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Kurt Vonnegut moncler donna post modern satirist, king of the catchphrase (should’ve trademarked “So it goes,” old boy), one of America’s great rite of passage novelists died Wednesday at 84.

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He finally threw in the towel and turned to fiction. Fourteen novels (plus several short story collections, a play and memoirs) spilled out of him between 1959 and 2005.

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Kurt Vonnegut fit into millions of lives moncler saldi uomo somewhere between Playboy and Proust. “So subversive and cool,” notes Ms. McDermott. He moncler saldi outlet was many a readers’ introduction to a disorderly world; that wry voice whispering in their ear that presidents and popes make mistakes. Real doozies. And, furthermore, don’t count on God to save the day.

For some, however, the woe is us themes, over the top plotting and unspectacular prose wore thin. “I always liked his essays more than his fiction,” says Stephen Dixon, professor at the Johns Hopkins University, piumini moncler uomo a novelist twice nominated for the National Book Award and a fan who articulates what is considered Vonnegut’s Achilles heel: The notion that eventually you outgrow him.

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