Kurt Vonnegut Jr.: God Bless You Mr Rosewater or Pearls before Swine



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S Good Thinking enough for Norman Mushari to try to hijack the Rosewater legacy out from under him Hilarity and some convoluted anticsnsueLike all Vonnegut novels God Bless You Mr Rosewater points out the absurdities of life In this case generosity in a world of capitalists Vonnegut peppers the text with pearls of wisdom such as There s only one rule that I know of babies God damn it you ve got to be kind The central message of the book seems to be that in a world where people are replaced by robots and computers Death in Mumbai every dayven people without purpose need to be loved Soon we ll all be in that boat In the Baccarat : La lgende du cristal 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 bookSo it goes At thend of the day I m not sure how I felt about this book I liked some parts uite a bit and others just seemed like filler It wasn t my favorite Vonnegut but it was at least as good as Gal pagos Three out of five stars Kurt Vonnegut s God Bless You Mr Rosewater or Pearls Before Swine looks at a man with nearly unlimited money Eliot Rosewater who wants to help the poor but often seems out of touch ccentric or downright insane There is a cartoon strip with this novel s subtitle Pearls Before Swine Like Vonnegut s own writing this comic strip offers dark humor crazy characters and lots of social commentary I m not positive Stephan Pastis the creator took the name of his comic strip from Vonnegut s title however it makes for an interesting comparison While Vonnegut doesn t appear in his novels his alter gos most certainly do Partially based on a fellow writer but also undoubtedly Vonnegut himself one of my favorite characters Kilgore Trout makes his first appearance in a Vonnegut novel Likewise In Pearls Before Swine Stephas Pastis provides commentary in his own appearances Something March Violets (Bernie Gunther, else worth mentioning Eliot Rosewater s sporadic attempts to do good don t offer much of a plot but again like the comic strip his actions are replete with social commentary Maybe could be said about the two but I llnd the comparison there In time almost all men and women will become worthless as producers of goods food services and machines as sources of practical ideas in the areas of Zoete tranen economicsngineering and probably medicine too So if we can t find reasons and methods for treasuring human beings because they are human beings then we might as well as has so often been suggested rub them out Hello babies Welcome to Earth It s hot in the summer and cold in the winter It s round and wet and crowded At the outside babies you ve got about a hundred years here There s only one rule that I know of babies God damn it you ve got to be kind The dignity of human beings rather than any specific plot is always close to the surface of Vonnegut s works From his novel Player Piano on Vonnegut has also been prophetic about the direction of automation replacing human beings But he is vehement that people have a value outside of any job or any role they might have in society What s working against the tendency to value people however is greed Water Music exemplified in God Bless You Mr Rosewater by corporations Thus did a handful of rapacious citizens come to control all that was worth controlling in America Thus was the savage and stupid andntirely inappropriate and unnecessary and humorless American class system created Honest industrious peaceful citizens were classed as bloodsuckers if they asked to be paid a living wage And they saw that praise was reserved henceforth for those who devised means of getting paid Revived enormously for committing crimes against which no laws had been passed Thus the American dream turned belly up turned green bobbed to the scummy surface of cupidity unlimited filled with gas went bang in the noonday sun God Bless You Mr Rosewater is a solid Vonnegut read And did I mention this was Kilgore Trout s first appearance in Vonnegut s work 45 stars Secrets of the Money RiverVonnegut knew stuff about corporate life that most folk don t Namely that 1 no one owns the corporation and 2 that thessence of the corporation is the separation of control dominium in legalese and benefit usufructus The corporation is Student Research Projects in Calculus essentially and magnificently useless It is an arrangement that would have driven Roman lawyers insane mainly because theyuated control and benefit if you got the use of something you owned it Breaking the link between control and benefit was to them dangerous not to say impossibleBut 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 xpect I read this very xcitingly to record a podcast Love for Imperfect Things episode with AS King There. Ho functions for Eliot Rosewater as both conscience and horridxample Rosewater seeking to put his inheritance to some meaningful use his father was an A Heart of Stone entrepreneur tries to do good within the context of almost illimitable cynicism and corruptionIt is in this novel that Rosewater wanders into a science fiction conference an actual annualvent in Milford Pennsylvania and at the motel delivers his famous monologue voked by science fiction writers and critics for almost half a century None of you can write for sour apples but you're the only people trying to come to terms with

