God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian (英語) ペーパーバック – 2001/5/22
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After finishing this book, I wasn't sure whether to be happy or mad. Certainly I paid what seemed to be a fortune for the book. The book itself is 80 pages, and on Amazon costs $9.95 which comes out to about 12.4 cents per page (if you don't consider shipping costs). The font is large, the spacing is generous, and there is PLENTY of room in the margins for taking notes. So basically what I am saying is that... there isn't much here.
What IS here is a series of fictional interviews that Vonnegut conducts at the end of the tunnel following the bright light of the afterlife. He conducts 20 second interviews with the people on the other side of the pearly gates. The interviews are often a single question, or a history of the person followed by a single line by the person. The interviewees range from a man who died saving his pooch from a pit-bull to Hitler himself (who is very sorry by the way). The issue is that each of the interviews ranges from on page to at most, 3 pages. So much more could have been said and done. This book felt like more of a teaser than anything else. A preview if you will, of something great to come.
As always, what Vonnegut writes is brilliant. The problem is that I paid $10 for a book that I finished in under a half an hour. I would advise borrowing this from a friend, a relative, the library or just stand there in the bookstore and read it rather than paying for it.
This would have been 5 stars to me, but I'm detracting a star for feeling a bit ripped off for volume.
I would like to have spent some weekends in a small boat - on a quiet lake - with Mr. Vonnegut, jr. He would, I'm sure, have shown me the futility of drowning worms in order to catch small fish that the consumption of would not materially change the world that we live in.
The book will not likely survive the passage of time that his Slaughter House Five did, but some of us will re-read it when we come to our senses.