Editorial Reviews. Review. “[Vonnegut] at his wildest best.”—The New York Times Book Review “A brilliantly funny satire on almost everything.”—Conrad Aiken. Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater is an outrageous and savagely funny fantasy about people, their pleasures, pains and. An analysis of Kurt Vonnegut’s newest novel really requires the Getting back to matters literary: can “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater” be.
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Preview — God Bless You, Mr. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater presents Eliot Rosewater, an itinerant, semi-crazed millionaire wandering the country in search of heritage blesx philanthropic outcome, introducing the science fiction writer Kilgore Trout to the world and Vonnegut to the collegiate audience which woul Second only to Slaughterhouse-Five of Vonnegut’s canon in its prominence and influence, God Bless You, Mr.
Rosewater presents Eliot Rosewater, an itinerant, semi-crazed millionaire wandering the country in search of heritage and philanthropic outcome, introducing the science fiction writer Kilgore Trout to the world and Vonnegut to the collegiate audience which would soon make him a mf writer. Trout, modeled according to Vonnegut on the science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon with whom Vonnegut had an occasional relationship is vonbegut desperate, impoverished but visionary hack writer who functions for Eliot Rosewater as both conscience and horrid example.
Rosewater, seeking to put his inheritance to some meaningful use his father was an entrepreneurtries to do good within the context of almost illimitable cynicism and corruption. It is in this novel that Rosewater wanders into a science fiction conference–an actual annual event uou Milford, Pennsylvania–and at the motel delivers his famous monologue evoked by science fiction writers and critics for almost half a century: Rosewater or the corrupt lawyer who tries to shape the Rosewater fortune so much as outrage at the human condition.
The novel was adapted for a Alan Menken musical. The novel is told mostly thru a collection of short stories dealing with Eliot’s interactions with the citizens of Rosewater County, usually with the last sentence serving as a punch line. The antagonist’s tale, Mushari’s, is told in a similar short essay fashion. The stories reveal different hypocrisies of humankind in a darkly humorous fashion.
Kindle Editionpages. Published by RosettaBooks first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about God Bless You, Mr. Rosewaterplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about God Bless You, Mr. Rosewatrr with This Book. It deals with the issues of wealth distribution, guilt, family patterns, inequality, greed, mental health, uselessness and heartlessness, while celebrating absurd plots, dark humour and stories within stories.
The character of Eliot Rosewater is deeply touching in his effort to navigate the ruthless world he grows up within.
The ideas he comes up with to counterbalance the immense wealth he has inherited – along with a long, mandatory list of required behaviours and opinions – are revolutionary simply for their lack of violence and their focus on individuals rather than principles. What is the meaning of life? However his solution, as represented in the unique Eliot Rosewater, is more optimistic, closing on a call for humanity to break negative patterns and to extend their interest to people that have no other connection to them than tod simple fact of shared humanity.
This was my fourth Vonnegut, and the one that definitely put him on my all time favourite shelf. I was positively surprised by the hilarious ending, which suggested some hope for humankind, as I had placed Vonnegut high up on the list of authors with the bleakest vision for humanity after I read Cat’s Cradle. The trademark dark humour, and the interconnected stories within the main story, that I had enjoyed in Breakfast of Championswere taken to a higher level in “God Bless You, Mr.
Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
Rosewater”, where the small sideshows added new angles to the overarching message of the general plot. Kurt Vonnegut is one of those authors that get better the more you read them, so I strongly recommend all of you, my dear friends, to get started!
If the first one seems confusing, the second will reveal its inherent pattern, the third will explain its sense of humour, and the fourth will be a pure delight, joining all ingredients in a Vonnegut recipe to a perfect dish!
View all 37 comments. Shankar Thanks for introducing the author Dec 27, Rosewater is a scathing social satire about greed, hypocrisy and good, though misshapen intentions. One of the most starkly telling scenes for me is near the end when Elliot has taken up tennis and lost all the weight, and it is as though he has awakened from a long sleep.
First published inVonnegut shares the story of Eliot Rosewater, an heir to a rich estate who is restless and looks to find his way amid various philan One of the more outright funny novels by Vonnegut, God Bless You, Mr.
