Hocus Pocus

by Kurt Vonnegut | Humor |
ISBN: 0425130215 Global Overview for this book
Registered by rossshow of Hualapai, Arizona USA on 3/24/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by rossshow from Hualapai, Arizona USA on Friday, March 24, 2006
Pre-numbered label used for registration.

Journal Entry 2 by RustyReader2 from Nepean, Ontario Canada on Thursday, October 19, 2006
Caught in the mail the other day. Can't wait to read it.

Thanks rossshow for sending it.

Journal Entry 3 by RustyReader2 from Nepean, Ontario Canada on Saturday, December 02, 2006
Sending to perryfran as part of "Another Browse My Bookshelf Relay"

Journal Entry 4 by wingperryfranwing from Elk Grove, California USA on Friday, June 08, 2007
Received today. Looks like this was a book relay I had forgotten about. Thanks RustyReader2 for sending the book. I always like Vonnegut!

Book Description
Hocus Pocus
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
A small, exclusive college in upstate New York is nestled along the frozen shores of Lake Mohiga . . . and directly across from a maximum-security prison. The two institutions manage to coexist peacefully, until 10,000 prisoners break out and head directly for the college.

Journal Entry 5 by wingperryfranwing at Elk Grove, California USA on Wednesday, September 13, 2017
I read a lot of Vonnegut back in the 70's including such classics as "Slaughterhouse Five," "Sirens of Titan," "Cat's Cradle," and "God Bless You Mr. Rosewater." I also reread "Mother Night" a few years ago and found it to be a very biting satire leaving me wanting to read more of Vonnegut. Well, I finally got around to reading "Hocus Pocus," one of Vonnegut's later works being written in 1990 that I have had on my shelf for several years. This was very reminiscent of his early work with his humor and satire poking jabs as usual at how mankind seems to have screwed up the planet. The novel takes place in 2001 where there is mass segregation at prisons and other places, where the Japanese have bought up most of America including the prisons, and where most resources are scarce. The protagonist is Eugene Debs Hartke, a Vietnam War veteran, college professor, and carillonneur (a player of tuned bells) who realizes that he has killed exactly as many people as the number of women he has had sex with. The novel is basically filled with Eugene's thoughts from the war, his family, his life as an instructor at a college for underwhelming students, and as an instructor at a nearby prison after he is fired from the college. After a massive prison break, Eugene's former college is occupied by escapees from the prison, who take the staff hostage. Eventually the college is turned into a prison, since the old prison was destroyed in the breakout. Ironically, Eugene is ordered to be the warden of the prison, but then becomes an inmate, presumably via the same type of "hocus pocus" that led to his dismissal from his professorship. The novel is written on scraps of paper as Eugene is awaiting trial based on a bogus charge that he incited the prison break. The novel also has a reference to "Tralfamadore," the fictional planet from "Slaughterhouse-Five" and "Sirens of Titan." The exploits of multi-dimensional beings are chronicled in The Protocols of the Elders of Tralfamadore (a title which parodies The Protocols of the Elders of Zion), which is published serially in a pornographic magazine called Black Garterbelt. The magazine turned up in Eugene's footlocker from Vietnam.

Overall, this was another of Vonnegut's biting satires on mankind. It was filled with humor but was also very thought-provoking and I will probably be reading more of Vonnegut's novels that I have missed.

Read this as part of the Oldest TBR Reading & Release Challenge 2017. This is reserved for a VBB.

Journal Entry 6 by wingperryfranwing at iwillrejoice's ABC bookrings, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Friday, January 18, 2019

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Including this one in the V authors bookring.

Journal Entry 7 by Suezq60 at Lexington Park, Maryland USA on Thursday, January 31, 2019
Received as part of the "V" author bookring, sending it along.

Journal Entry 8 by Meekachu07 at Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Friday, February 22, 2019
Selected from the "V" authors bookring. I don't think I will read it, but will find a new home for it soon.

Journal Entry 9 by Meekachu07 at Paducah, Kentucky USA on Saturday, March 09, 2019

Released 9 mos ago (3/9/2019 UTC) at Paducah, Kentucky USA


Shipping to Paducah, KY via BookMooch.com. Enjoy!

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