Were so many laugh out loud lines or profound lines that I actually nded up reading 80% of this book out loud to my boyfriend I loved the main character and I think I ll be thinking about the money river for the rest of my life The problem is this how to love people who have no use The uestion raised by the legendary fictitious author Kilgore Trout in the face of a reality that deals with the ver increasing sophistication of machines is of urgency now than in 1965 when Vonnegut wrote this short masterpiece almost prophetically announcing the world as we know it It deals with the issues of wealth distribution guilt family patterns ineuality 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 ffort 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 reuired behaviours and opinions are revolutionary simply for their lack of violence and their focus on individuals rather than principlesWhat is the meaning of life Like Saul Bellow s Dangling Man Kurt Vonnegut poses the uestion how to cope with human life without a specific function However his solution as represented in the uniue Eliot Rosewater is optimistic closing on a call for humanity to break negative patterns and to Divertimento extend their interest to people that have no other connection to them than the simple fact of shared humanityThis was my fourth Vonnegut and the one that definitely put him on my all time favourite shelf I was positively surprised by the hilariousnding 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 Love Is a Fairy Tale enjoyed in Breakfast of Champions were taken to a higher level in God Bless You Mr Rosewater where the small sideshows added new angles to the overarching message of the general plotKurt Vonnegut is one of those authors that get better the 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 willxplain its sense of humour and the fourth will be a pure delight joining all ingredients in a Vonnegut recipe to a perfect dish One of the outright funny novels by Vonnegut God Bless You Mr 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 Promise at Dawn end when Elliot has taken up tennis and lost all the weight and it is as though he has awakened from a long sleepFirst published in 1965 Vonnegut shares the story of Eliot Rosewater an heir to a richstate who is restless and looks to find his way amid various philanthropic misadventures helping the poor becoming a volunteer firefighter tc 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 money than senseand so it goes 2019 re readRe reading this for the second or third time I am again astounded YES astounded is the right word at Vonnegut s cool minimalistic narrative ability Telling the story of Elliot Rosewater a trust heir who devotes his life to helping the poor the downtrodden and the luckless Vonnegut presents one of his best stories about the haves and have nots and one of his scathingly cynical worksStepping aside from his playful works this one as an dge swimming just under the surface throughout There is still certainly his wit humor and homey charm but his passion for this subject burns through acidly and ven as the reader smiles and laughs along with the comedy Vonnegut s liberal sensibilities prickles and teases us to think about wealth distributionIn Elliot we have one of Vonnegut s most poignant protagonists His heroism is tragicomic being touched as it is by legitimate mental health issues but also by the supposed psychosis of guilt for his riches Vonnegut is too good to leave us with merely a morality tale about social consciousness he also asks uestions about the ffectiveness of blind welfareElliot is also a big fan of Kilgore Trout and Vonnegut s ubiuitous science fiction writer has a cameo There is also than a few Shakespearean references The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery especially to Hamlet and another painful visit to the firebombing of Dresden The Rhode Island scenes with the fisherman are some of my favorites in all of his cano. He really terrific things which are happening today Money does not drive Mr 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 1979 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 shortssay fashion The stories reveal different hypocrisies of humankind in a darkly humorous fashio.

