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Sunday, June 26, 2011

A big trip, up yonder!

Last night I read a short story by Kurt Vonnegut, and I enjoyed it.
Big Trip Up Yonder (1954) is about a time in the future in which a drug has been developed that prevents aging. A family is sharing a house and its a family made up of generations, so there's grand sons, great grand sons, great nephews and nieces etc and at the head is Gramps, who's pushing 150. Its quite a humorous tale as the real old guys call their 60 and 80 year old companions 'kids', but also there's conflict between the groups and eventually it comes to a head and the group is seperated. Gramps goes missing and the rest end up in a care home which isnt half as bad as they'd feared, but Gramps gets the last laugh!

I've tried to read a Vonnegut novel years ago but failed and never tried again, but this story made me smile in the wee hours (well, midnight!)

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