In this, the most intimate of Vonnegut’s 13 novels, he brings back the erstwhile American painter Rabo Karabekian, a one-eyed man” who played a minor role in . Based on the novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Bluebeard is the fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, a one-eyed former artist of the Abstract Expressionist era. Bluebeard, which came out in , was one of Vonnegut’s last proper novels. Though it is different in style than his earlier works, it is a very.

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In the movies you seldom saw the babies who had done most of the heavy fighting on the ground in the war. Return to Book Page. Moving back and forth from pre-WWII to the present late ‘swe learn of Rabo’s colossal folly and successes as he grapples with a young romance, failed marriage, estranged sons, and the fiasco of the non-inferior latex paint, Sateen Dura Luxe that caused his paintings to disintegrate.

In the end, he is as divested of illusions as buebeard is possible for a human to be. It’s a darned big thing. Sep 29, George K. They probably wouldn’t mind. Photos Add Image Add an image Do you have any images for this title? No one had bouebeard unique vonbegut of humor and no one ever will. In fact, it’s a trait I remember loving from my earlier readings of Vonnegut.

Feb 05, Brian rated it it was amazing.

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It was compelling, hilarious, heartfelt, and manages to be an uplifting story despite having some portions which seem like vonnefut would be highly unpleasant to have lived. Great hubs yourself, by the way, Ben. He has been through war. So Rabo is complex yet comfortable, and he is definitely the heart of this story.


When you strip away all of the unnecessary crap that makes us up, we’re all basically glowing shafts of light, represented by the pieces of tape. Once started, Bluebeard is will be hard to put bluebward down. Thanks for writing this hub It claims to be the autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, an Armenian-American WW2 veteran who became a major figure in Abstract Expressionismafter an apprenticeship with realist illustrator, Dan Gregory.

All you have to do… is look at a million paintings, and they you can never be mistaken. To pursue this dream, his sends a letter to Dan Gregory, a fictional version of American representational masters like Norman Rockwell.

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There is no ground, and disenfranchised, they fell to the ground as discarded trash. Jan 14, Joaquin rated it it was bluebeare. Inside of that team, we can most easily identify with Rabo Karebekian and Terry Kitchen. As a teenager, Karabekian gradually displays an extraordinary talent for draughtsmanship. The potato barn is the home of Karabekian’s studio and holds his “secret”.

We used to boast of how small our Army and Navy were, and how little influence generals and admirals had in Washington. A large part of the charm of ‘Bluebeard’ lies in the effortless way in which Vonnegut exactly catches the optimistic, never discouraged tone of William Saroyan’s garrulous narrators, forever being let down by the world but always ready to come back with a smile and antoher hopeful scheme.

The only person I’ve ever met whose favorite Vonnegut book is Bluebeard is Thanks for the kind comments! At the opening of the book, the narrator, Rabo Karabekianapologizes to the arriving guests: Writing is another art form central to the narrative: As he said, maybe it’s time to give women a chance.


Bluebeard, the Autobiography of Rabo Karabekian — is a novel by best-selling author Kurt Vonnegut. In the novel several of Karabekian’s paintings are described in detail. If Rabo is suffering, he does so without expending page upon page in melancholy and it’s to Vonnegut’s credit that he makes the reader feel it in a sentence or two.

He writes as if he was speaking to a small child, but it is never ever condescending.

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He strikes me as a man who knows exactly who he is, who is comfortable with his place in the world, who accepts his flaws and failures and position of mediocrity. But first we must remove the scales from our eyes and sacrifice our illusions to see the world as it is. An art movement not without its own tragedies for the painters involved.

I’m also biased because the main character was Armenian, and I could relate. They are black holes from which no intelligence or skill can ever escape. Having been struggling musician myself, a lot of what Vonnegut writes about rings a bell of truth for me. This is used to detect comment spam.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Breakfast of Champions He sprays paint on canvas and he drinks.