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FUBAR The waters of renewal sometimes course through the unlikeliest of settings In the short story, FUBAR, we re taken to a desolate building in a drab industrial complex, where a lonely office worker gains a fresh perspective on life thanks to the intervention of his free spirited new female assistant FUBAR and the thirteen other never before published pieces that comprise Look at the Birdie serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonnegut s unique voice had been stilled forever and provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius


About the Author: Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Kurt 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



10 thoughts on “FUBAR

  1. Annette Annette says:

    I do love VONNEGUT This is another of his twisting, funny and spot on works


  2. Brandy Brandy says:

    The story is probably from the 70s idk why it gives me that vibe maybe because I thought of it as a bit sexist but in a complementary way towards women if this makes sense after he regarded them as being a sort of angelic being only to be there to satisfy a mans life.So,while he might be complementing women in the way he s like almost thanking them for looking that way and acting all girly to cheer up men the story wasn t all that good.I don t see the moral of the short story be


  3. Idelle Kursman Idelle Kursman says:

    FUBAR was a short story of hope and redemption A man leading a drab, dull existence, working at a mind numbing job and having no social life learns he needs to enjoy The story reminded me of the saying, No work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy Fortunately, a female secretary comes into his workplace and teaches him how to live Many of us need reminders that although there is much work and responsibility in our lives, we can t forget that it is important to enjoy as well.


  4. walter e. menck walter e. menck says:

    RedemptionMr Vonnegut captures the human condition with comic ruthlessness He mirrors the indignities heaped upon man by modern bureaucracy, age and time As he is inclined to do in short works of fiction, he surprises with a redemptive ironic turn A biblical reference shines a concluding light on the protagonist.


  5. Alan Mills Alan Mills says:

    Cute little short story and I do mean shortit will take less than 15 minutes to read about a dead end guy stuck in a dead end industrial jobwhen he meets his new secretary.Classic Vonnegut desperate people living desperate lives, made better by a touch of humor.


  6. Luke Crawford Luke Crawford says:

    fun, short, uplifting.


  7. Michael Michael says:

    Many of us, particular those of us who are military veterans or worked for the government used another word in the title rather than fouled Fouled just really seems to fall short You know the word It is one of my personal favorites because of its great utility That word can express a wide variety of emotion and meaning I have changed the spelling when I use the word in text to phuck My hope in changing the spelling is that I can still derive all the benefits of the word and its utility, Many of us, particular tho


  8. Kim Kim says:

    This Collection is FubarWhat the fuck This collection contains exactly one story Perhaps the digigods are toying with me again Or maybe it s pilot error Or maybe I ve overloaded the capacity of my kndle For whatever reason, all stories but Fubar are missing I m the definitive analogy man in a digital world, but I dare say, whether in reality or in the virtual world, one story does not a collection make.


  9. Kimberly Reidy Kimberly Reidy says:

    Interesting read.Loved the quirkiness and intimacy It was an entertaining and thought provoking read that left me wantingKurt Vonnegut.


  10. Antimidas Antimidas says:

    I want that job.


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