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God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian (1999)

by Kurt Vonnegut

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    God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut (markusnenadovus)
    markusnenadovus: Might as well check the ORIGINAL tale that inspired the title of this one.

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Somewhat entertaining, but very short and shallow. To be translated effectively from the medium of radio to the medium of books, I think the story needed to be significantly elaborated. ( )
  brleach | Jan 26, 2015 |
A light bit of fluff with some social commentary woven in. I'm really not sure why he didn't go ahead and make a novel of it. His supposed retirement, I guess. The premise is that of orchestrating near-death experiences so that he could interview the dead. ( )
1 vote AliceAnna | Oct 19, 2014 |
Vonnegut becomes a "reporter on the afterlife" and works with Dr. Kevorkiaan to have "controlled near death experiences." He straps himself to a gurney and lets Dr. Kevorkian work his magic in order to go to the pearly gates and interview people. While in the "blue tunnel" Vonnegut befriends Saint Peter and gets to interview dozens of people such as: John Brown, Hitler, Eugene Debs, William Shakespeare, Isaac Asimov, Sir Isaac Newton, and many more. The interviews are quite short and humorous ranging from one to four pages in length. Each story imparts some sort of moral or irreverent value and shows what a genius Kurt Vonnegut really is. It's an insanely quick read and showcases Vonnegut's zany and brilliant writing style. ( )
1 vote ecataldi | May 21, 2013 |
I bought this little book of speculative fiction on the day of Dr. Kevorkian's release from prison in June, mostly because I figured that's a good excuse to buy another book. And it was. And the book is great. ( )
  katemo | May 16, 2013 |
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My first near-death experience was an accident, a botched anesthesia during a triple bypass.
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In what began as a series of quirkily characteristic ninety-second interludes for New York's public radio station, Kurt Vonnegut asks, on behalf of us all, the Big Questions. "Could death be a quality? A place? Not an ending but an occurrence that changes those to whom it happens?"

As a "reporter on the afterlife," Vonnegut bravely allows himself to be strapped to a gurney by his friend Jack Kevorkian and dispatched round-trip to the Pearly Gates. Or at least that's what he claims in the introduction to these thirty-odd comic and irreverent "interviews" with the likes of William Shakespeare, Adolf Hitler, and Clarence Darrow, bringing readers to an entirely new place -- a place to which only Vonnegut could bring us.

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Interviews with dead people by a man who visited Heaven, courtesy of Dr. Kevorkian, the euthanasia specialist.

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