“But then she began to fade away, perhaps because she had more important business elsewhere.”
Now, I don't have the literary bona fides to back that statement up with fact, but God did I enjoy reading that prologue.
“We hugged each other. It was very nice. It was like rolling around on a rug with Great Dane we used to have.”
In tone, content, pacing, word choice, and everything else that makes something worth reading it was a home run for me. And reading it is important, the audio version couldn't be as good (and I'm a big fan of audio books by the way). You need to read it to get the full experience and the full understanding of why it is great.
“We laughed again, but I think the joke was partly lost on my brother. His life has been an unending honeymoon with his anvil.”
Several summers ago I read a couple of Vonnegut books back to back and enjoyed them. They were quick, fun reads but I never saw Vonnegut as the genius that others did. In fact, the actual book Slapstick was far less interesting to me than the 19 page prologue for the book.
“I have had some experiences with love, or think I have, anyway, although the ones I have liked best could easily be described as 'common decency.'”
So, what does this all mean? It means if you are at yard sale and they are selling Slapstick for $0.50 pick it up. Or go to your library, find Slapstick on the shelf, and spend 10 minutes reading the prologue. It's worth the energy and the time.
“Yes, and Indianapolis, which had once had a way of speaking English all its own, and jokes and legends and poets and villains and heroes all its own, and galleries for its own artists, had itself become an interchangeable part in the American machine.
It was just another someplace where automobiles lived, with a symphony orchestra and all. And a race track.