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Hocus Pocus | [Kurt Vonnegut]

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus is the fictional autobiography of a West Point graduate who was in charge of the humiliating evacuation of U.S. personnel from the Saigon rooftops at the close of the Vietnam War. Returning home from the war, he unknowingly fathered an illegitimate son. In 2001 the son begins a search for his father. listeners will find a fresh novel, as fascinating and brilliantly offbeat as anything Vonnegut has written.
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Hocus Pocus is the fictional autobiography of a West Point graduate who was in charge of the humiliating evacuation of U.S. personnel from the Saigon rooftops at the close of the Vietnam War. Returning home from the war, he unknowingly fathered an illegitimate son.

In 2001 the son begins a search for his father and catches up with him just in time to see him arrested for masterminding the prison break of 10,000 convicts.

Using his famous brand of satire and wit, Vonnegut captures 21st century America as only he could foresee it. In Hocus Pocus, listeners will find a fresh novel, as fascinating and brilliantly offbeat as anything he's written.

©2007 Kurt Vonnegut; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The cumulative power of the novel is considerable, revealing Vonnegut at his fanciful and playful best." (Publishers Weekly)
"Terribly funny....As good as the best of his novels." (John Irving)
"A triumph. It is perhaps his best." (Joseph Heller)

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    Wayne Irvine, CA, United States 05-04-11
    Wayne Irvine, CA, United States 05-04-11 Member Since 2009

    Mountain biking, surfing, skiing, literature, philosophy, psychology, theology and my ipod.

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    "A constant laugh attack at being human :)"

    You must like laughing at yourself, being all too human, satirically inclined and liked "Catch 22" to enjoy this. If you do, you will have a constant smile as Vonnegut delivers one tongue-in-cheek, overt choke, or silent satire, after another. There is no sacrosanct part of the universe safe from his prying black humor--from humanity itself, to politics, racism, class, the Vietnam (et. al.) war, capitalism, religion, morality, suicide, justice or the American Way ("Being an American means never having to say you're sorry, "--I was on my mountain bike high in the Santa Ana Mountains when I heard that one and laughed out loud, nonstop). Nihilism may be your only safe ground, but I can't be sure.

    The most hilarious turning of humanity on it's head is told in the story of ''Protocols of the Elders of Tralfamador,'' where the story is that Germs are the real intelligence behind the universe, manipulating and causing humans to propagate its species and spread it's DNA throughout the universe as a result of our trashing and poisoning the planet. That was one of the most fascinating and poignant parts of the novel for me. If that story is all you read, it is worth the price of admission alone--hilarious.

    The book ends (not a give-away) revealing that he has killed exactly as many people as the number of women he has had sex with--his dripping with satire take on morality, as if one "good" sexual relationship can be balanced by one "bad" killing. Just a bunch of Hocus Pocus, Charlie Brown ("hold that football still, Lucy.")

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