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Vonnegut defends dad

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / December 8, 2011
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Critics have been generally kind to Charles Shields ’s biography of Kurt Vonnegut , praising the book for exposing a darker side of the “Slaughterhouse-Five’’ author. (He’s portrayed as bitter, nasty, and occasionally cruel, especially to his two wives and children.) Perhaps not surprisingly, this portrayal isn’t sitting well with Vonnegut’s family. Mark Vonnegut , a Milton pediatrician and son of the celebrated author, says “And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life’’ doesn’t come close to capturing his dad. . ..

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