Jailbird - Kurt Vonnegut


  • Release Date: Jul 15th, 1982
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 37 Ratings


“[Kurt Vonnegut] has never been more satirically on-target. . . . Nothing is spared.”—People

takes us into a fractured and comic, pure Vonnegut world of high crimes and misdemeanors in government—and in the heart. This wry tale follows bumbling bureaucrat Walter F. Starbuck from Harvard to the Nixon White House to the penitentiary as Watergate’s least known co-conspirator. But the humor turns dark when Vonnegut shines his spotlight on the cold hearts and calculated greed of the mighty, giving a razor-sharp edge to an unforgettable portrait of power and politics in our times.

Praise for Jailbird

“[Vonnegut] is our strongest writer . . . the most stubbornly imaginative.”—John Irving
“A gem . . . a mature, imaginative novel—possibly the best he has written . . . Jailbird is a guided tour de force of America. Take it!”Playboy

“A profoundly humane comedy . . . Jailbird definitely mounts up on angelic wings—in its speed, in its sparkle, and in its high-flying intent.”Chicago Tribune Book World
“Joyously inventive . . . gleams with the loony magic Vonnegut alone can achieve.”Cosmopolitan
“Vonnegut is our great apocalyptic writer, the closest thing we’ve had to a prophet since . . . Lenny Bruce.”Chicago Sun-Times
“Vonnegut at his impressive best. . . . His imaginative leaps alone . . . are worth the price of admission. . . . His far-reaching metaphysical and cultural concerns . . . are ultimately serious and worth our contemplation.”The Washington Post


  • The High and not so Mighty

    By Dwardeng
    A good portrayal of corruption in politics.
  • 100 Words or Less

    By JRubino
    This back shelf novel has some good Vonnegut moments, but overall it falls a bit flat. That’s the problem with great writers … it’s near impossible to excel with every project.
  • One of his best

    By julesmadd
    I've read most of Kurt Vonnegut's books, but this one I read again every few years. It's funny and dark. Very Vonnegut.


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