Kurt Vonnegut - Jailbird
Let's face it:
this is a minor novel by Kurt Vonnegut.
If you want to read this fellow at his vertiginous best, you better take that
Mind you - this Jailbird is still a good book.
There is a certain melancholic Shawshank Redemption-like feeling here and I've found the pages about Sacco & Vanzetti to be particularly touching and interesting. Now, that was poignant stuff.
The weather sympathized.
What you have here is a sentimental novel imbibed of heavyweight topics such as the Watergate, McCarthyism civil rights, fight against the corporations and much more.
Any other novelist would have either made a mess out of this lot or took it way too seriously (yes, Philip Roth, I'm talking to you, don't hide behind that tight miniskirt!).
Not so Kurt Vonnegut. His inimitable humour made always the difference. And is deeply missed.
Jailbird may have hazy, even blurry outlines but its core is clear and straight.
And it's this: