The Sirens of Titan

The Sirens of Titan

Book - 1998
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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 Constant, is offered a chance to take a space journey to distant worlds with a beautiful woman at his side. Of course there's a catch to the invitation-and a prophetic vision about the purpose of human life that only Vonnegut has the courage to tell.
Publisher: New York : Dell Publishing, [1998], c1959
ISBN: 9780385333498
0385333498
Branch Call Number: FIC Vonne
Characteristics: 326 p

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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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nabeullens
Jun 09, 2014

This is an amazing book. I had very little experience with Vonnegut before reading this. I had only previously read Slaughter House Five in school. This book not only has a great plot but deals with some major life themes. By the time you get to the end you are floored at the message Kurt imparts. This work I can not reccommend enough, along with all the other titles Kurt gave us. One of the most talented writers of the 20th century for sure!

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smacdon9
Jun 19, 2013

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.

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seanewoods
Mar 15, 2013

Not bad, but certainly not Vonnegut's best work. Could have been more subtle with the religious satire.

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thomd
Aug 17, 2012

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.

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pigirl
Aug 13, 2012

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.

RustyRook Apr 03, 2012

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.

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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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