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2.  God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian - Kurt Vonnegut

I love Kurt Vonnegut, but for those of you who don’t know he is completely crazy.  Creative and genius, yes.  But also crazy.  If you need proof, this novel details a fictional account of his many purposeful near-death experiences on which he journeyed to heaven and interviewed the dead.  Talk about a different perspective.  On his travels he encounters William Shakespeare, Isaac Newton, and characters born in his own mind, as well as many others.  It’s good - but it’s really weird.  As previously indicated, I expected nothing less from Vonnegut, but don’t go into this thinking that it will be particular enlightening, or really even sensical.  It is a very interesting and original concept, but mostly it’s meant to entertain.  Everything from his banter with St. Peter to his suggestion that a monument be built in honor of Hitler keeps the reader a little on edge, unsure of what to make of the story.  My advice is to take it all as a joke, because that was the intent.  The book is a quick read, and I would certainly recommend it if you have some extra time on your hands, but it isn’t something I would go too out of my way to read.  

2.  God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian - Kurt Vonnegut

I love Kurt Vonnegut, but for those of you who don’t know he is completely crazy.  Creative and genius, yes.  But also crazy.  If you need proof, this novel details a fictional account of his many purposeful near-death experiences on which he journeyed to heaven and interviewed the dead.  Talk about a different perspective.  On his travels he encounters William Shakespeare, Isaac Newton, and characters born in his own mind, as well as many others.  It’s good - but it’s really weird.  As previously indicated, I expected nothing less from Vonnegut, but don’t go into this thinking that it will be particular enlightening, or really even sensical.  It is a very interesting and original concept, but mostly it’s meant to entertain.  Everything from his banter with St. Peter to his suggestion that a monument be built in honor of Hitler keeps the reader a little on edge, unsure of what to make of the story.  My advice is to take it all as a joke, because that was the intent.  The book is a quick read, and I would certainly recommend it if you have some extra time on your hands, but it isn’t something I would go too out of my way to read.  

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