Vonnegut's most insistently antiwar novel since Slaughterhouse-Five; it is haunted by Vietnam.
The format is standard Vonnegut: homilies, refrains, and fragments of a life on planet Earth. The life belongs to Eugene Debs Hartke, Vietnam veteran-turned-teacher.
Among the most original stylists in America today, Vonnegut vents his disgust and moral outrage with government and humanity and the entire universe in yet another scathing social/political/philosophical satire.
The cumulative power of the novel is considerable. Hocus Pocus is vintage Vonnegut, witty, startling, satiric...off-the-wall brilliance.