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God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (original 1965; edition 1978)

by Kurt Vonnegut

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Title:God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
Authors:Kurt Vonnegut
Info:Dell (1978), Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
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God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut (1965)

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"A sum of money is a leading character in this tale about people, just as a sum of honey might properly be a leading character in a tale about bees" This money sets the stage for the rest of the book. It is the basis of a charitable foundation with a charter that passes the presidency from generation to generation. The only way to unseat the president is if he is found to be insane. The presidency is currently controlled by the Indiana Rosewaters and always has been, but there is another branch of the family, in the character of Fred Rosewater, in Rhode Island that doesn't know that he is a cousin of the Indiana branch.

The situation is further complicated by a shyster attorney who decides that if he can bring about a change in leadership of the Rosewater Foundation, he can claim a sizable sum as his fee. The attorney, Norman Mushari, makes it is business to learn as much as he can about the Rosewaters, since he plans on representing Fred Rosewater against the Indiana branch of the family. He works at the law firm that represents the Indiana Rosewaters. When he has enough evidence to force a sanity hearing of Eliot Rosewater, he quits the law firm and contacts Fred Rosewater.

Eliot Rosewater, the current president of the Rosewater Foundation, has always exhibited erratic and strange behavior. He finally breaks down and is confined to a mental hospital in Indianapolis, where he stays for a year without any recollection of anything that has happened. He is facing a sanity hearing brought on by Mushari. The situation wouldn't be viable if he had any heirs, so he tells his attorney to draw up papers naming every child whose mother claimed Eliot was her child's father in Rosewater County as his heirs. He thinks this will avoid the issue of removing him as the president of the Foundation. ( )
  bostonwendym | Aug 26, 2016 |
Doing my yearly re-read of one of Vonnegut's novels. As always this is another one of his terrific satiric novels pointing out the 'flaws' in treating people like people. Humans like humans. Instead of treating people like servants, or users, or below us. ( )
  BenKline | Aug 7, 2016 |
Vonnegut at his absolute best. Entertaining, with a great set of characters (Kilgore Trout!) and brilliant narration, and satirically perfectly on point.

Mr. Rosewater is considered insane because he helps the useless, rejected and stupid without any personal gain. He needs no reason other than humanity, and even though his father and lawyers try to help him, to prove him sane, for the sake of their fortune and their greed, Eliot never understands why he can't do what he does, sees no reason not to, and happily, carelessly keeps doing so.
  bartt95 | Jun 22, 2016 |
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  ChrisPisarczyk | Mar 17, 2016 |
I just love Kurt Vonnegut! This was probably the best one of his I've read (you were right, Amy Roach!), though I'm not sure that I would have appreciated it as much without having read Slaughterhouse 5. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
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"The Second World War was over - and there I was at high noon, crossing Times Square with a Purple Heart on." -- Eliot Rosewater, President, The Rosewater Foundation
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A sum of money is a leading character in this tale about people, just as a sum of honey might properly be a leading character in a tale about bees.
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He coined a new word for Sylvia's disease, "Samaritrophia," which he said meant, "hysterical indifference to the troubles of those less fortunate than oneself."
"It seems to me," said Trout, "that the main lesson Eliot learned is that people can use all the uncritical love they can get."
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Eliot Rosewater—drunk, volunteer fireman, and President of the fabulously rich Rosewater Foundation—is about to attempt a noble experiment with human nature . . . with a little help from writer Kilgore Trout. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater is Kurt Vonnegut’s funniest satire, an etched-in-acid portrayal of the greed, hypocrisy, and follies of the flesh we are all heir to.

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A lawyer schemes to gain control of a large fortune by having the present claimant declared insane.

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