The Sirens of Titan

The Sirens of Titan

An Original Novel

Book - 1984
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Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Dell Pub. Co., 1984, c1959
ISBN: 9780440179481
0440179483
Characteristics: 319 p. ; 18 cm

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LadyDi52
Jun 28, 2019

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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wliszewski
Jun 18, 2019

this was a C D , performed by Jay Snyder .

sent to S.J.C.P.L. from Elkhart Public Library

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eiryn
Mar 22, 2019

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.

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7626dee
Feb 22, 2019

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.

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Violetlight
Jan 19, 2018

Weird book. Not scientifically accurate by a long shot, but an interesting social commentary. Considering the current political situation, definitely worth reading.

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mjohnson313
Oct 20, 2017

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.

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elizali
Aug 07, 2017

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.

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BenHur56
Jun 09, 2017

This is an amazing book, full of dazzling ideas and laugh-out-loud humour.

LPL_IanS Jul 20, 2016

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.

kurthallsman Oct 17, 2014

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.

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Laura_X Apr 04, 2016

A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.

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