2 B R 0 2 B

2 B R 0 2 B

By Kurt Vonnegut

  • Release Date: 2007-01-01
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Score: 4.5
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Description

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.

Reviews

  • Grissly irony

    2
    By brandwisdom
    It’s vintage for the time it was written, and thankfully, short. But Ive read much better Vonnegut.
  • Quick, thought-provoking read

    5
    By tbiscut
    Vonnegut presents a future dystopia in which rapid population growth has been controlled. However this facade of ideality comes at a cost to the everyday person. This short story discusses the decision one must make between the individual and the collective, providing insights on the value of a human life.
  • A nice Vonnegut Intro

    5
    By JetSetBenny
    My wife has been begging me to read some of Vonnegut's work, this was an interesting short story. Going to have to read again and dwell on it awhile, oh, what it means to be human.
  • Short, Grim and candid

    5
    By Like mixing bleach and ammonia
    Fun little read on how future societies could be.
  • Very good short story.

    4
    By Playing to relax
    Intellectually scary.
  • Hopefully Non-Fiction

    5
    By Snuffalufagus the all knowing
    A fantastic short read. Perfect first taste of Vonnegut for the fresh reader. If you like this, you will adore all of Vonnegut's other works.
  • 2BR02B

    4
    By Misha1137
    What an interesting read. The writing style is quite blunt, but enjoyable. Paints an image well. It's only ten pages, take ten minutes out of your day and read this if it even just barely piques your interest.
  • Nice book

    5
    By RickyChen20
    It has lots of principles of life to think about.
  • Great Book

    5
    By KinanAK47
    Fantastic!!!
  • Shakespeare would be proud

    5
    By Ms. Brook
    Very good short story!

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