God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian

God Bless You Dr Kevorkian The author jumps back and forth from the afterlife to interview Sir Isaac Newton Clarence Darrow William Shakespeare and his own character Kilgore Trout in this humorous look at death

  • Title: God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian
  • Author: Kurt Vonnegut
  • ISBN: 9780736654586
  • Page: 217
  • Format: None
  • The author jumps back and forth from the afterlife to interview Sir Isaac Newton, Clarence Darrow, William Shakespeare, and his own character, Kilgore Trout, in this humorous look at death.

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    1. God Bless you, Dr. Kevorkian began as a series of radio spots narrated by Kurt Vonnegut and then compiled into this short but humorous collection. The idea is that Vonnegut is a radio reporter to the Afterlife and he interviews several people in Heaven. Kevorkian assists him in near death experiences. Like all of Vonnegut’s work, it is funny and thought provoking at the same time.

    2. ایده‌های کورت ونه‌گات، واقعن جذاب و خلاقانه‌ان. توی این کتاب، گوینده‌رادیویی رو داریم که توی هرقسمت برنامه‌ش نیمه‌جون می‌شه و می‌ره از شخصیتای مرده مصاحبه تهیه می‌کنه و توسط دکتر به زندگی برمی‌گرده. طنز خوبی داره و حرفای درظاهرناجدی‌درباطن‌جدی می‌زنه. زندگی‌نامه خو [...]

    3. This tongue-in-cheek journal of "interviews," smirkingly presented by our narrator and fictional radio journalist, Mr. Kurt Vonnegut himself, as Non-Fiction, is a succinct promotion of Humanist (sorry, Kurt, I mean "little h-humanist") values, a playfully mocking critique of blind-faith spirituality, and a short sprint down various tiny, random branches of both famous and near-forgotten history. It is also an homage to Jack Kevorkian and his all-too-humanistic life and work, as well as a critiqu [...]

    4. This is one Vonnegut book that I could not connect with. There wasn't really anything that linked up and each conversation seemed to not matter to the others. There were parts that amused me but on the whole, it wasn't worth my time, even though it did not take much time to digest.

    5. I'm on the fence about a lot of Vonnegut's work. Because on the one hand, I read Slaughterhouse 5 as a literature illiterate in Junior year of High School (it wasn't until after High School that I became a real fan of reading). So there's a lot to love about Vonnegut on a purely nostalgic basis, or at least on the basis that he is who introduced me to literature in the first place. It was he that warmed me up to the great works that were to come, and of all the books that I claim to love now. I [...]

    6. (2.5) Would we take that 3/4's dead and go through the blue tunnel with a round trip back to life journey if we could? To obtain information from the mind of some of the best known intellectuals to ever live, with the absence of the concept of time? Vonnegut posits this for a brief analysis through the mind of a reporter that is being assisted by the ever-so-loved Dr. Jack Kevorkian.Witticisms a plenty and sarcasm, as usual, Vonnegut plays the intermediary interlocutor between the long dead (som [...]

    7. About twenty 2-to-3 page vignettes in which a fictional version of Vonnegut himself interviews all manner of deceased people, from the famous to the not so famous, in the tunneled entrance to what amounts to a Christian version of Heaven. There are gems of Vonnegutian (is that a word?) wisdom throughout, and lots of bits of high-brow humor (sometimes too high-brow, for my tastes), but there lacks any sort of overarching narrative or message to the book, an omission that would’ve catapulted thi [...]

    8. I think, for once, the brevity of this book does the subject matter a disservice. The short pieces were originally presented as 90-second interludes on WNYC, Manhattan's public radio station through the material has been reworked prior to publication. It is easy, tempting even, to race through this book, and enjoy the fun part of it (guilty as charged), and it is funny throughout, and not get the message; he can be quite subtle. Vonnegut presents these short pieces as if they were factual accoun [...]

    9. [“This is one of my favorite part of this book: :)]During my controlled near-death experiences, I’ve met Sir Isaac Newton, who died back in 1727, as often as I’ve met Saint Peter. They both hang out at the Heaven end of the blue tunnel of the Afterlife. Saint Peter is there because that’s his job. Sir Isaac is there of his insatiable curiosity about what the blue tunnel is, Low the blue tunnel works.It isn’t enough for Newton that during his eighty-five years on Earth he invented calcu [...]

    10. vonnegut must have written this later in lifewhat is a humanist? a humanist is a schmitt-heel who makes fun of the beliefs of others, at their expense, and offers nothing in exchange cervantes wrote.nd to friend no more draws near and the jester's cane has become a spearad this one on my amazon kindle, second book i've read on it, both todaygot to wonderinge all the pages here? how would i know? can't fan through them and sniff the coveror is that against the law by now?so kurt vonnegut as the n [...]

    11. Hilarious book. What started as complete irreverence for the hereafter actually became an appreciation of life in the now. Originally a collection of radio shorts for WNYC, the book chronicles the author's trip down the long blue tunnel to visit the Pearly Gates and interview a cast of souls both famous and ordinary. Dr. Kevorkian assists each time to send him 3/4 dead and then to bring him backwell, until Kevorkian gets nabbed for 1st degree murder charges and dragged back to his home state for [...]

    12. For an extremely short period of time in the late nineties, Kurt was “Reporter on the Afterlife” for the WNYC radio station in, presumably, NYC—hence the station’s name. (Columbo in the house!) This extremely short book compiles his ninety-second radio spots, where he met such figures as Dr. Mary D. Ainsworth, Adolf Hitler, Sir Isaac Newton and Isaac Asimov. Following Timequake, these little pieces were, more or less, what Kurt did towards the end of his life—little paragraphs of philo [...]

