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God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by [Vonnegut, Kurt]
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"Vonnegut faces up to the less glamorous phenomenon of human mediocrity in this sharp, hilarious, boundlessly humane story. It taught me about compassion and a few things about writing good dialogue" (Michel Faber Glasgow Herald)

"Rumbustious stuff... There may be greater novelists than Vonnegut, but there can be a few, if any, with as much good humour and generosity" (Guardian)

"Filled with irony and black humour and a woozy bonhomie" (Sunday Times)

"Wild hilarity" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Extremely funny" (Observer)

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The story of a man who reacts to past tragedy, family greed and fabulous wealth by promptly going insane

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1958 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (21 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IHWBSY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,738 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Vonnegut is a sharp and flamboyant satirist. His imagination is wild, his tone generous and his humor sane. This confident and mature work also has a pitiless eye on grand American hypocrisy.
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Just as relevent today as when it it was first published . the lessons are all there ...when will we learn ?
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This is in my opinion one of the better Kurt Vonnegut books, where he brings all the insight and razor sharp criticism of the (modern) US society to bear like Duerrenmatt does for Switzerland (Meine Schweiz.: Ein Lesebuch) or Ryu Murakami does for Japan (but without the latter's violence). The book is focused on an inherited fortune, the people living off it and those wanting by all means to acquire it.

You have mental instability, sleazy lawyers, parodies of the moneyed classes and generally an indictment of both inheritance as a mechanism and the mediocrity it often (though by no means always) breeds. Yet it is not a one sided tirade against the rich or an uncritical endorsement of those financially less fortunate - mediocrity is addressed irrespective of what social strata the subjects are from.

The book is also a typical Vonnegut in its writing style, which may well make it a love it or hate it piece of work. It has plenty of quotable lines, is funny as well as somewhat chilling in its occassional prescience, and it definitely draws you in, in spite of the wealth of disparate characters and nothing so conventional as a linear storyline.

I found the book similar in style to the author's Breakfast Of Champions (Vintage Classics) and am sure that everyone who liked that one cannot go wrong here. It certainly requires being able to take a critical look at oneself to truly enjoy but is definitely well worth it.
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This kept my interest, but wasn't particularly memorable. I bought it after reading Slaughterhouse Five and may return to it once I've read more Vonnegut.
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This was the first Kurt Vonnegut novel that I ever read, and it really messed with my mind – every time I felt like I knew what was happening, the metaphorical rug was pulled from under my feet and everything changed again. And yet, it did also stay true to the central idea – the psychological differences between the rich and the poor, and the definition of insanity, as it’s imposed upon us.

For me, it was the sort of book that makes you constantly think, and that’s got to be a good thing. It’s also got me excited about reading more Vonnegut, and it’s not like this is one of his most well-known works – this just happens to be the one that my friend Amanda managed to find going second hand, and the first of the two books that she gave to me that I got round to reading.

The style here was like a cross between Graham Greene, Ernest Hemingway, Jack Kerouac, and Hunter S. Thompson, only the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. I’d recommend the hell out of this one, but then I have no baseline to compare it to. Maybe Vonnegut is consistent!
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This is a sharp but loving portrait, full of character and humour, of an imperfect America.

The story sees Eliot Rosewater squandering the profits on his fortune and slimy lawyer Norman Mushari wheedling to transfer those funds to Rosewater's impoverished rustic cousins (whilst inveigling a hefty commission for doing so!) To do this he must prove Eliot is insane, but when you have 87 million dollars, what is lunacy?

God Bless You, Mr Rosewater is a wonderful concise little story with a wry eye for the eccentricities of the super rich and a knowing wink to the delinquencies if the dirt poor, ending with a requisite twist that is beguiling and satisfying, and throughout retains the depth and intelligence of great literature.
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This is Vonnegut's best book. (Ignore all the hype surrounding "Slaughterhouse Five", and you won't be disappointed.) There are more quotable lines here than in anything except Hamlet. It will make you laugh a lot - and cry too, very possibly. More than thirty years after I first read it, I still keep coming back. And I know parts of it by heart (without necessarily being word perfect!) It begins "A sum of money is a leading character in this story about human beings, just as a sum of honey might be a leading character in a story about bees..."
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