God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

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 writer.Trout, modeled according to Vonnegut on the s...

Details God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

TitleGod Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
Release DateJan 1st, 1970
GenreFiction, Classics, Humor, Science Fiction, Literature

Reviews God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

  • Lisa
    “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 more 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,...
  • Lyn
    One of the more 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 rest...
  • BlackOxford
    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 so...
  • Dan Schwent
    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 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 est...
  • Madeline
    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...
  • Darwin8u
    "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 Kur...
  • Ian
    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 t...
  • Melki
    "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 ...
  • Fateme
    تصویر، کاملا، تصویری از آمریکاست. از ثروتهای عجیب و غریب در چند سانتیمتری فقرهای عجیبتر. اما یکی از رزواترها دلش به جای پول و ادامه دادن راهِ ثروتاندوزی که بعد از نسلها، کار چندان سختی هم نیست، چیزهای دیگری میخواهد. اما قضیه مگر به همین سادگیست؟ حتم...
  • Nick
    The sentiments behind this book are pretty clear. It's hard to believe this is nearly half a century old, because it still feels stingingly relevant in a world of austerity, Tea Party Republicanism and millionaire presidential candidates.The plot (such as it is) flops around sloppily, but that's Vonnegut for you.There's more to Eliot Rosewater here than the character as presented in Slaughterhouse Five. In that other book, Rosewater comes across ...
  • Susan Budd
    This is “a really good science-fiction book ... about money” (23), even though it’s not really a science-fiction book. The science-fiction is supplied by Kilgore Trout, who tells the same story as his creator. In Oh Say Can You Smell? a dictator solves the problem of odors by eliminating noses. In God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, the wealthy solve the problem of poverty by eliminating conscience. And if that doesn’t work, they can borrow a p...
  • Manny
    My favorite bits are the two pornographic novels-within-the-novel, Garvey Ulm's Get With Child a Mandrake Root and Kilgore Trout's Venus on the Half-Shell, both marvelously suggested by illustrative paragraphs. Philip José Farmer was tasteless enough actually to write the second book. I suppose we can at least be glad that he didn't get around to writing the first one as well.
  • A.S.
    Best book ever.
  • Gabrielle
    The company I work for has a department called « corporate giving », and I can’t help but find that hilarious. These people’s job basically consists of working with a set budget for donation purposes, but they are also constantly looking for the way to get the best return on their charity. “If we sponsor event X, our name will be on their website, printed on a big banner and in the program, we get to invite clients to wine and dine them, ...
  • Dusty Myers
    I had a friend back in Pittsburgh who was incredibly smart and very kind and funny, but had a tendency toward literary snobbishness. (I know: can you imagine such a person?) Once he had something disparaging to say about Kurt Vonnegut, I can't remember exactly what. Some well timed comment that pretty much wrote him off as a hack, and I recall being almost hurt by it, seeing as how Vonnegut wrote so much stuff I loved as a teen.And I guess that's...
  • Hadrian
    I don't seem to understand why some people classify Vonnegut as a humorist. I find his books to be intensely sobering and the kind of thing that a lot of people should read.
  • Shaun
    3.5 bumped down to 3 I loved the social commentary in God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater and, similar to my experience with Cat's Cradle, found it to be a provocative read. Still, other than agreeing with a number of Vonnegut's insights and enjoying his humor, I didn't find myself the least bit invested in the characters.Perhaps this is because Vonnegut's writing style is less exemplary story telling and more witty satire that reads like a cautionary t...
  • Danger
    2nd time reading this book: Vonnegut’s satire of American aristocracy is as poignant today as I imagine it would’ve been when he wrote it in 1965, perhaps unsurprisingly so, as the type of ‘old money’ ideology he paints in this novel is still the same kind of ‘old money’ ideology that exists today.Written in the earlier half of his catalog, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater occasionally drags its feet when considering Vonnegut’s oeuvre i...
