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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 6, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Vonnegut tells the tale of failed painters life New Texas 1987 Page 7 A Dear Abby By Kurt 300 Kurt Vonnegut spins a fine story in a kind of picaresque novel cast in the form of a diary Rather than having Rabo Karabekian stumble into a series of disjoined Vonnegut in stead has Bluebeard narrator Karabekian write down or relate those and they were Into which he wandered dur ing his long And when he isnt do ing a failed lells of the Impressions cur rently raining In on his If that sounds It sometimes is But then Vonnegut has never been the easiest of writers to his many fans know hes always entertaining and certain ly well worth any effort the reader has to In a succinct bow to his Karabekian introduces himself in the style of an abstract expressionist painting paintings about absolute ly nothing but He is an erstwhile American painter abstract of course a oneeyed I was born of im migrant parents in began this autobiography VI years later I was not born a I was depriv ed of my left eye in Luxembourg near the end of World War He did these things during those many years He learned the artists trade from an Illustrator with delu sions of art grandeur he served as an officer in the Army he married neither wisely nor well he married this time and he achiev ed notoriety as a painter whose works fell apart because he used cheap More than enough elements here to fuse into a good and of Phil Thomas AP Books Editor Husband Who Lost Secret Stash Wins No Sympathy From Readers Impressions left by novel will linger in your mind DKAR ABBY I just read the letter from Learned the Hard who said he had several thousands of dollars in gold coins hidden in a shoe box in his until his wife accidentally tossed the box if that turkey believes his wifes hes an absolute what wife is going to throw out a shoe box hidden in her husbands closet without checking the contents that box had to be suspiciously heavy with several thousands of dollars in gold so its hurd to believe his wife would toss it out without opening 1 say the wife either now has the gold coins stashed in a secret hiding place of her or in a safedeposit box at the bank in her And if the husband is that he deserves SCOTTY IN BURBANK DEAR SCOTTY Others wrote to suggest that I was out to lunch on that Read on for more criticism DKAR ABBY Shame on you for being so sympathetic with Learned the Hard whose stash of gold coins was accidentally tossed out by his You should have chastised him for holding out on Marriage is supposed to be a He had no business squirreling it away in the first That bum got what he deserved INDEPENDENT WOMAN DEAR WOMAN AND SCOTTY Score 191 DKAR ABBY Hows your survey coming If its not too include Heres my history Marriage 1 lasted 1 I did not He Marriage 2 lasted 5 I did not He Marriage 3 lasted 2 I did not He Marriage 4 I did not He Then he accused me of so I finally That marriage lasted 14 After that I reassumed mv maiden To hell with marriage SINGLE AND SATISFIED IN DALLAS DEAR AND and I Im still am well over the The faithfuls have outnumbered the unfaith fuls by a Although the responses have tapered they are still coming Stay The Case of Thomas By John David Morley Atlantic Monthly Press 2M Pages John David Morley may not deliberately have set out to write a tour do force in the image of Franz but he certainly has succeed cit in doing so with his The of V Like Kafka Morley bases his story in but in a very special kind of realits The characters seem real enough but they also could be the viT spwial creations o the addled mind of Thomas N Koiul by a police officer sitting on a bench In an unnamed Thomas N ftmuiUtt age or 17 is looked OUT t doctor determines that the south is suffering from The doc tor reasons in Kafknesque that b his own peculiar logic if notxxl knew who Thomas M it txx a me rather doubtful that lit A Inalile to curtthe the doctor MTids Thomas to a near fantastic home for boys that is a somewhere place or nowhere a place where questions are not asked of the headmaster because he already has answered them Morley shines when he writes of the goingson at this strange place and he continues to do although a bit less as he tells of Thomas adventures after he leaves the home The youth falls in with a weird goes to a wild falls asleep in a strange and when he wakes finds the head of a dead girl perched on a chair next to him He tells the police he killed the girl but after Thomas N took his scat knowing no better than anone elbe in court it he had com mitted the crime for which he w as be ing put on trial a strange but one that lingers in the mind long after it has finished set aside Phil Thomas AP Books Kdilor Bairartan URS ftcataurant Located One Block from Schlitterbahn Authentic German Food Atmosphere Entertainment for the Whole Family Sunday Buffet 11 am to 2 pm all you can eat Soup Salad bar is always open and our regular menu is also av ailable 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