God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian

God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian

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Overview

From Slapstick's "Turkey Farm" to Slaughterhouse-Five's eternity in a Tralfamadorean zoo cage with Montana Wildhack, the question of the afterlife never left Kurt Vonnegut's mind. In God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian, Vonnegut skips back and forth between life and the Afterlife as if the difference between them were rather slight. In thirty odd "interviews," Vonnegut trips down "the blue tunnel to the pearly gates" in the guise of a roving reporter for public radio, conducting interviews: with Salvatore Biagini, a retired construction worker who died of a heart attack while rescuing his schnauzer from a pit bull, with John Brown, still smoldering 140 years after his death by hanging, with William Shakespeare, who rubs Vonnegut the wrong way, and with socialist and labor leader Eugene Victor Debs, one of Vonnegut's personal heroes.
What began as a series of ninety-second radio interludes for WNYC, New York City's public radio station, evolved into this provocative collection of musings about who and what we live for, and how much it all matters in the end. From the original portrait by his friend Jules Feiffer that graces the cover, to a final entry from Kilgore Trout, God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian remains a joy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609800734
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication date: 12/14/2010
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 387,005
Product dimensions: 8.42(w) x 11.70(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

Born in 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana, KURT VONNEGUT was one of the few grandmasters of modern American letters. Called by the New York Times “the counterculture’s novelist,” his works guided a generation through the miasma of war and greed that was life in the U.S. in second half of the 20th century. After a stints as a soldier, anthropology PhD candidate, technical writer for General Electric, and salesman at a Saab dealership, Vonnegut rose to prominence with the publication of Cat’s Cradle in 1963. Several modern classics, including Slaughterhouse-Five, soon followed. Never quite embraced by the stodgier arbiters of literary taste, Vonnegut was nonetheless beloved by millions of readers throughout the world. “Given who and what I am,” he once said, “it has been presumptuous of me to write so well.” Kurt Vonnegut died in New York in 2007.

Date of Birth:

November 11, 1922

Date of Death:

April 11, 2007

Place of Birth:

Indianapolis, Indiana

Place of Death:

New York, New York

Education:

Cornell University, 1940-42; Carnegie-Mellon University, 1943; University of Chicago, 1945-47; M.A., 1971

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Graham Greene

Vonnegut is one of the best living American writers.

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Vonnegut is our strongest writer...the most stubbornly imaginative.

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God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you need to laugh and wish to be enlightened through the teachings of Kurt, you must pick up this book. I laughed all the way through, and when it was over I was craving more. A great work of literary loopiness, my my my, this is worth checking out. This is a happy reader signing off, ta ta!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is good. KV does a really good job with these little interviews. KV's alter ego shows up once, although he's not quite dead. It's a fast read, and if your looking for something humorous, I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is brilliant! It is impossible to put down, once opened! You will laugh and truly love these wonderful conversations! It is a masterpiece! Vonnegut is a genious!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book rendered Mr. Vonnegut as my favorite author, hands down, even without my having read more than 2 of his other novels. I went out and purchased all of the rest and they're sitting like unopened Christmas presents on the floor of my apartment. PlEaSe, DO YOURSELF A FAVOR and read this book (it only takes about an hour anyway) because if that wasn't nice, I don't know what was.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rather than waste your time going on about how Mr. Vonnegut is a genius and a prolific writer of the 20th century - I'm just going to talk about this book. Loved it! Hysterical..to the point...concise...brilliant...READ IT!
Matt_Sessions on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fast and often brilliant novella from a master story-teller, GOD BLESS YOU, DR. KEVORKIAN unfolds in a series of vignettes. The subject matter is life, death, and what comes before and after each, delivered to the narrator -- Vonnegut himself -- by deceased historical figures. Like other Vonnegut work, this book is poignant, elegant, and bursting with wise humor. Vonnegut is never one to waste words, and his compactness here is more pronounced than usual, allowing for rapid-fire bursts of philosophy. Sometimes this compression works against the material, making interactions seem fleeting and occasionally negating their impact. Fortunately, these detractions occur infrequently, making GOD BLESS YOU, DR. KEVORKIAN a fast, excellent read.
rores28 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Typical dry sardonic Vonnegut that any Vonnegut fan has come to know and love. My main gripe is that all of his bickering and cleverness has really been fleshed out more thoroughly in some of his other works (Slaughterhouse Five, Breakfast of Champions) and I feel like once you've read a few Vonnegut books you've read them all.
jimnightshade on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
super fun concept, could of/should of been developed more, and maybe made longer, i'd say. but still a great read-- for the half an hour that it lasted.
Devil_llama on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A quirky little book by a master storyteller. The premise is unique: the author inveighs upon Dr. Kevorkian to kill him, he goes to heaven and meets characters from history, and then the good doctor resuscitates him. He makes the trip multiple times, weaving all sorts of stories into a tapestry of politics, history, and literature. My favorite was the visit with Mary Shelley.
Amzzz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kurt Vonnegut delves into the afterlife... literally! He interviews people in heaven and comes up with some cute stories, but overall this book didn't really appeal to me.
-AlyssaE- on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I think that it was the first Vonnegut book that i had read. I love his near death experiences, and how he talks to people in the afterlife. Its just a very interesting way to think about things and how he is writing this book. It's a very short and easy read, but also makes you think why is he writing this.
shawnd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a short, precocious little book (77 small-format pages in the one I had, with really sparse printing). The premise is that the protagonist has been enabled by Dr. Kevorkian and some technology to be able to do managed near-death experiences, and use these to visit with people in Heaven just briefly. Some of the interviewees include random Joes and also Adolf Hitler and Clarence Darrow. The book is a well-written little satire. If viewed from the perspective that Vonnegut wanted to make political and moral statements (as usual) in a jabbing satire, this is an enjoyable aperitif you could consume over a long latte.
rachelbrandfire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
exceptionally short. i finished in less than an hour. it has the usual vonnegut wit but none of the substance. but i still recommend it if you like the author or if you are waiting at the bus stop. it's better than a magazine.
the_awesome_opossum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian is a very, very short book consisting of fictional interviews of dead people by Vonnegut. It was a neat idea, adapted from short interludes meant for radio, and I especially enjoyed his interviews with Hitler and Mary Shelley. My only regret is that the book wasn't *longer*!
nesum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As much as I like Vonnegut, I cannot recommend this particular book to anyone. It is self-indulgent and dull, and only serves to put Vonnegut's words into the mouths of famous dead people rather than making a statement as to the actual philosophy and views of those people. There are a thousand ways he could have made this particular one interesting, but he didn't. A shame.
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discourseincsharpminor More than 1 year ago
I love Vonnegut and this book was no exception. His quirky social commentary is there in full force with this set of short, interview-style pieces.
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