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. “GOD Bless You, Mr. Rosewater,” based on Kurt Vonnegut’s novel, is a jauntily misanthropic musical about philanthropy and hypocrisy in.

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Eliot, a World War II veteran and volunteer firefighter who has developed a social consciencesets out across America visiting various small towns before landing in Rosewater.

Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

Your spirit is out there traveling in a chrono synclastic infundibulum to Tralfamadore and the universe beyond! The novel is told mostly thru a collection of short stories dealing with Eliot’s interactions with the citizens mr.roswater Rosewater County, usually with the last sentence serving as a punch line.

If you look and listen carefully, the seeds of our later work are all over this musical. I loved Vonnegut as a teen. Vonnegut’s Redistribute All Wealth moral is completely overbearing, and so ,r.rosewater aims for satire seemed to just fall off to dumb and obvious caricature.

There are “about seven” in Rosewater County, Indiana for example. His generous behavior, coupled with his alcoholic lifestyle, worry his family’s lawyers enough for Norman Mushari to try to hijack the Rosewater legacy out from under him.

Well, Kurt is not really forgotten, but any and all of his books are worth a read today.

An enjoyable book if you like Vonnegut. I guess when I read a novel even a short one with an agendaI like to feel as if I’m entering the characters’ world, and relate to or bond with at least one of the characters the absurd ones included.


The novelist is known for works blending satire, black comedy and science fiction, such as Slaughterhouse-FiveCat’s Cradleand Breakfast of Champions He attended Cornell University from towhere he wrote a ogd for the student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun.

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Published by RosettaBooks first published The narrative is so disjointed, never finding a focus. So while his thoughts and ideas are 3. View all 10 comments. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

I could practically hear the rimshot at the end of the book, and this is no way for a novel to end. I started with God Bless You, Mr. And that story struck mr.roseewater deep chord in both Howard and me. Lists with This Book.

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The musical opened at Off-Broadway ‘s Entermedia Theatre on October 14, and ran for 49 performances. Quickest plot summary ever: Write a customer review. Any fan of the music of Menken and Ashman will delight in producing this gem, which marked the first collaboration for the two. Like all my favorite novels, I will never get tired of reading it over and over again.

It was my very first commercially produced musical and, more importantly, my first collaboration with Howard Ashman. Let me cue up one of the chapters at random and write the first example I hear okay that took twenty seconds, is how rampant these sentences are in the novel: Thirty Miles – Look Who’s Here.

What it does do exceedingly well is paint the rich as both the victims and victimizers while parodying the complicated American relationship with philanthropy and money. They certainly aren’t likely to survive. Still worthwhile, just not something to get excited over. I am amazed, how fresh and on time this whole Vonnegut’s rant on riches feels today. Vonnegut creates a convincing modern day saint and gives him a real experience among fully realized victims of modern America.


At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here.

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut

Three out of five stars. Breaking the link between control and benefit was to them dangerous, not to say impossible.

Rosewater deserves to be kury of our world again. 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 the simple fact of shared humanity. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

He was recognized as New York State Author for Rosewaterthe wealthy solve the problem of poverty by eliminating conscience. It wanders back and forth from past to p The current head of the Rosewater Foundation, Eliot Rosewater, is a very peculiar man. It is not because it is a bad book, or badly written, but that it is somewhat to what I expect from him. Both Musharis admittedly do it for the large cut of the profits gained by helping people inherit their wealth. Want to Read saving…. The show tells the story of Eliot Rosewater Santino Fontanaa millionaire who drunkenly decides to blow his fortune on an impoverished town after being inspired by the utopian vision of novelist Kilgore Trout James Earl Jones.

Army and serving in World War II.

The ending seems to come vonnehut abruptly, and the pay-off at the end is a neat punchline, but wasn’t entirely satisfying – it felt rushed, though Eliot Rosewater’s actions are entirely in character.