Hocus Pocus is much like any other Vonnegut novel. He takes on the subject of war, (in this case Vietnam), and proceeds to create a broad-based satire all the while criticizing man’s constant push to make war on each other. And just for fun, he also adds lots of modern American sociopolitical references (at least for 1997, when the book was published). In my opinion, Hocus Pocus is one of the most readable and enjoyable of Vonnegut’s books outside of Cat’s Cradle and Slaughterhouse Five.
I took the time to look in my computerized reading log, just how many Kurt Vonnegut books I’ve read. Well, this makes #9, and will finish off the last of the Vonnegut books that I own. That said, I probably won’t read any more. Or at least I may have to wait a long time. His novels all seems so alike, and I’ve already gotten the point about the absurdity of human nature.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 1997
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