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Eventually, he ended up in Rosewater, Indiana- a depressed backwater that his family had long ago used up and abandoned to found the beginnings of their fortune. He found the people there to be without pride, without hope, without work. So he opened up an office over the liquor store in order to help anyone who needed his help. The sign on the door said simply, "Rosewater Foundation: How Can We Help You?" So Eliot Rosewater, philanthropist, poet, volunteer fireman, Harvard graduate, and drunk proceeded to help any and all that came to him for help.
Needless to say his family could not allow such insanity to continue. Why even Eliot's psychoanalyst came to the conclusion that Eliot was a pervert. The nature of his perversion being the fact that he had channeled all his psychic energy into bringing Utopia to earth for all those in need. What could be more abnormal in modern, capitalist society?Read more ›
I kept having to check the publishing information to make sure that it was written 46 years ago and not 46 minutes ago. Some of the concepts are so prescient as to seem almost spooky. (Or perhaps that means they are timeless...but caught up in today's crazy political spectrum, I am going with the prophetic angle.)
"Thus did a handful of rapacious citizens come to control all that was worth controlling in America. Thus was the savage and stupid and entirely inappropriate and unnecessary and humorless American class system created. 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. Thus the American dream turned belly up..." Can anyone say Wisconsin in 2011?
And, "An even more instructive motto, in the light of history made by the Noah Rosewaters, might be: Grab much too much, or you'll get nothing at all."
I tore through this book, amazed not only by Vonnegut's amazing social commentary, but also by the small pauses of quiet beauty he describes, scenes of a country that was and might not be much longer. "That's such an American sound, you know? School out and the flag down? Such a sad American sound. You should hear it sometime when the sun's gone down, and a light evening wind comes up, and it's suppertime all over the world." So descriptive...I can see and feel the scene exactly.Read more ›
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Master author weaving the complex problems that continues to describe all humans. A delightful critical insight into human frailties. ReadPublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
This story is a remarkable novel about the ruinous effects of wealth, one that’s astoundingly timely still today given its age. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Kurt Russell
If you get Kurt Vonneguts humor than you will enjoy this book. I think this is one of his best.Published 3 months ago by Jodie
Vonnegut's easy style draws you in and leaves you a little surprised at the social commentary he intertwines into his quirky narrative.Published 4 months ago by Gareth Gwynne
Kurt Vonnegut at his earlier beginnings but just prior to Slaughterhouse which was what put him on the map!!!!Published 4 months ago by allen culpepper
Probably one of the best novels I have ever read with a moral point to make. I recommend the book to anyone wrestling with the issue of income inequality, how it occurs, what can... Read morePublished 4 months ago by stephen a. ernst
It's Vonnegut, what can you say. The man was a genius. It's not his best work, but it's still excellent.Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
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