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God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian Paperback – December 14, 2010
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Vonnegut's visits with the other side are short, often leaving the reader wanting to know just a little bit more. He uses an interesting approach, interviewing a wide variety of people...from famous thinkers to the typical Joe, reminding us that we much too often overlook the significance of every life.
Vonnegut's liberal-self shines through when he jokes around about the death penalty and the Texas facility that him and Jack must evacuate several times so that it may be put to "full" use. And for history buffs, his interview with Eugene V. Debs will keep you laughing. :)
This work is a short and fast read, which will start the reader off laughing. (The introduction is typical Vonnegut satire.) Not to be compared (by any means) to his major works such as Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse Five, or Mother Night, but nonetheless worth the read.
The book is presented as a series of reports from the afterlife; according to Vonnegut, controversial assisted suicide advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian guided him through controlled near-death experiences, during which Vonnegut interviewed a series of dead individuals: abolitionist John Brown, convicted murderer Karla Faye Tucker, beloved sci-fi writer Isaac Asimov, scientist Sir Isaac Newton, etc.
Along the way Vonnegut touches on such topics as humanism, slavery, genocide, ballooning, writing, and more. There are a number of curious revelations about the afterlife, such as the fact that Louis Armstrong leads a band which includes two Tasmanian musicians. "Dr. Kevorkian" is whimsical, cynical, irreverent, and altogether enjoyable.
The "interview" with Isaac Asimov is priceless. You will be pleased to hear that Asimov is still writing, although avoiding the embarrassment of publishing new books years after he's dead (unlike, say, L. Ron.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a collection of vignettes of the experiences of the main character visiting the dead. For any fan of Vonnegut, this is a must read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by T. Maerling
This slim volume provided food for thought, provoked guffaws, and left me wanting more. It was not what I expected, it was more.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I find myself wanting to quote everything. Every page. The whole book. Perhaps that's why his books are brief. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Anne D. Kaufhold
This is an amazing read. Its short but full of great moments. It's like a Spoon River Anthology for our times.Published 9 months ago by C. A. Yeager
teen book, not for teens...... (late teens) they love this stuff as freshman in college.Published 10 months ago by cathleenn
Vonnegut pseudo autobiographical novels are not always that interesting. This is great if you are a fan but disappointing if you're looking for a story.Published 14 months ago by Dave B
I've purchased 4 copies of this book so far. People borrow it and neglect to return it. It reminds you of the humanity of Vonnegut. It reminds you of the humanity within you.Published 14 months ago by Spruce
Not one of Kurt Vonnegut's best efforts, but there are some bright spots in this very quick read. Like his short interview with Adolf Hitler.Published 15 months ago by Moody Van