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Slapstick by  Kurt Vonnegut - Signed First Edition - 1976 - from Bookbid Rare Books and Biblio.com

Slapstick

by Vonnegut, Kurt

Condition: Very Good/Very Good


New York, New York, U.S.A.: Delacorte Press, 1976. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Published in New York by Delacorte Press in 1976. First Delacorte printing stated on copyright page. This copy is SIGNED by the author on the front free endpaper. Book very good, ends of spine lightly bumped, slight fading on top and bottom edges of covers, and soiling and a few light scratches on both covers. DJ very good, price-clipped, lightly bumped ends of spine and corners, discoloration to rear near flap hinge and flaps, small dent at head of front spine hinge. We will provide a certificate of authenticity for this item.

The book explores one of Vonnegut's favorite recurring themes, which is his belief in our need to belong extended families and how they would be an adequate, larger and more useful substitute for biological ones. The most endearing section of the novel, in my opinion, lies in its introduction, where Vonnegut candidly describes his beloved sister's death, which took place shortly after she had learnt of a train accident where her husband and children had been killed. As for the novel's plot, it follows the relationship of a boy and his sister who grow up together in isolation from the outside world because of their unsightliness. The boy turns out to be seen as more presentable and is separated from his sister, who grows to resent him for his seemingly desertion. Through some twists and turns they successively reunite and separate and after a major catastrophe, the boy becomes president of the United States, his campaign being centered on the formation of extended families on a grand scale.


  • Bookseller: Bookbid Rare Books US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 0104303
  • Title: Slapstick
  • Author: Vonnegut, Kurt
  • Format/binding: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Very Good
  • Jacket condition: Very Good
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press
  • Place: New York, New York, U.S.A.
  • Date published: 1976


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