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Book Title: Sun, Moon, Star|
The author of the book: Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Date of issue: January 1st 1980
ISBN 13: 9780060263195
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 379 KB
Edition: HarperCollins Publishers
Read full description of the books Sun, Moon, Star:With Sun, Moon, Star, Vonnegut sets out to tell his interpretation, not of the birth of Jesus Christ, but of what Christ might have seen in the first moments of his life. Christ, however, is not referred to as "Christ" but as "the Creator of the Universe" or "the Creator" for short. Vonnegut further insists upon his commitment to a progressive interpretation of a Biblical story by referring to "the Creator" not as "Him" but as "It". But avoiding the specifics of Christ and his gender seem to be undermined by Vonnegut's repeated reference to "Christmas". In fact, it seemed entirely out of place that Vonnegut should avoid "Christ" but repeat "Christmas", as if their were some external pressure from the publisher or someone else involved.
What "the Creator" might have seen is reduced to suns, moons, and stars. The reason for this being that "the Creator" is a newborn with undeveloped eyes. Furthermore, "the Creator" is accustomed to "all-seeing" eyes, and is therefore further jarred by the sudden decline in the scope of Its vision.
When the Creator of the Universe
came to Earth,
when It resolved to be born
as a male human infant
in a stable
attached to a busy inn,
It had never need for eyes before.
It had known all things and been all things.
The Creator had only to exist.
That was enough.
But now, as a human infant,
It was also going to see -
and to do so imperfectly,
through two human eyes,
each a rubbery camera. (pg. 8)
This premise gives way to rather simplistic illustrations. The reader can't help but wonder why Vonnegut needed an illustrator. The illustrations are about as simple as those found in his novels. Although, if Vonnegut had illustrated Sun, Moon, Star, he might have run the risk of having his star mistaken for the asshole of Breakfast of Champions ...
was now giving the Creator
into the arms of Its mother
in her radiance
after all the pain was gone,
was the seeming rising
sun. (pg. 20)
Now the sounds of oceanic alarm
and grief filled the infant's ears.
It was the bleating of sheep
brought down from the hills by shepherds
who were following
what the Creator could not see
from Its manger,
which was the real Christmas star.
Mary was awakened.
She came now and looked down on the Creator
with the midwife,
a seeming sun in partial eclipse
to the Creator,
who could not move a hand or foot,
bound as It was,
a tiny package,
in swaddling clothes. (pg. 42)
This books is my fiftieth-birthday present to myself. I feel as though I am crossing the spine of a roof - having ascended one slope.
I am programmed at fifty to perform childishly - to insult "The Star-Spangled Banner," to scrawl pictures of a Nazi flag and an asshole and a lot of other things with a felt-tipped pen. To give an idea of the maturity of my illustrations for this book, here is my picture of an asshole.
(Breakfast of Champions, pg. 4-5)
Read information about the authorKurt Vonnegut, Junior was an American novelist, satirist, and most recently, graphic artist. He was recognized as New York State Author for 2001-2003.
He was born in Indianapolis, later the setting for many of his novels. He attended Cornell University from 1941 to 1943, where he wrote a column for the student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun. Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journalist before joining the U.S. Army and serving in World War II.
After the war, he attended University of Chicago as a graduate student in anthropology and also worked as a police reporter at the City News Bureau of Chicago. He left Chicago to work in Schenectady, New York in public relations for General Electric. He attributed his unadorned writing style to his reporting work.
His experiences as an advance scout in the Battle of the Bulge, and in particular his witnessing of the bombing of Dresden, Germany whilst a prisoner of war, would inform much of his work. This event would also form the core of his most famous work, Slaughterhouse-Five, the book which would make him a millionaire. This acerbic 200-page book is what most people mean when they describe a work as "Vonnegutian" in scope.
Vonnegut was a self-proclaimed humanist and socialist (influenced by the style of Indiana's own Eugene V. Debs) and a lifelong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
The novelist is known for works blending satire, black comedy and science fiction, such as Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), Cat's Cradle (1963), and Breakfast of Champions (1973)
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