Rude but Not ConstruedA satire on American society capitalism and religious and sexual hypocrisy Vonnegut s Darkmere ensemble includes Eliot Rosewater a less unfortunate Jay GatsbyF Scott Fitzgerald who lives longnough to be charitable with his family s trust funds his father Senator Lister Rosewater a male incarnation of Ayn Rand whose Atlas Shrugged was published Et si la maladie n'tait pas un hasard ? eight years before and The Virtue of Selfishness the year before this novel and science fiction novelist Kilgore Trout who resembles Jesus Christ in appearance until he shaves his beard off and philosophy the problem is this how to love people without any use and how tombrace Den of Shadows (Gamblers Den enthusiastic unselfishness Also featuredn masse are the desperate useless poor the pearls and the rapacious useful rich the swine Eliot believes There s plenty for Scraps Of The Untainted Sky everybody in this country if we ll only share Instead the rich bully their way to the trough so they can slurp from the Money River protesting What about incentive Meanwhile they pretend to be good always so thatven God will be fooled In a preemptive reversal of Infinite Jest Eliot suffers a black out then becomes a legendary tennis player When complimented on his political platform Kilgore Trout returns serve with Thank you It s up to us to determine whether this defines his gratitude or his platform Inspired Eliot gives in a way that can be regarded as The Eric Carle Gift Set either Christian or Socialist toach according to their needs Vonnegut Huguenot Prophecy and Clandestine Worship in the Eighteenth Century embarrassed by his allegory disclaims All persons living and dead are purely coincidental and should not be construed And so the construction mustnd here Thank youSOUNDTRACKThe Beatles Piggies Hello babies Welcome to Earth It s hot in the summer and cold in the winter It s round and wet and crowded At the outside babies you ve got about a hundred years here There s only one rule that I know of babies God damn it you ve got to be kind Kurt Vonnegut God Bless You Mr RosewaterI ve only got two big rules with my two babies one boy one girl 1 be happy 2 be kind Everything Fashion Design Course else is negotable It appears that Kurt Vonnegut independently arrived at the same conclusion God Bless You Mr Rosewater happens to be a fairly straight forward novel about money and charity Vonnegut s novel also known as Pearls before Swine is about the Rosewater family and how they invest theirfforts into a foundation as a means of keeping the government from taxing their money The problem is Eliot Rosewater the protagonist Aeralis (The Frost Chronicles, ends up not caring much about money and being infinitely charitable and kind This obviously is a form of insanity thatither needs to be Alternatives Chapter 2 (The Chronos Files; The Shattered Saga exploited or protected In some ways it reminds me of a simplified satirized version of Dostoevsky s the Idiot When people are good selfless and caring in a world like the one we all live in they must be stupid or a little nuts They certainly aren t likely to survive Once I realized and accepted the fact that I will never completely understand what Kurt Vonnegut writes it became a lotasier for me to read his books My first attempt at reading his work Cat s Cradle resulted in me staring at the page mentally shouting at Kurt Vonnegut What are you ven TALKING about Reading Slaughter House Five went slightly better and by the time I read Mr 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 Rosewater is an intriguing look at wealth and charity in America And why lawyers are vil Also I was happy to see that the infamous Kilgore Trout my favorite recurring Vonnegut character made another appearance in the story of Mr Rosewater I always seemed to have done things the way I wanted to when I was a kidBeing mildly autistic I learned things a lot differently than other kids sometimes with none of it specially math sinking in I thought differently but I was really half dreaming I played piano differently The Rosewater Foundation has 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 the Rhode Island branch of the Rosewater familyKurt Vonnegut takes on capitalism and socialism in God Bless You Mr Rosewater the fourth book of his I ve read I m still not sure how I feel about the steemed Mr Vonnegut I think his writing is xceptional but his plots are all over the placeTo 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 lawyer. Second only to Slaughterhouse Five of Vonnegut's canon in its prominence and influence God Bless You Mr Rosewater 1965 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 cult writerTrout modeled according to Vonnegut on the science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon with whom Vonnegut had an occasional relationship is a desperate impoverished but visionary hack writer

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Kurt Vonnegut Junior was an American novelist satirist and most recently graphic artist He was recognized as New York State Author for 2001 2003 He was born in Indianapolis later the setting for many of his novels He attended Cornell University from 1941 to 1943 where he wrote a column for the student newspaper the Cornell Daily Sun Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journali