First published inVonnegut shares the story of Eliot Rosewater, an heir to a rich estate who is restless and looks to find his way amid various philanthropic misadventures, helping the poor, becoming a volunteer firefighter, etc. As a story, Vonnegut is his usual hilarious self, letting his character as narrator drop several times and revealing personal asides. Beneath the surface, the author conveys an allegory about our spiritually hollow lives, a not so subtle dig at capitalism, having more money than sense.
And another Kilgore Trout sighting. View all 3 comments. Aug 19, BlackOxford rated it really liked it Shelves: Secrets of the Money River Vonnegut knew stuff about corporate life that most folk don’t. Namely that 1 no one owns the corporation and 2 that the essence of the corporation is the separation of control dominium in legalese and benefit usufructus. The corporation is essentially and magnificently useless.
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It is an arrangement that would have driven Roman lawyers insane, mainly because they equated control and benefit: Breaking the link between c Secrets of the Money River Vonnegut knew stuff about corporate life that most folk don’t.
Breaking the link between control and benefit was to them dangerous, not to say impossible. But medieval lawyers mostly priests found a way round the Roman legal tradition. So in Vonnegut’s novel the shares but not the assets of the Rosewater Company are owned by the Rosewater Trust.
The only thing the later can expect from the former is an ‘equitable’ flow of dividends, which is exactly what it gets. Otherwise the Trust has no say in what the Corporation does or how it does it. The Rosewater Corporation is, in itself, useless. It is the Trust that gives the Corporation its usefulness. The chairmanship of the Trust is hereditary but that has no influence on who runs the company. An excellent summary of the modern corporate condition.
As Vonnegut says about his main characters, “Almost all were beneficiaries of boodles and laws that had nothing to do with wisdom or work.
The vonnfgut of corporate control and benefit opens the way for what Roman lawyers feared most: Who can say whether those in control, the corporate managers, are really doing their best for the beneficiaries?
In fact what can ‘best’ mean when it is merely the superlative for an infinite number of quite different possible ‘goods’? The opportunity for fraud is immense, and historically irresistible. This is the main theme of God Bless You, Mr. Fraud pervades the book: The big fraud of course is that those with corporate control create social benefit.
There are “about seven” in Rosewater County, Indiana for example. But aside from them, it’s the fraudsters who end up on top. Legal arrangements being good they are, the corporate world is, as the Romans knew it would be, like the ” Overture played on a kazoo.
Vonnegut suggests two options for overcoming the power of the false representation in corporate capitalism, insanity or generosity. The fact that Donald Trump is president of the United States suggests that most people, most Americans anyhow, prefer the first option.
View all 19 comments. Dec 12, Dan Schwent rated it liked it Shelves: The Rosewater Foundation has more money than God. When Eliot Rosewater, the current head, starts making people nervous with all his talk of redistributing wealth, Norman Mushari decides to put Eliot’s sanity to test in court and reaches out to kurr Rhode Island branch of the Rosewater family.
Rosewater, the fourth book of his I’ve read. I’m still not sure how I feel about the esteemed Mr. I think his writing is excepti The Rosewater Foundation has more money than God. I think his writing is exceptional but his plots are all over the place. To put things as simply as I can, Eliot Rosewater goes off his nut and finds salvation in the form of hack science fiction writer Kilgore Trout and being a volunteer firefighter in the town of Rosewater, Indiana.
His generous behavior, coupled with his alcoholic lifestyle, worry his family’s lawyers blfss for Norman Mushari to try to hijack the Rosewater legacy out from under him.
Hilarity and some convoluted antics ensue. Rosewater points out the absurdities of life. In this case, generosity in a world of capitalists. Soon, we’ll all be in that boat. In the end, Eliot manages to stick it to the man and all is as right with the world as it can be in a Kurt Vonnegut book. At the end of the day, I’m not sure how I felt about this book.
I liked some parts quite a bit and others just seemed like filler. Three out of five stars. Once I realized and accepted the fact that Gpd will never completely understand what Kurt Vonnegut writes, it became a lot easier for me to read his books.
Rosewater, I was completely at peace with Vonnegut’s “maybe this all has deep meaning and maybe Rosewatee just pull Once I realized and accepted the fact that I will never completely understand mt Kurt Vonnegut writes, it became a lot easier for me to read his books.
Rosewater, I was completely at peace with Vonnegut’s “maybe this all has deep meaning and maybe I’m just pulling it out of my ass” style. Confusing possible-symbolism aside, God Bless You, Mr.