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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
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God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut (1965)

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Kurt Vonnegut satirizes the 1% before it was popular. I'll bet he had everyone in mind. But, I did not get the full effect of the satire...it wasn't that funny. I guess you had to be there ( )
  buffalogr | Feb 20, 2014 |
I read this book recently because it was mentioned in Among Others. Surprisingly (for that context) this is not a science fiction novel. It has aged well. AO breadcrumbs: didn't notice any. ( )
  sprite | Nov 24, 2013 |
By far my favorite work by Vonnegut. More readable and humorous than Slaughterhouse-five, but without the nearly exhausting humor of Slapstick and Breakfast of Champions.
  SnowcatCradle | Nov 22, 2013 |
fantastically readable, subtle and lyrical and satirical. One two many characters, however. Perhaps a tad digressive. ( )
  bontley | Aug 24, 2013 |
Awesome book, way better then Slaughterhouse Five (which I read just before reading this one). ( )
  robfreeze | Aug 20, 2013 |
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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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