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  • 218 pages
  • God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, or Pearls before Swine
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Bulgarian
  • 01 December 2019

10 thoughts on “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, or Pearls before Swine

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    The problem is this how to love people who have no use The question raised by the legendary fictitious author Kilgore Trout, in the face of a reality that deals with the ever 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, 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 Like Saul Bellow s Dangling Man, Kurt Vonnegut poses the question how to cope with human life without a specific function However his solution, as represented in the unique Eliot Rosewater, is 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.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 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 plot.Kurt 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 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


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    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 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 in 1965, Vonnegut 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 money than sense.And another Kilgore Trout sighting and so it goes


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    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 the essence of the corporation is the separation of control dominium in legalese and benefit usufructus The corporation is essentially and magnificently useless It is an arrangement that would have driven Roman lawyers insane, mainly because they equated 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 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 They treat themselves as merely extensions of the corporation and as such useless, that is, as making only decisions of control not benefit.The separation of corporate control and benefit opens the way for what Roman lawyers feared most fraud 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 Rosewater corporate fraud and how to combat it.Fraud pervades the book from Norman Mushari s attempts to wrest control of the Rosewater Trust to Amanita Buntline s affected passion for Beethoven, mistakenly played at the wrong speed The big fraud of course is that those with corporate control create social benefit They don t As Selena, Buntline s maid says, It s the way they have of thinking that everything nice in the world is a gift to the poor people from them or their ancestors This includes, the ocean, the moon, the stars in the sky, and the United States Constitution Some folk do benefit by the legal arrangements of corporate capitalism 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 what they are, the corporate world is, as the Romans knew it would be, like the 1812 Overture played on a kazoo That is to say a false representation of something magnificent the instinct to do something beneficial for ones fellow man.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.


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    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 family.Kurt 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 esteemed Mr Vonnegut 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 enough for Norman Mushari to try to hijack the Rosewater legacy out from under him Hilarity and some convoluted antics ensue.Like 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 every day, even people without purpose need to be loved 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.So it goes 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 It wasn t my favorite Vonnegut but it was at least as good as Gal pagos Three out of five stars.


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    Once I realized and accepted the fact that I will never completely understand what Kurt Vonnegut writes, it became a lot easier 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 even 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 evil 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.


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    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 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 their efforts into a foundation as a means of keeping the government from taxing their money The problem is Eliot Rosewater the protagonist ends up not caring much about money and being infinitely charitable and kind This obviously is a form of insanity that either needs to be 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.


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    Rude, but Not ConstruedA satire on American society, capitalism, and religious and sexual hypocrisy, Vonnegut s ensemble includes Eliot Rosewater a less unfortunate Jay Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald who lives long enough 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 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 to embrace enthusiastic unselfishness Also featured en masse are the desperate useless poor the pearls and the rapacious useful rich the swine Eliot believes, There s plenty for 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 that even 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 either Christian or Socialist to each according to their needs Vonnegut, embarrassed by his allegory, disclaims, All persons, living and dead, are purely coincidental, and should not be construed And so the construction must end here Thank you.SOUNDTRACK The Beatles Piggies


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    Corporations are people, my friend Mitt Romney, former Presidential hopeful and owner of a car elevatorThe Rosewater Corporation was dedicated to prudence and profit, to balance sheets Their main enterprise was the churning of stocks and bonds of other corporations. Their secret motto Grab too much, or you ll get nothing at all.They are also in charge of the capital of the charitable and cultural Rosewater Foundation.Norman Mushari, a recent hire at a DC law firm He had an enormous ass which was luminous when bare. , has begun plotting a violent overthrow of the Rosewater Foundation How By proving that the President of the Foundation, Eliot Rosewater, is a raving lunatic And so begins the taleThough Vonnegut s book was published in 1965, it seems almost prophetic when it describes the American class system Thus did a handful of rapacious citizens come to control all that was worth controlling 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 enormously for committing crimes against which no laws had been passed.If you re a member of the 1%, this book will only angry up your blood with its socialist messages, and you should probably stick with Ayn Rand However, Vonnegut manages to offer some of the best advice EVER for new human beingsand the rest of us, rich and poor, would do well to follow his lesson 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


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    God Bless You, Mr Rosewater is indeed, as many reviewers have said, Mr Vonnegut s most blatantly socialistic book However, it is also quite obviously his most Christian The text s protagonist, Eliot Rosewater, is nothing short of a benign Jesus figure Numerous biblical references throughout the text are used as corollaries to Eliot s life and the plethora of those references make Vonnegut s point pretty obvious for the reader.This text is less plot driven than many of Vonnegut s other works, but its themes and importance I think are far superior to many of his better written novels The first 100 pages or so can be a little dull not normal in a Vonnegut text and the slow start is something his readers may not be used to However, the text does build to what I think is a wonderfully written and executed conclusion.Two highlights of the book are Eliot s baptism sermon for two twin boys that he is asked to baptize Eliot has no religious titles or significance, so he just speaks to his hope for the boy s futures, ending with a simple and profound statement, God damn it, you ve got to be kind Another excellent moment in the text is a biting letter written by an orphan named Selena who is serving as the maid in a rich household The letter is written to the man who runs the orphanage that she came from, and it has the bite and sting that can only come through the eyes of a child Vonnegut is at the top of his game in these sections.Further highlighting the idea of Eliot as a Christ figure Vonnegut has Eliot well aware that those he helps are ingrates at best, and almost all are undeserving of his generosity and love It is a great strength of the text that God Bless You, Mr Rosewater freely admits that the people who need the help the most are often the most undeserving, and the acknowledgement of that is a great strength of the book.The most blatant Christian references, and I think the most powerful parts of the text, start on page 264 when Vonnegut has his go to character Kilgore Trout explain what Eliot was attempting to do by helping anyone who asked, regardless of the circumstances The 6 pages where Trout explains the experiment are worth the price of the book alone They are stunningly simple and beautiful I was trembling with joy as I read them It is really nothing less than a secular Sermon on the Mount.I won t ruin the end of the book here, but Vonnegut completes the obvious Christ archetype with Eliot in a manner that is unexpected, true to the character of Eliot, and perfect And then Vonnegut in that way of his stops writing, it is over, the end The rest is up to you Very few novels make me think about my obligations to others in this world, this book did It has stuck with me, and will And for that I say God bless you, Mr Vonnegut


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About the Author: Kurt Vonnegut

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