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Hocus Pocus
By George Ralph (narrator) and Kurt Vonnegut
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Brilliance Audio
Publication date February 25, 2007
Binding CD/Spoken Word
Edition Mp3 una
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781423330455
ISBN-10 1423330455
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 7.50 in.
Weight 0.22 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $24.95
Other format details audio
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Tarkington College, a small, exclusive college in upstate New York, is turned upside down when ten thousand prisoners from the maximum security prison across Lake Mohiga break out and head for the college.
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Eugene Debs Hartke (named after the famous early 20th century Socialist working class leader) describes an odyssey from college professor to prison inmate to prison warden back again to prisoner in another of Vonnegut's bitter satirical explorations of how and where (and why) the American dream begins to die. Employing his characteristic narrative deviceā€”a retrospective diary in which the protagonist retraces his life at its end, a desperate and disconnected series of events here in Hocus Pocus show Vonnegut with his mask off and his rhetorical devices unshielded.

Debs (and Vonnegut) see academia just as imprisoning as the corrupt penal system and they regard politics as the furnishing and marketing of lies. Debs, already disillusioned by circumstance, quickly tracks his way toward resignation and then fury. As warden and prisoner, Debs (and the listener) come to understand that the roles are interchangeable; as a professor jailed for "radical" statements in the classroom reported by a reactionary student, he comes to see the folly of all regulation.

The "hocus pocus" of the novel's title does not describe only the jolting reversals and seemingly motiveless circumstance which attend Debs' disillusion and suffering, but also describe the political, social, and economic system of a country built upon can't, and upon the franchising of lies. At 68, Vonnegut had not only abandoned the sentiment and cracked optimism manifest in Slaughterhouse-Five, he had abandoned any belief in the system or faith for its recovery. This novel is another in a long series of farewells to the farmland funeral rites of childhood.



Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780399135248 Book cover for 9780399135491 Book cover for 9780708986165
 
Large print edition from Charnwood Pub (November 1, 1991)
9780708986165 | details & prices | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $29.99
About: Tarkington College, a small, exclusive college in upstate New York, is turned upside down when ten thousand prisoners from the maximum security prison across Lake Mohiga break out and head for the college
from Putnam Pub Group (September 1, 1990)
9780399135248 | details & prices | List price $21.95
About: In the year 2001, the illegitimate son of a West Point graduate embarks on a search for his father, becomes his partner in crime, and joins him in a series of subversive, picaresque adventures
Limited edition from Putnam Pub Group (September 1, 1990)
9780399135491 | details & prices | 302 pages | List price $75.00
About: In the year 2001, the illegitimate son of a West Point graduate embarks on a search for his father, becomes his partner in crime, and joins him in a series of subversive, picaresque adventures
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Berkley Pub Group (November 1, 1997)
9780425161296 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $17.00
About: Tarkington College, a small, exclusive college in upstate New York, is turned upside down when ten thousand prisoners from the maximum security prison across Lake Mohiga break out and head for the college
Reprint edition from Berkley Pub Group (November 1, 1991)
9780425130216 | details & prices | 4.25 × 6.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $7.99
About: Tarkington College, a small, exclusive college in upstate New York, is turned upside down when ten thousand prisoners from the maximum security prison across Lake Mahiga break out and head for the college
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781423330455
 
With Kurt Vonnegut | Mp3 una edition from Audible Studios on Brilliance audio (July 14, 2015)
9781491589380 | details & prices | 5.25 × 6.75 × 0.50 in. | List price $14.99
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With George Ralph (other contributor) | Mp3 una edition from Brilliance Audio (February 25, 2007)
9781423330455 | details & prices | 5.25 × 7.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.22 lbs | List price $24.95
About: Tarkington College, a small, exclusive college in upstate New York, is turned upside down when ten thousand prisoners from the maximum security prison across Lake Mohiga break out and head for the college.
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780930435691
 
Unabridged edition from Brilliance Audio Lib Edn (October 1, 1990)
9781561000630 | details & prices | 5.00 × 8.50 × 1.25 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $73.25
Mut edition from Bookcassette Sales (October 1, 1990)
9780930435691 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.25 × 2.00 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $23.95
Prebinding
With Kurt Vonnegut | from Turtleback Books (November 1, 1991)
9781417671717 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $18.40
About: Tarkington College, a small, exclusive college in upstate New York, is turned upside down when ten thousand prisoners from the maximum security prison across Lake Mahiga break out and head for the college

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