Why did I love this book?
Kurt Vonnegut is my favorite writer of political fiction because he makes me laugh, even as he describes a totally screwed-up world. He grounds the reader in an absurd reality and then has his characters either ignore this reality or overcome it through bizarre means. Vonnegut is intolerant of greed and selfishness and violence, making all of these seem absurd in the extreme, then he takes us back through his sublimely creative fiction to simple truths. He gives his readers a wonderful gift: hope based ultimately on our humanness, humility, and sense of humor.