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The Sirens Of Titan af Kurt Vonnegut
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The Sirens Of Titan (original 1959; udgave 1999)

af Kurt Vonnegut (Forfatter)

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Malachi Constant, "the richest man in America," gives up his indulgent lifestyle to follow an urgent calling to probe the depths of space. He participates in a Martian invasion of Earth, mates with the wife of an astronaut adrift on the tides of time, and follows the lure of the "Sirens of Titan."
Medlem:steven.hirst
Titel:The Sirens Of Titan
Forfattere:Kurt Vonnegut (Forfatter)
Info:Gateway (1999), Edition: New Ed, 224 pages
Samlinger:The Hirst Collection, Dit bibliotek
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This is one that will stay with me for a while. I loved the detail in the creation of Rufoord's new religion. I almost wondered at times if I was instead reading "The Winston Niles Rumfoord Pocket HIstory of Mars". But it wasn't until I reached the end, until the reveal of the Tralfamadorian influence on Earth, that I realized the full impact of the story. For me, it changed the whole perspective of the narrative, and wonderfully so. Throughout the book, Vonnegut in his matter-of-fact tone simultaneously challenges and embraces the ideas of free will, fate, and purpose. I think if there is a moral to the story, it would be what Constant said of Beatrice at the very end- "It took us that long to realize that a purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved." And I'll be comforted in the future by the thought that I am a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all. ( )
  SeanBoley | Jun 5, 2021 |
Malachi Constant is told that it is inevitable that he will travel from Earth to Mars to Mercury, back to Earth and then to Titan. Despite his best efforts to avoid this prophecy it does come true.

The first chapter had some funny scenes, but although I could see that the rest of it was meant to be funny, it just didn't tickle my funny-bone. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Jan 11, 2021 |
This book is brilliant in that subtle way that great writers can expertly manage to pull off, whether they were consciously seeking to or not. It is an easy read while simultaneously grappling with concepts like free-will and the human desire to seek purpose. This book just cradles so many ideas, and does so in such a delicately interconnected way that is so impressive i think i'll read it again and again when i have the time. I'm sure that it will shed new light with each new reading.

Vonnegut's irk with organized religion is pretty apparent. He doesn't make any insult or find it irrelevant per se, but Rumfoord appears to be a caricature of the enterprising evangelist. Unk's/Rumfoord's life might almost appear to be a christ-like sacrifice, with their appearing to have no choice in changing the course of their future.

I think what strikes me most about this book is that for all its quiet and colorful abstractions through the medium of science fiction, Vonnegut manages to appeal to a very human sensibility that he recognizes and states in the book. That "it is the contrast that they love". The ending is simple. The answer to the question of the human purpose is simple. And ironically so after the massive nature of the variables included in the book, where we're dealing with unimaginably insane timelines and events. In the end, the answer brings us back from this science fiction to our very humanity and to the world that we live in. ( )
  verkur | Jan 8, 2021 |
Some nice moments, but on the whole kind of tedious -- heavier on wacky plot and machinations than I usually go for. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
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