Deadeye Dick

Deadeye Dick

Book - 1982
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Deadeye Dick is Kurt Vonnegut's funny, chillingly satirical look at the death of innocence. Amid a true Vonnegutian host of horrors--a double murder, a fatal dose of radioactivity, a decapitation, an annihilation of a city by a neutron bomb--Rudy Waltz, aka Deadeye Dick, takes us along on a zany search for absolution and happiness. Here is a tale of crime and punishment that makes us rethink what we believe . . . and who we say we are.
Publisher: New York : Delta Trade Paperbacks, c1982
ISBN: 9780385334174
0385334176
Characteristics: xiv, 271 p. ; 21 cm

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Apr 15, 2010

"It's a widely accepted principle," he says, "that you can claim a piece of land which has been inhabited for tens of thousands of years, if only you will repeat this mantra endlessly: 'We discovered it, we discovered it, we discovered it. . . .' "

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Apr 15, 2010

That is my principal objection to life, I think: It is too easy, when alive, to make perfectly horrible mistakes.

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Jul 17, 2016

Perhaps your darkest moment, Kurt. You leave it to the reader to cut through the gloom.

This first-person narrative slips away from the zany and free-ranging explorations of life common to your work. Kurt, you had to know the narrator—Rudy Waltz—was inadequate because the ending of the story—"We are still in the Dark Ages"—did not come from him.

Your theme—"Watch out for life"—deserved a better look. As for your own life, Kurt, your dedication of the book to Jill [wife Jill Krementz] was an ill omen.

Chapter 26: The opening three pages on "We all see our lives as stories" are a gem.

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