Manhattan has become the Island of Death.
The former President of the United States stands barefoot in a purple toga around a cooking fire in the lobby of the Empire State Building.
He is Dr Wilbur Daffodil-II Swain and Slapstick or Lonesome No More! is his story – one of monstrous twins, orgies, revenge, golf, utopian schemes, and very little tooth brushing. In this post-apocalyptic black comedy – dedicated to Laurel and Hardy – Vonnegut is at his most hilarious, grotesque, and personal.
The non-stop invention, the jokes and clowning are in the familiar Vonnegut tradition
Wittily and engagingly written
A brilliant wacky ideas-monger
A cool writer, at once throwaway and passionate and very funny
One of the master alchemists of modern American fiction
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