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- Listening Length: 5 hours and 29 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: August 11, 2009
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B001D1ILDI
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Mr. Rosewater is a man with about 80 million dollars, he uses mostly to help the people of his town. He pays their car payments, gives them money for whatever they ask. The townsfolk don't all love him, many resent his help. Meanwhile his family thinks he's crazy for helping regular people like this, and they are fighting to get control of the money so they can do "bigger and more important" things with it.
You'll have to read it see what I mean.
But superficially: the ending just quit. Vonnegut had to wrap it up somehow, and I don't much like how he did it. But it was probably the only way he could. (I must confess to have kept reading it, in part, just to see how he was going to get out of it!)
More from me without ruining it for you? Ummm, don't think so.
Let's just say this: What if you were born filthy rich and realized that that was unthinkably unfair? What if you actually acted like Jesus said we should act -- and, as a result, people thought you were crazy?
Fortunately it's a problem almost none of us will ever have to face.
To that end, I wouldn't recommend it as a first Vonnegut read. It's almost an essay about his views on the madness of capitalism in America.
It's a great novel, no doubt, with a very satisfying ending. But if you've heard about Kurt Vonnegut and you just want to try it out, try "Slaughterhouse Five," "Hocus Pocus," "Cat's Cradle," or "Mother Night."
You really can't go wrong with this amazing author, but "God Bless You Mr. Rosewater" might come off as a bit preachy if you don't know what you're getting into.
That being said, it is still a great novel. So if you're a fan, read this book.
I couldn't help but feel that Vonnegut doesn't have the answers that this book is looking for. It seemed like he got as close as he was either willing or able to get, and then just ended the book. I obviously need to read it a few more times because my first feeling was a sense of helplessness. It made me think that things are the way they are and there really is no changing it and that helping people might not necessarily help people. But in the end it doesn't matter if your help actually helped or not because people are deserving of help. Kind of an anti climatic conclusion if you ask me.