Rosewater: what a bummer!

When legendary Swedish pop group ABBA sang their hit, ‘Money, Money, Money‘ their longing for wealth could well have come straight out of Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical novel, God Bless You, Mr Rosewater.

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Pamela Bliss’s mural of Kurt Vonnegut in Indiana (photo credit: Indy Star, Frank Espich, photographer)

Vonnegut spoke his mind freely and frequently.  Explore his quotations to get a feel for the man behind the book.  Kurt Vonnegut had this to say on literature:

“Do you realize that all great literature is all about what a bummer it is to be a human being? Isn’t it such a relief to have somebody say that?”

We will be looking at how Vonnegut explores ‘what a bummer it is to be a human being’ in America (and much of this could be extrapolated to the western developed world) and to do so we need to get our heads around some key concepts.

Capitalism

Socialism

Altruism

Meritocracy

Satire

Once we understand what these things are in theory we need to examine them in practice.

 

 

 

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