Read It: God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

Vonnegut is my favorite author, I love his succinct and ironic cynicism. Part of the problem with book reviews is that they give too much of the story too soon. My review is the briefest of sketches of this story because I really want you to read it. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, or Pearls Before Swine, is my favorite book by Kurt Vonnegut, and I’ve read everything he wrote but a few short stories.

Eliot Rosewater is a WWII veteran and eccentric multi-millionaire who develops a conscience and wants to make a change. He settles in Rosewater, Indiana and starts a charity for the poor in town. Meanwhile, an unscrupulous lawyer is trying to use Eliot’s eccentricity, drinking and odd relationship with his wife to prove him mentally ill. Using this proof, he plans to take money from Eliot and give it to Eliot’s distant cousin, keeping a portion for himself.

Vonnegut brilliantly tells the stories of the different Mr. Rosewaters and thus tells the true tale, the story of money and its effect on people, rich and poor. Borrow it from your local library today, Kurt Vonnegut wrote a masterpiece, you owe it to yourself to read it.

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