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The Sirens of Titan is an outrageous romp through space time and morality The richest most depraved man on Earth Malachi C. 5 THINGS I KNOW I learned from reading Sirens of Titan 1 Kurt Vonnegut was a brilliantly insightful GENIUS whose brain waves were ever so slightly out of phase with our universe making complete comprehension of his work by the rest of us impossible 2 In the hands of a master literature can be both incredibly entertaining and soul piercingly deep 3 Vonnegut had a rock hard MAD on the size of a Dyson Sphere against Organized Religion 4 Winston Niles Rumfoord is a Gigantanormous Hobbit blowing Douchasaurus Rex or if you prefer the proper latin phrase Giganticus SamwiseGamgeeus Douchbaggius Maximus and5 A Martian soldier unable to stand at attention because he has been strangled to death by his best friendcan be VERY VERY FUNNYThere is uite a bit that I m pretty sure of after reading this Vonnegut classic but on the above I am very confidant I had so much fun with this book and I am sure that I still missed some of what Vonnegut was trying to say His delivery is so dry and understated that if your attention wonders even for a moment you can miss his point I think this is one of those books that just screams to be read in a group and discussed Maybe that s why books like this lend themselves so well to re reading every so often because there is so much there to find upon closer inspection PLOT SUMMARYHere is a brief rundown of the plot for what it s worth The story is told by an unnamed far future historian and takes place over a 40 year period during the Nightmare Ages sometime between the Second World War and the Third Great Depression The story revolves around 3 main characters are Malachi Constant the aforementioned Winston Niles Rumfoord and Rumfoord s wife Beatrice The story begins with Malachi Constant the richest man in the world being granted a rare invitation to the Rumfoord Estate to witness a materialization You see Winston Niles Rumfoord while traveling between Earth and Mars with his pooch came in contact with a phenomenon called chrono synclastic infundibulum one of the truly remarkable concepts created by Vonnegut but you ll have to read for yourself As a result of his encounter Rumfoord now exists as a wave phenomena has complete knowledge of the past a future and materializes for a few minutes at his home every 599 days Malachi is the first person other than Beatrice to be allowed to see and speak to Rumfoord during his visits During the visitation Rumfoord tells Malachi all about his future and the future of his wife Beatrice and explains that Malachi will go on a series of journeys and will eventually end up with Beatrice on one of the moons of Saturn called Titan hence the title Malachi not liking the idea that his path is set goes about doing everything he can to prevent the events Rumfoord has ordained This event starts the series of events that make up the novel Along the way Vonnegut bitch slaps organized religion puts forth a funny witty and piercing examination of the uestion Free Will YES or NO and follows his characters as they experience growth and change through the constant loss and destruction over everything they are A FEW FAVORITE MOMENTSWithout leaking too many details regarding the myriad of uncut gems that Vonnegut includes in this story I do want to point out a few of my favorites On ReligionClearly Kurt s most all up in your face critiues are directed at organized religion He doesn t spend time bashing belief in any mean spirited way Rather he focuses his ample ire on the actions that organized religion often leads its followers to perform In this regard my favorite satirical nuggest in this area were1 The Bible as Financial Analyst and Stock picker2 The Church of God the Utterly Indifferent this name still makes me chuckle3 The Earth as God s Spaceship and the 10 commandments reworked as a launch countdown On Free Will and Why We re HereMy single favorite idea from the entire book is the central idea of the novel in which Vonnegut answers for us the what s it all about uestion His answer delivered with classic VonnegutSHOTness is sublime When you takea The intro to the story by the narrating future historian plus b The final reveal regarding the purpose behind all of the actions of the characters in the story plusc Some additional inter story commentary from our narrator who hindsights this period of our historyand add it all togetherthe result for your eyes gut and mind is a truly popping wrenching expanding STOP YOU IN YOUR TRACKS moment that may reuire a few injections of Whiskey or stronger to take the razor sharp edge off It is certainly commentary that will burrow into your memory and lay idea eggs So I really really liked it In sum a truly exceptional work by a truly exceptional author expressing some exceptionally powerful ideas that made my exceptionally tiny brain scream for an exceptionally long time until I downed an exceptionally large glass of some exceptionally good stuff and suddenly felt exceptionally welland exceptionally wobblyHIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION Nominee Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1960
CHARACTERS The Sirens of Titan
A catch to the invitation and a prophetic vision about the purpose of human life that only Vonnegut has the courage to te. 3RD READ THROUGH 41817 Since I was about 19 I ve been referring to this novel as my favorite book I don t know if uite holds that distinction still having read a lot in the succeeding 15 years but it is STILL without uestion one of the best This book might be the plottiest of all of Vonnegut s novels while I enjoy the voice later Vonnegut much The Sirens of Titan was only his second book the ideas presented here are deep and varied lying what is obviously the philosophical and spiritual groundwork for a lifetime of work to still come This book still hits and it hits HARD If you haven t read this and don t rectify that immediately then I don t think we can be friends 5 GIGANTIC STARSThis is my favorite Vonnegut book and I ve read them all except for one which I am afraid to read because he is dead now and once I read that last book there won t be any to read and my life will be meaningless
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Onstant is offered a chance to take a space journey to distant worlds with a beautiful woman at his side Of course there's. the sirens of titan or as i have alternatively titled it why life is the universes greatest long con is the perfect catalyst for my impending existential crisis all courtesy of johnin this review i will explore the two major themes of the novel state what we can learn them and explain how these lessons apply to our meager lives lets get startedfree will ah the biggest illusion of them them all if the universe was a magician the fact that we somehow believe we have control over our lives would be considered the finale the best trick saved for last because we are nothing than victims of a series of accidents the combination of random events created us and will continue to lead us and nothing we can do or say has any influence over that there is no way to control that which is unpredictable alexa play despacito meaning and purpose if you choose to believe vonnegut intrinsically everyone knows how to find the meaning of life within themselves meaning that even though we just established we have no control over our lives we can still find meaningpurpose and make it highly personal in nature in this instance i agree with the book in that the purpose of human life no matter who is controlling it is to love whoever is around to be loved unfortunately for me im painfully single in closing what have we learned its that life is meaningless but we should be happy about it because even though we may not be able to control what life throws at us we have the innate disposition to be able to make it meaningful thats what makes us humanand that is something we all could do well to remember thanks for coming to my ted talk 45 stars