    13. این بار ونه گات به کمک دکتر که وارکیان، نیمه جان می شود، احتمالا با تزریق چیزی مرگبار، به آن دنیا می رود، دم در بهشت با آدم های مختلف مصاحبه می کند و برمی گردد. جهنمی وجود ندارد! همه به بهشت می روند و سنت پیتر ترتیب ملاقات ها را درست دم در بهشت می دهد!خود کتاب 65 صفحه بیشتر نیست، ام [...]

    14. God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian, Kurt Vonnegutعنوان: خدا حفظ‌تان کند دکتر که‌وارکیان؛ نویسنده: کورت ونه گات؛ مترجم: مصطفی رضیئی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، افراز، 1389، در 96 ص، شابک: 9789642432301؛ موضوع: مصاحبه های خیالی

    15. Added 2/8/14._God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian_ (79-page book) by Kurt Vonnegut (first published in 1999) 3/5/16 - I have finally gotten around to reading this very short book in which Kurt Vonnegut imagines himself as a reporter interviewing famous dead people. I must say that the satire and irony is delicious! You have to read the book to get the real sense of it. No amount of explanation can deliver the real effect of it.Each interview is a very short vignette, making the reading of the book very [...]

    16. این نگاه طنازانه و شیرین رو ونه گات دقیقا از کجا آورده بوده؟ یکی از معدود کسایی که باعث می شه وقتی دارم کتابش رو می خونم بلند بلند بخندم. بزرگ ترین مسائل اجتماعی-سیاسی رو هم می تونه خیلی ظریف به سخره بگیره و در عین حال انتقاد خودش رو هم مطرح کنه.مصاحبه با شکسپیر، آیزاک آسیموف، جی [...]

    17. مجموعه گزارش های وونه گوت در رادیوی WNYC به عنوان گزارشگره . مثل همه ی کارای دیگه ش با همون زبان ساده ، ولی خوندنش هم مث سایر کاراش لطف خودشو داره :-)

    18. A very short collection of very short interviews with the dead. Fictionalized, of course, although Vonnegut characteristically blurs the line between fiction and reality, interviewing, in his own name, both Adolf Hitler and Kilgore Trout, i.a. The book is transparently a fictional treatise on Humanism, of which Vonnegut was an ardent adherent. Being Vonnegut, he also includes biting satire. Take, for example, Hitler's megalomania, which persists even in the afterlife. Anyway, each of the chapter [...]

    19. The first thing I must admit is that this is not what I expected. I was expecting either an endorsement of or a condemnation of the controversial doctor. I personally think the good doctor did a valuable service for those who asked him for that service. If my earth journey happens to end in sickness and pain, I hope there is someone as compassionate as Dr. Kevorkian to help me cross the bridge. I doubt that such a person will be allowed by the medical, legal, and religious people who insist that [...]

    20. “This morning, thanks to a controlled near-death experience, I was lucky enough to meet, at the far end of the blue tunnel, a man named Salvatore Biagini. Last July 8th, Mr. Biagini, a retired construction worker, age seventy, suffered a fatal heart attack while rescuing his beloved schnauzer, Teddy, from an assault by an unrestrained pit bull named Chele, in Queens.The pit bull, with no previous record of violence against man or beast, jumped a four-foot fence in order to have at Teddy. Mr. B [...]

    21. Collection of vignettes, wherein V acts as reporter from beyond the grave, interviewing various dead persons. Point of the collection for real is a fundraiser for public radio, and each piece seems as though it could’ve been an on-air sketch.Standard V stuff: witty, lefty, sometimes silly. Faux interviews with John Brown, Clarence Darrow, Eugene Debs, Shakespeare, Hitler, Isaac Newton, James Earl Ray, Mary Shelley, Asimov. Kilgore Trout also gets interviewed.Notes interesting factoids, such as [...]

    22. Uuuuuughhhhhh. I am probably one (or maybe there's none) of the few people who didn't really like or get this book! Like it took me decades to finish it, and I actually read to the end because I hate leaving books unfinished. Plus since it's a really short book, I really really wanted to get it out of the way. I have normally loved the few Kurt Vonnegut books I have read thus far but this one just didn't do it for me. :'(

    23. Vonnegut's eccentric whimsy shines through in this book, which is split into short segments documenting an interview in Heaven with a dead person. The brevity was perfect, capturing a thought just simple enough to be potentially profound.

    24. God zegene u, dr. KevorkianIs geschreven door Kurt Vonnegut. De schrijver zelf heeft hier de hoofdrol als een journalist/verslaggever die een paar keer een gecontroleerde dood ervaard. Hij heeft zelf voor heeft gekozen en het word gedaan door dr. Kevorkian met als reden kijken wat er gebeurd na de dood en bekende mensen te gaan ondervragen waaronder: William Shakespeare, Adolf Hitler, Sir Isaak Newton, Louis Armstrong, John Brown, Martin Luther King,en nog veel bekende amerikanen.Het zijn zeer k [...]

    25. A very quick read but has all the expected Vonnegut elements. Tying in places and characters from previous works, the more Kurt Vonnegut I read, the more I crave to read MORE. This particular collection of short interviews were merely bread crumbs; not enough to make a meal of but very delicious.

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