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on 4 July 2015
I’d been reading rather serious books and needed something humorous, so I got the Kindle edition of Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. It’d been a while since I’d read Vonnegut. Years ago, I enjoyed Slaughterhouse Five, Breakfast of Champions, and Hocus Pocus. I also read Cat’s Cradle, but didn’t really go in for it. It was a little too sci-fi for me. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater is good, but pretty out there. The beginning is highly structured and organized, but the narrative soon spins off into myriad tangents. At times the writing is practically psychedelic. Imagine if the album The Worst of Jefferson Airplane were a book. The story is a bit of a magic carpet ride. Consequently, it’s hard to say what Rosewater means: commentary on the oddball nature of capitalistic society? The apparent randomness and unfairness of the universe? Everyone will take away something different. It’s not as funny as Breakfast and, for me, not as deep as Hocus Pocus, but it’s still good – funny in places, nicely written, and – best of all – highly imaginative. And it was nice to read something quirky and relatively light. I hope to read more of Vonnegut in the future.

Troy Parfitt is the author of Why China Will Never Rule the World along with War Torn: Adventures in the Brave New Canada.
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on 9 June 2014
Another great, satirical romp by the mighty Kurt Vonnegut. If, like me, your starting point for KV was Slaughterhouse 5 and you're on a mission to read as much of his output as possible, this is a must. If this is your starting point, it's still a must.

Its short page count is stuffed full of Vonnegut's typical quirky characters, razor-sharp wit and deft prose. A darkly humorous swipe at High Society and the wealth gap that works just as well today as it did, no doubt, at time of writing.
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on 6 March 2017
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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on 26 April 2017
VG
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on 11 October 2015
This is a wonderful book. Like a shorter, but not abridged, version of the New Testament.
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on 12 October 2013
Having read other books by Kurt Vonnegut , this I was looking forward to and didn't disappoint. The story was good and moved along at a good pace compared to slaughter house 5 this is a better story . Will be reading more
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on 12 August 2013
If you have never read anything by Kurt Vonnegut you are missing a wonderful and funny writer with great humour and warmth who casts a satirical eye over the achievements of humanity. This book is a very good place to start reading Vonnegut.
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on 31 January 2018
my favourite book of all time.
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on 29 April 2015
A good read
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on 11 September 2012
In my opinion, Vonnegut's second best behind Cats Cradles. A humanitarian masterpiece I guess? Eliot Rosewater is certainly one of the most charming protagonists in modern American literature.
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