, pure Vonnegut world of high crimes and misdemeanors in governmentâand in the heart. This wry tale follows bumbling bureaucrat Walter F. Starbuck from Harvard to the Nixon White House to the penitentiary as Watergateâs least known co-conspirator. But the humor turns dark when Vonnegut shines his spotlight on the cold hearts and calculated greed of the mighty, giving a razor-sharp edge to an unforgettable portrait of power and politics in our times.
Praise for Jailbird
â[Vonnegut] is our strongest writer . . . the most stubbornly imaginative.ââJohn Irving
âA gem . . . a mature, imaginative novelâpossibly the best he has written . . .Â JailbirdÂ is a guided tour de force of America. Take it!ââPlayboy
âA profoundly humane comedy . . .Â JailbirdÂ definitely mounts up on angelic wingsâin its speed, in its sparkle, and in its high-flying intent.ââChicago Tribune Book World
âJoyously inventive . . . gleams with the loony magic Vonnegut alone can achieve.ââCosmopolitan
âVonnegut is our great apocalyptic writer, the closest thing weâve had to a prophet since . . . Lenny Bruce.ââChicago Sun-Times
âVonnegut at his impressive best. . . . His imaginative leaps alone . . . are worth the price of admission. . . . His far-reaching metaphysical and cultural concerns . . . are ultimately serious and worth our contemplation.ââThe Washington Post
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