2 B R 0 2 B

2 B R 0 2 B Summary

It is a science fiction short story by Kurt Vonnegut, originally published in the digest magazine Worlds of If Science Fiction, January 1962, and collected in Vonnegut's Bagombo Snuff Box (1999). The title is pronounced "2 B R naught 2 B", referencing the famous phrase "to be, or not to be" from William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. In this story, the title refers to the telephone number one dials to schedule an assisted suicide with the Federal Bureau of Termination. Vonnegut's 1965 novel God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater describes a story by this name, attributing it to his recurring character Kilgore Trout, [1] although the plot summary given is closer in nature to the eponymous tale from the short-story collection Welcome to the Monkey House.

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Short story5 star

Thought provoking.55


Save the Planet5 star

The to natural progression of anti-human environmentalism. While a human is ‘just another animal’ his actions are destroying the earth; poppycock !!The height of hubris!55


2BR02B3 star

This is one of the most depressing views of the future that I have ever read! What makes it so depressing is that it seems to be informed by Mr. v’s possible WW II knowledge of the death camps and the earlier eugenics views that many held throughout that time.35

a brick with a personality

Woah5 star

I didn’t know what to expect going in. A very curious and dark thought experiment. It changed so suddenly towards the end there. I’d imagine the writing would be much more fluid in its native language55

Toasty Bum

Clever as Always5 star

I had downloaded this book in the free section of the Books app. I think it’s a delight to have access to these books and many more on the App. Along with this book I downloaded Swift’s, “A Modest Proposal”. In hopes to compare the two with regard to their “Ideas” of population control. A funny albeit grim read it definitely feels right at home in the dystopia that’s has become the year 2020. It gave my a chuckle or two, and in such a short time to be able to full flesh out these characters is a feat in and of itself. Love Vonnegut Jr. and I always will. Keep reading, A.55


Great quick read5 star

This is one of my favorite authors and he never disappoints. It’s a shame it’s so short.55


Wow5 star

That’s all I can say; besides brilliant.55


Good quick read5 star

Thought provoking short story.55


2BR02B5 star

Nice short story, by a great author.55


Master of the short story5 star

How many worlds reside in the vast mind of one Kurt Vonnegut Jr? Truly engrossing in less than 20 pages.55

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