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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

I would be the first to admit that I am lacking in my Kurt Vonnegut cannon.  I bought my brother The Slaughterhouse Five for Christmas years ago and have been meaning to read it, really I have.  I picked up God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater on an Amazon sale last month and ran out of books on my bus home from Boston last week.  What a lovely accident, I tell you.  This book has made me a happier person in so many ways.

Synopsis?  Why, I am not even sure how to begin.  Eliot Rosewater runs the Rosewater Foundation, founded by his father as a tax shelter for passing on his fortune to his son.  Unfortunately Eliot takes this seriously and moves to Rosewater, Indiana, the hometown of the (you guessed it!) Rosewaters.  Norman Mushari is a conniving lawyer who aims to bring Eliot down.  Norman goes out to the East Coast relatives to shake things up and bring in a new branch of the family.  That's all you get for this because, well, you just have to read it.

This story is laugh out loud funny.  Like, on the train, on the plane, can-not-stop-giggling funny.  This book just brightened my life (not only my day!).  The characters were so well-developed and honest while still being so ridiculous that they seemed unreal.  The story was fairly short (I read it on my Kindle), but it is one I will keep on my device to pick up in the event of a no-good-very-bad day.  Because no matter how low I get, Eliot Rosewater will bring me back up. 

Vonnegut is a master of language, and he crafts a sentence with such aplomb.  This book was a blast and I can't wait to re-read it.


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