  • Adriana
    "Am plâns când am scris-o. Atât de amuzantă mi s-a părut. Şi atât de amuzant mi se pare totul."Aceste cuvinte, scrise pe un bilet de un personaj total insignifiant al cărţii, îmi par cheia întregii opere a lui Vonnegut (cel puţin a celei citite de mine până acum). Nicăieri n-am mai întâlnit durerea exprimată într-un mod atât de amuzant. Parcă ai urmări un clovn care se ţine de giumbuşlucuri şi farse în timp ce lacrimile ...
  • Carrie
    Oh, man...I love this novel. Like all my favorite novels, I will never get tired of reading it over and over again. What I love about Vonnegut is that he is so cynical about his own opinions, and that his characters are so often pitiable, likable, and irritating all at once. I love that the protagonist (Eliot Rosewater) is a kind of lovable, asexual loser hippie idealist who thinks love will cure capitalism, etc...and you can start to feel like, ...
  • notgettingenough
    Hilarious. Bonus: one can read it and laugh without the horrified guilt that hangs over the reading of Mother Night because it is only about the bad stuff we do to poor people and basically nice white people are all in agreement that it's okay to live better at the expense of poor people.I would love to pull bits of this out to show you how funny it is. The scene where Eliot gives money to the poet so that the poet can tell the truth and the poet...
  • Smand
    Çok eğlendim, çok sevdim. Burunları iptal eden diktatörün hikayesine uzun süredir gülmediğim kadar güldüm, devamlı aklıma gelip kıkırdatıyor :) Nice okunmayı bekleyen Vonnegut kitaplarına, şerefe!
  • Carol Storm
    Out of all Vonnegut's novels, this is by far the best. One reason is that there are no sci-fi trappings, no silliness about time travel or aliens, nothing but a real study of American history and the impact of wealth and greed on the ideal of democracy. While short and exceedingly easy to read, the book feels like an epic narrative, since it sweeps from the very rich to the very poor, from the battlefields of the Civil War to the modern sailing p...
  • Eunji Kim
    i learned that kurt vonnegut wrote a play called happy birthday wanda june.this book is, i think, the culimination of certain ever present themes that exist in vonnegut's work. and thus, the best impression of vonnegut that vonnegut would ever do:fuzzy morality that is really quite clear.sadness wrapped in a humor so dry that it's almost not palatable, but somehow, so genuine...oh i dunno--i just really like this one. who knows? maybe because the...
  • Caro M.
    Why was I unconsciously imagining Donald Trump's idiotic self-contented smile every time senator Rosewater was mentioned in the book? Must be the zeitgeist.I am amazed, how fresh and on time this whole Vonnegut's rant on riches feels today. But I'm not surprised. It's Vonnegut after all. Always leaves you laughing and sad. Because... humans?Half star off - the ending felt a bit forced and whatever-ed. Other than that - excellent.
  • David Sarkies
    Lawyers and Money2 November 2012 There are a number of Vonnegut books that I wish to read again, but this is not one of them. It is not because it is a bad book, or badly written, but that it is somewhat to what I expect from him. I somehow enjoy the irony of how a science-fiction writer casts his main characters as failed science-fiction writers (despite him not being one, though I suspect that when he started writing this would have been the ca...
  • James Steele
    The current head of the Rosewater Foundation, Eliot Rosewater, is a very peculiar man. He was born to a rich family, has more money than he could ever spend on his own, and yet all he wants to do is help the poor. There are people conspiring to declare him insane so they can install a new head of the Foundation. Someone they can manipulate into diverting some of that money into their undeserving hands.The narrative is so disjointed, never finding...
  • Katie
    Oh, Kurt Vonnegut, how I’ve missed you. Vonnegut has been one of my favorite authors since I read Cat’s Cradle (Stop what you are doing. Go read it!) over a decade ago. Although I’ve been slowly working my way through his entire catalogue, it’s been a few years since I’ve read him. When I picked up God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, there was a moment of anxiety. What if I’m wrong? What if I’ve changed? What if Vonnegut is no longer one ...
  • Chris
    I just finished all of the first six Vonnegut novels (except for the early Player Piano). It has been quite an experience over three weeks. In God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Vonnegut clearly and relentlessly makes his case for Humanism. As a cry for all of us to love one another without reservations, and without expectation of material rewards for such love, the book is effective. However, as a work of engaging literature it falls short. I tired o...