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God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

dreeves1, June 5, 2007

Vonnegut is a master story teller with this book. From Diana who is afraid of electricity to Elliot Rosewater, himself, the characters are a rich blend of the eccentric to the obvious. All are unforgettable. Vonnegut's characters tend to spread themselves across his novels, too large to be contained in just one book. Elliot Rosewater also appears in Slaughterhouse Five as does the illusive character, Elliot Rosewater's idol, Philip Jose Farmer. As a native Hoosier, as was Vonnegut, and in regard to God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater's setting, the book works with its small town Indiana setting and the odd characters that it represents. A terrific read as it winds its way through the lives of people who have grown hopeless or happy in their everyday struggle to survive.
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War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning by Chris Hedges
War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning

dreeves1, February 7, 2007

Although Hedges is not a pacifist, by any means, he makes for a strong argument that human beings and governments are shaped by their wars. His first account view of war leaves the reader with a deep and meaningful idea of the lessons that war has to teach us as a people.
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