HE NEVER EN­TIRELY LOST HIS FAITH IN HU­MAN NA­TURE

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good-hearted about Von­negut. For all his gloom and can­tan­ker­ous­ness, he never en­tirely lost his faith in hu­man na­ture.

A preg­nant woman once wrote ask­ing him if it was wrong to bring a child into such a flawed world. Von­negut wrote back, telling her that ‘‘ what made be­ing alive al­most worth­while for me was all the saints I met al­most any­where — peo­ple who were be­hav­ing de­cently in an in­de­cent so­ci­ety’’.

Kurt Von­negut was dogged by

self-doubt and de­pres­sion

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