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God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut
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Feb 01, 2010

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Typically humane Vonnegut farce on capitalism. It's not among the top tier of Vonnegut's fiction, though it is the origin of my favorite piece of Vonnegutian wisdom: "Dammit babies, you've got to be kind." And it made for a pleasant and diverting companion on my Greyhound trip home from Chicago.

The ideas are a little ahead of the writing here, and the characters are particularly thin, but you have to admire Rosewater's (and implicitly Vonnegut's) direct and simple solutions to the problems money can get us into, and the problems money can solve. (I especially enjoyed Rosewater's solution for the suicidal, and his grand experiment to love the citizens of Rosewater County is a real beauty of an experiment.)

As usual, I feel more than a little sad that I have one less Vonnegut book to read for the first time. There are so few left now.

So it goes.

Rating: Recommended.

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