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This was my first introduction to Mr. Vonnegut and I really wanted to like it. I tried. I can see how clever and well-crafted it is, but it felt like a chore getting through it.
Vonnegut’s exposition on free will poses a more entertaining meaning to life than to say we’re products of our environments that aren't responsible for the silly things we do . . . ‘Sirens’ favors the upbeat view that we fill our purpose perfectly, never mind character defects of those portrayed. If only things were so simple!
I stepped into a time machine back to the 1970’s to revisit the Vonnegut I adored and admired as a teenager. On the inside cover, a Librarian had noted this book had much wear and tear from so much love through the years. The story contains a heartbreaking trip to Mercury, a credible solution to a nuclear Armageddon and the meaning of life: “To love whoever is around to be loved.” His best. Reading Slaughterhouse Five afterwards was a bit disappointing.
I quit reading half way through when it was all about the Martian army, probably a satire/comment by an American male writer about the politics of his day
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Vonnegut has a remarkable way of expressing dark humour through the prose encouraging critical thinking regarding moral philosophy. From the first chapter, you are enthralled with elements of science fiction that condition your concepts of reality while engaged in the narrative. This novel took me on a journey through a universe I thought I knew and provided an entertaining view of a future unknown.
Maybe not the best of his novels but pretty well sets you up for all that will follow. His science is terrible but the social satire is superb.
Weird book. Not scientifically accurate by a long shot, but an interesting social commentary. Considering the current political situation, definitely worth reading.
From the moment he meets his displaced patron, the only thing Malachi Constant can count on is change. This deftly woven tale of a Space Wanderer enduring a series of carefully calculated accidents is vintage Vonnegut. In true post-modern fashion, he breaks down philosophy, religion, matrimony, war, peace and indeed the sum total of human civilization. It manages to be laugh-out-loud funny and heartbreaking on facing pages, with a rented-a-tent cadence that begs not to be put down.
Like all great Vonnegut books, you start out believing that what you are reading is science fiction. Then, at some point, the tragic nuances hit you as exactly the social construct you live every day inside. This was not my favorite Vonnegut book, but it is still an impressive work of fiction for its itty bitty 200 pages. The hopefulness of this one really hit.
It's not too often that you get a book that manages to be as tragic, lovely, and wacky as this one. Its an existential journey throughout the solar system that you won't soon forget.
The first great Vonnegut novel. Presents many future, recurring themes: The Anti-Hero in an Existentialist Universe, etc., etc. And I just wanted to point out in regards to pigirl's comment, that "The Sirens of Titan" was originally published in 1959, when Douglas Adams was a mire 7 years old.
Definitely would recommend this book to anyone. It covers themes like free will and the purpose of life and is loaded with sarcasm. As seanewoods said the religious satire was very in your face, but I laughed out loud at parts from it so it worked alright for me. This is the first book by Vonnegut that I've read but definitely not the last.
Not bad, but certainly not Vonnegut's best work. Could have been more subtle with the religious satire.
I enjoyed many of the themes in this thick satire, but not all of them clicked for me now. Least favorite or least understood - Boaz.
This book is AMAZING. It has the same wonderfully science fiction approach as Douglas Adams' 'Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy'. Everyone should read this book.
It's a strange book - and one of the strange things is how I liked the book more after I'd finished it and put it away than when I was actually reading it. Make no mistake, the book - about three people (and a dog) and their solar system-spanning story - is funny and compelling enough to finish in just a few hours, but it's marvelously subtle, and yet massive in scope. One of the men can see the future and "travels" through space and time and Vonnegut uses this to scatter pieces of the book around that only make sense near the end, where he answers some of the questions we ask when we turn our attention inward. It's a book that asks a lot of questions and tries, through humour, and tragedy, to answer them. Also, it's a satire of religion, and a darned funny one.
Like "Hitchhiker's Guide"? Vonnegut does it even better. Try "Hocus Pocus" and other Vonngegut, too!