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- God Bless You Mr Rosewater or Pearls before Swine
- Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
- 13 October 2018
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Read God Bless You Mr Rosewater or Pearls before Swine Summary Ì PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ☆ 4 review He really terrific things which are happening today Money does not drive Mr Rosewater or the corrupt lawyer who tries to shape the Rosewater fortune so much as outrage at the human condition The novel was adapted for a 1979 Alan Menken musical The novel is told mostly thru a collection of short stories dealing with Eliot's interactions with the citizens of Rosewater County usually with the last sentence serving as a punch line The antagonist's tale Mushari's is told in a similar short essay fashion The stories reveal different hypocrisies of humankind in a darkly humorous fashio. 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 this all has deep meaning and maybe I m just pulling it out of my ass style Confusing possible symbolism aside God Bless You Mr Rosewater is an intriguing look at wealth and charity in America And why lawyers are evil Also I was happy to see that the infamous Kilgore Trout my favorite recurring Vonnegut character made another appearance in the story of Mr RosewaterSummary Ì PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Read God Bless You Mr Rosewater or Pearls before Swine Summary Ì PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ☆ 4 review Ho functions for Eliot Rosewater as both conscience and horrid example Rosewater seeking to put his inheritance to some meaningful use his father was an entrepreneur tries to do good within the context of almost illimitable cynicism and corruptionIt is in this novel that Rosewater wanders into a science fiction conference an actual annual event in Milford Pennsylvania and at the motel delivers his famous monologue evoked by science fiction writers and critics for almost half a century None of you can write for sour apples but you're the only people trying to come to terms with t. 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 euated control and benefit if you got the use of something you owned it Breaking the link between control and benefit was to them dangerous not to say impossibleBut medieval lawyers mostly priests found a way round the Roman legal tradition So in Vonnegut s novel the shares but not the assets of the Rosewater Company are owned by the Rosewater Trust The only thing the later can expect from the former is an euitable flow of dividends which is exactly what it gets Otherwise the Trust has no say in what the Corporation does or how it does it The Rosewater Corporation is in itself uselessIt is the Trust that gives the Corporation its usefulness The chairmanship of the Trust is hereditary but that has no influence on who runs the company An excellent summary of the modern corporate condition As Vonnegut says about his main characters Almost all were beneficiaries of boodles and laws that had nothing to do with wisdom or work They treat themselves as merely extensions of the corporation and as such useless that is as making only decisions of control not benefitThe separation of corporate control and benefit opens the way for what Roman lawyers feared most fraud Who can say whether those in control the corporate managers are really doing their best for the beneficiaries In fact what can best mean when it is merely the superlative for an infinite number of uite different possible goods The opportunity for fraud is immense and historically irresistible This is the main theme of God Bless You Mr Rosewater corporate fraud and how to combat itFraud pervades the book from Norman Mushari s attempts to wrest control of the Rosewater Trust to Amanita Buntline s affected passion for Beethoven mistakenly played at the wrong speed The big fraud of course is that those with corporate control create social benefit They don t As Selena Buntline s maid says It s the way they have of thinking that everything nice in the world is a gift to the poor people from them or their ancestors This includes the ocean the moon the stars in the sky and the United States ConstitutionSome folk do benefit by the legal arrangements of corporate capitalism There are about seven in Rosewater County Indiana for example But aside from them it s the fraudsters who end up on top Legal arrangements being what they are the corporate world is as the Romans knew it would be like the 1812 Overture played on a kazoo That is to say a false representation of something magnificent the instinct to do something beneficial for ones fellow manVonnegut suggests two options for overcoming the power of the false representation in corporate capitalism insanity or generosity The fact that Donald Trump is president of the United States suggests that most people most Americans anyhow prefer the first option
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ☆ 4 review
Read God Bless You Mr Rosewater or Pearls before Swine Summary Ì PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ☆ 4 review 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 writerTrout modeled according to Vonnegut on the science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon with whom Vonnegut had an occasional relationship is a desperate impoverished but visionary hack writer w. One of the 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 sleepFirst published in 1965 Vonnegut shares the story of Eliot Rosewater an heir to a rich estate who is restless and looks to find his way amid various philanthropic misadventures helping the poor becoming a volunteer firefighter etc As a story Vonnegut is his usual hilarious self letting his character as narrator drop several times and revealing personal asides Beneath the surface the author conveys an allegory about our spiritually hollow lives a not so subtle dig at capitalism having money than senseand so it goes 2019 re readRe reading this for the second or third time I am again astounded YES astounded is the right word at Vonnegut s cool minimalistic narrative ability Telling the story of Elliot Rosewater a trust heir who devotes his life to helping the poor the downtrodden and the luckless Vonnegut presents one of his best stories about the haves and have nots and one of his scathingly cynical worksStepping aside from his playful works this one as an edge swimming just under the surface throughout There is still certainly his wit humor and homey charm but his passion for this subject burns through acidly and even as the reader smiles and laughs along with the comedy Vonnegut s liberal sensibilities prickles and teases us to think about wealth distributionIn Elliot we have one of Vonnegut s most poignant protagonists His heroism is tragicomic being touched as it is by legitimate mental health issues but also by the supposed psychosis of guilt for his riches Vonnegut is too good to leave us with merely a morality tale about social consciousness he also asks uestions about the effectiveness of blind welfareElliot is also a big fan of Kilgore Trout and Vonnegut s ubiuitous science fiction writer has a cameo There is also than a few Shakespearean references especially to Hamlet and another painful visit to the firebombing of Dresden The Rhode Island scenes with the fisherman are some of my favorites in all of his canon