God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Or, Pearls Before Swine

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Or, Pearls Before Swine

Book - 2006
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"[Vonnegut] at his wildest best."-- The New York Times Book Review

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.

"A brilliantly funny satire on almost everything."--Conrad Aiken

"[Vonnegut was] our finest black humorist. . . . We laugh in self-defense."-- The Atlantic Monthly

Publisher: New York : Dial Press Trade Paperbacks, 2006
Edition: Dial Press Trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780385333474
0385333471
Branch Call Number: F VON
Alternative Title: Pearls before swine

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JCLBeckyC Oct 07, 2015

Not my favorite Vonnegut novel, but worth reading for passages like this one:

"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."

Recommended for die-hard Vonnegut fans. All others, stick with Slaughterhouse-Five or Cat's Cradle.

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Persnickety77
Nov 24, 2014

i wish all filthy rich people acted like Mr. Rosewater

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ndp21f
Jun 09, 2010

Men like Harry will always win, won't they" said Caroline.
"They're losing everywhere." Bunny let go of Amanita. He looked around his restaurant, invited Amanita to do so, too, to help him count the house. He invited them, moreover, to despise his customers as much as he did. Almost all were inheritors. Almost all were beneficiaries of boodles and laws that had nothing to do with wisdom or work.
Four stupid, silly, fat widows in furs laughed over a bathroom joke on a paper cocktail napkin.
"And look who's winning. And look who's won.

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ndp21f
Jun 09, 2010

Oh-I don't know. [...] Go over to her shack, I guess. Sprinkle some water on the babies, say, "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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