Book trivia question: In the short story The Foster Portfolio by Kurt Vonnegut what is Mr. Foster’s secret joy? Answers: porno, pyro, playing the piano. Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut – The Foster Portfolio summary and analysis. All about The Foster Portfolio [short story] by Jr. Kurt Vonnegut. LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers.

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He was probably doing something greasy in the kitchen or basement. I had to shout at the bartender to be heard. I sighed, and untwisted the red string holding the envelope shut.

Herbert, then, was about as minor an employee as there was in the establishment. Those securities meant winters in Florida, filet mignon and twelve-year-old bourbon, Jaguars, silk underwear and handmade shoes, a fosger around the world.

I saw it now: This event would also form the core of his most famous work, Slaughterhouse-Five, the book which would make him a millionaire. John Thaggard marked it as to-read Mar 11, When the narrator drops the report off at Foster’s house, only Alma is there.

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. Nik Kane added it Jun 27, Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journalist before joining the U. Alma answered the door.

Welcome to the Monkey House – The Foster Portfolio Summary & Analysis

After the war, he attended University of Chicago as a graduate student in anthropology and also worked as a police reporter at the City News Bureau of Chicago. I Agree This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and if not signed in for advertising. He attended Cornell University prtfolio towhere he wrote a column for the student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun. Took out thirty-two dollars for Christmas, and gave a hundred to the church. View the Study Pack.

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Open Preview See a Problem? His experiences as an advance scout in the Battle of the Bulge, and in particular his witnessing of the bombing of Dresden, Germany whilst a prisoner of war, would inform much of vonnevut work.

Welcome to the Monkey House – The Foster Portfolio Summary & Analysis

And then the cigarette started to droop slowly from his lips; and, as it drooped, Herbert hunched over the keyboard and his eyes narrowed as though he were focusing on something beautiful on a faraway horizon.

Why must this remain a secret and why does Foster continue to work several jobs? Fainche Coffey marked it as to-read Jul 13, I would happen to have a fhe on his overhauled portfolio with me.

He attributed his unadorned writing style to his reporting work. Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you’ll like this book. fostfr

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Neil rated it porfolio liked it Feb 04, Herbert already had what he wanted, long before the inheritance or I intruded. I had exciting news for him. Cassidy Dwyer rated it it was amazing Jun 07, Ken marked it as to-read Oct 02, Army and serving in World War II.

March 26, 5: As I washed up, I thought of the list of securities Herbert had taken from between the plasterboard walls. Return to Book Page. Joseph Cappelli marked it as to-read May 25, And then Herbert Foster, looking drab and hunted, picked his way through the crowd.

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There was no communicating with him. Mari marked it as to-read Oct 26, It was too much for me, and I decided to engineer a coincidence. There are no discussion topics on this portfllio yet. Herbert dusted off the piano bench with his handkerchief, and sat down gingerly. C rated it really kuft it Jul 06, Please join my email list foste get the latest updates on film, my festival travels and all my reviews.

But he relaxed again.

The narrator sees that Foster’s home is simple. This small ensemble cast of three balances one another like an equilateral triangle. Bourbonnais, Illinois pampowell5 att. Wake up at dawn and write for a few hours alone, then go sell Saabs or work for GE during the day. I riffled through the bonds quickly, and then read the list slowly. Lists with This Book. Foster pulls him aside, behind closed doors, and reveals a great wealth.

The Foster Portfolio [short story]

Herbert had apparently picked the joint out of a telephone book, and told Alma it was where he spent his week-end evenings.

Long Walk to Forever. It left him no alternative but—in the holy names of wife, child, and home—to play piano in a dive, and breathe smoke, and drink gin, to be Firehouse Harris, his father’s son, kurf nights out of seven.

Burt Smuggles added it Feb 17, His expression was one of disapproval, of a holy man in Babylon.