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Armageddon in Retrospect is a posthumous volume of previously unpublished pieces by the late Kurt Vonnegut. The short stories, his letter to his family from post-World War II Europe, and the speech Vonnegut gave in Indianapolis just before he died are all filled with wit, candor, and compassion. Together they make a bold statement about the futility of war and the ethics of victory. My favorite story is “The Unicorn Trap” set in the time of William the Conqueror’s consolidation of control in England. I like the conscientious serf who does not want to become a tax collector, denying his wife upward mobility. I also especially like “The Commandant’s Desk,” one of several stories around the issue of soldiers looting the homes and shops of the towns that they liberated. The cabinet maker is another vehicle for Vonnegut’s voice. As always, Vonnegut is compelling and quick reading.
review by Rick