God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater or Pearls Before Swine
"God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater or Pearls Before Swine" is a novel written by the American author Kurt Vonnegut. The novel was published in 1965.
Although the novel was written in the 1960s, it is still current: the book contains a social critique, which offers interesting insights on the value of money, but primarily on human values.
The protagonist is Eliot Rosewater, heir to a rich family. Eliot is believed crazy because he wants to help human beings at all costs, regardless of family heritage.
Vonnegut exasperates the character to highlight the flaws of capitalism.
From the stylistic point of view, Vonnegut's prose is immediate, dry and linear, without stylistic games.
Eliot's character is opposed to the context of an individualistic America and moved by money: Eliot has a strong sense of social justice, with even utopian traits, stating that the unequal sharing of wealth is something terrible. Life is hard enough without people having to make a sickness for money. There will be plenty for everyone in this country if we do the parts better. With these assumptions, Eliot Rosewater does good to others, preferring the "Americans of waste, even if useless and ugly". Great principle, great consequent action: it is the noble core of the novel.