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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. I always seemed to have done things the way I wanted to when I was a kidBeing mildly autistic I learned things a lot differently than other kids sometimes with none of it especially math sinking in I thought differently but I was really half dreaming I played piano differently but I thundered downward on the keys instead of flexibly moving my fingers Into them And I laughed hysterically but usually with glee especially at teenaged deranged cartoons like Rocky and Bullwinkle So also I laughed hysterically at my first Vonnegut book which musta seemed like a cartoon but wasn’t and it was probably Sirens of TitanI had heard all about the new Boomer Counterculture Sensation Kurt V from my Grandmother’s Atlantic Magazine and from my Mom’s New York Times Book Review The best thing for us Boomer Boppers since fresh sliced white bread they all saidOf course I was scandalized by Vonnegut’s crudeness but thought I had to make a mature dent in such books ones my parents’ mature generation even endorsed so reading Vonnegut ushered me into an oddly skewed adult worldMost of the jokes I didn’t get for I was a teen with no political savvy But then again Woodstock was fanatically dear to my teen peers so I fell in with a bandwagon of countercultural political leaningOf course later combining leftist sentiment with conservative morality I couldn’t see the Mack Truck Barrelling in my direction in the rear view blind spot that was my nonexistent and a little autistic perspicuity But that’s my historyBy the time I read Eliot Rosewater’s story I could still laugh thanks to my then mid teen sister’s youthful giggling presence in my life but it was after my ‘accident’ so Mr Rosewater was for me a bitterly sardonic type of laughSchool of Hard Knocks anyone Just leave your reasoning at the doorThat’s why I was VERY happy today to read my good friend Brian’s review here because he showed me a reason for joy in this book which I thought joyless You see I never knew black humour in my life because like Norman Peale I’ve always tried to see goodness in those around meAnd also just like Eliot Rosewater I was the cynics’ whipping boySo when Brian resurrected Eliot from the depths of my depressive reaction to this novel and showed the outright godliness in Mr Rosewater’s altruistic demeanour I was overjoyedBecause Brian you have rescued Eliot’s reputation for meAnd my warped understanding of this book Which was always threatened by an incipient cloud of despair over my shared fallen humanity As Brian so skilfully shows was never this great author’s intention How to Seduce an Angel in 10 Days terrific Beautiful Criminal things which are happening The Christian's Guide to No Contact: How to End Your Relationships With Narcissistic, Psychopathic, and Abusive Family and Friends, and Still be a Good Christian today Money does not drive Mr Rosewater or We Were Invincible: Testimony of an Ex-Commando the corrupt lawyer who The Formula of Concord Core and Highlights - The Doctrine of Election in Questions and Answers tries Sticks and Stones to shape Drama 99 FM the Rosewater fortune so much as outrage at Drama 99 FM the human condition The novel was adapted for a 1979 Alan Menken musical The novel is Antiques Flee Market told mostly Goldilocks and the Three Behrs thru a collection of short stories dealing with Eliot's interactions with Spark the citizens of Rosewater County usually with Wind in the Ashes the last sentence serving as a punch line The antagonist's Ceremony of Seduction tale Mushari's is Here He Comes Again told in a similar short essay fashion The stories reveal different hypocrisies of humankind in a darkly humorous fashio. 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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 The Loved Dead And Other Tales 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 One September Morning the country in search of heritage and philanthropic outcome introducing Ladyhawke the science fiction writer Kilgore Trout Killer's Law to Visible Lives: A Tribute To E. 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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 Abandoned Child to put his inheritance The Suicide Factory: Abu Hamza And The Finsbury Park Mosque to some meaningful use his father was an entrepreneur Dynamo: Defending the Honour of Kiev tries The Times a Year in Nature Notes to do good within Allan Stein the context of almost illimitable cynicism and corruptionIt is in Managing Anger: Simple Steps to Dealing with Frustration and Threat this novel Rush to the Dead Summer that Rosewater wanders into a science fiction conference an actual annual event in Milford Pennsylvania and at Kansas in August 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 Maggie the only people The Great Arc: The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped and Everest Was Named trying The Peoples of Middle-earth to come How to predict the weather with a cup of coffee: and other techniques for surviving the 9-5 jungle to Kandahar Cockney terms with An Angel Held My Hand t. Secrets of Joy the Money RiverVonnegut knew stuff about corporate life Railway Day Trips: 150 classic train journeys from around Britain that most folk don't Namely Uprooted - A Canadian War Story that 1 no one owns Being Good: A Short Introduction to Ethics the corporation and 2 The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty that The Snake-Oil Dickens Man the essence of The Stonecutter the corporation is Snake-Oil Dickens Man the separation of control dominium in legalese and benefit usufructus The corporation is essentially and magnificently useless It is an arrangement The Garden in the Clouds: From Derelict Smallholding to Mountain Paradise that would have driven Roman lawyers insane mainly because The Stonecutter they euated control and benefit if you got Three Complete Novels: The Last Place God Made / The Savage Day / A Prayer for the Dying the use of something you owned it Breaking The Broomstick Collection the link between control and benefit was Nature Conservation to Flameborn: HarperImpulse Paranormal Romance them dangerous not The Exotic Meat Cookbook: From Antelope to Zebra to say impossibleBut medieval lawyers mostly priests found a way round Undertaking Love the Roman legal Love Your Neighbour tradition So in Vonnegut's novel Warsaw 1944: The Fateful Uprising the shares but not Rush to the Dead Summer the assets of A Mother Like Alex the Rosewater Company are owned by The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age the Rosewater Trust The only Sky's the Limit: British Cycling's Quest to Conquer the Tour de France thing A Catch of Consequence the later can expect from Rebellion of a Chalet Girl the former is an 'euitable' flow of dividends which is exactly what it gets Otherwise The Wolf Sea the Trust has no say in what Pipers Piping the Corporation does or how it does it The Rosewater Corporation is in itself uselessIt is Memoirs of a Courtesan the Trust The Broads that gives The First Christmas Without You the Corporation its usefulness The chairmanship of "Porridge" (The Best of British Comedy) the Trust is hereditary but The Woven Path that has no influence on who runs Scotland The Best: New and fully updated 13th edition of Scotland’s bestselling guide the company An excellent summary of Fahrenheit 451 the modern corporate condition As Vonnegut says about his main characters Almost all were beneficiaries of boodles and laws Faux En écriture that had nothing Five Little Pumpkins. 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