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God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian (original 1999; edition 2010)

by Kurt Vonnegut, Neil Gaiman (Foreword)

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Title:God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian
Authors:Kurt Vonnegut
Other authors:Neil Gaiman (Foreword)
Info:Seven Stories Press (2010), Edition: Later printing, Paperback, 96 pages
Collections:Your library, Read in 2012
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God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1999)

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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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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. ( )
  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 |
This is a very short and easy read. Vonnegut takes a rather silly idea and makes it very interesting. He uses himself as the main character via the help of Dr. Kevorkian. His main character, through a series of near death experiences, interviews a load of dead people. Some of his interviews are with quite famous individuals, others are only of interest due to his descriptions of them. The point here is, that is the whole thing, the whole book...I didn't spoil anything though. The fascinating part is what the people say to him. In Vonnegut's afterlife, there is no hell, only heaven with a St. Peter at the pearly gates. So, you've got everyone from Hitler to Isaac Asimov in the same place. What do you envisage either of them would have to say? Vonnegut's imaginings are very intriguing and humanitarian (surprise, surprise eh?)

"...objectionable about human beings in general was that they so seldom noticed it when they were happy." Isn't that so pathetic...but true!

"One wag described the clientele as 'drinkers with writing problems.'" I want a place like that! What fun!!

Ultimately, if you like Vonnegut, give it a go, it won't take you long and it's quite good for such a little thing. ( )
  Ameliapei | Apr 18, 2013 |
It's OK, but there just isn't enough material here to warrant a book. It should have been included in a larger collection. ( )
  jeffjardine | Jan 10, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743422007, Paperback)

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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