This is vintage Vonnegut: a collection of sketches and stories that were previously unpublished. Unfortunately, except for the opening letter (1945) and the speech (2007), none of them are dated. Most of the sketches and stories knock on the same door. They are reminiscent of his days as a prisoner of war in Germany and his subsequent liberation. As an avid fan, I recognize in them many of his oft-stated views of life, war, politics, etc. The final item, that lends title to the volume, seems a bit more pessimistic: more like his essays in A Man Without a Country. The reader is also treated to several of his drawings and quips including his self-portrait and his infamous asterisk from Breakfast of Champions.
This is a collection of new short stories relating to war and its effects. There's a good introduction by Mark Vonnegut as well. Not Kurt's best work, but worth reading for die hard Vonnegut fans (like me).
Well, that was different. Different, but good. If you love Vonnegut for who he is and what he writes you'll enjoy it. Yet, these short stories are different. Published posthumously they're not necessarily the normal stories you'd see -- perhaps he'd never meant for them to be published. Yet, I'm glad they were and to see this side of Vonnegut.