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The Sirens of Titan By Kurt Vonnegut The Sirens of Titan 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 wit

  • Title: The Sirens of Titan
  • Author: Kurt Vonnegut
  • ISBN: 9781857988840
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Sirens of Titan By Kurt Vonnegut 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 tellThe 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.
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    1. Stephen on said:

      5 THINGS I KNOW I learned from reading Sirens of Titan1 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, Do [...]

    2. Lyn on said:

      Somebody up there likes me One of my favorite film directors is Wes Anderson I m not sure if he is a fan of Kurt Vonnegut, but he should be and he should produce and direct the film adaption of Kurt Vonnegut s novel, Sirens of Titan Sirens of Titan, Vonnegut s second published novel, was released in 1959 Some aspects of his brilliant short story Harrison Bergeron, which was published in 1961, are revealed in the pages of Sirens Other aspects of this novel are fairly representative of the later w [...]

    3. Manny on said:

      I ll start with a roundabout introduction Garry Kasparov was not just one of the best chessplayers of all time, he was also one of the best analysts Even as a teenager, he was always coming up with the most amazing ideas Chessplayers often prefer to hoard their ideas it can be worth a lot to surprise your opponent in a critical game, and there are many stories about grandmasters keeping a new move in the freezer for years, or even decades Kasparov asked his trainer if he should be hoarding too N [...]

    4. BlackOxford on said:

      Love the One You re WithMost of Vonnegut s enduring tropes start life in Sirens Time and its distortions Places like Newport and Indianapolis People such as Rumfoord and Ben and Sylvia The planet Tralfamadore and its inhabitants And of course the Volunteer Fire DepartmentWhat holds these oddities together is what holds everything of Vonnegut together, an ethical theology His sci fi is a way of displacing talk about God just enough to do some serious thinking And he may indeed have inspired a new [...]

    5. Danger on said:

      3RD READ THROUGH 4 18 17 Since I was about 19, I ve been referring to this novel as my favorite book I don t know if quite holds that distinction still, having read a lot in the succeeding 15 years, but it is STILL, without question 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 spirit [...]

    6. J.L. Sutton on said:

      Always prophetic Always relevant In Kurt Vonnegut s The Sirens of Titan, we accompany Malachi Constant on adventures through time and space He is unlike any other hero you re likely to read about Malachi was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all The plot, which seems ridiculous and completely random like those series of accidents , takes on visionary proportions in Vonnegut s hands Especially in this novel, I thought about how much Vonnegut had influenced Douglas Adams and The Hitchhi [...]

    7. Kedar on said:

      Do you read a Vonnegut book, or does the book read you Does it expose your thoughts to the most detailed analysis of humanity, human behavior, and human mind and then tells you to not give a damn Except that it also seizes the phrase to not give a damn from your control Leaves you hanging midair Questioning.So what to do What is to be done Apart from whatever has already been done You go beyond the story See Unk staring at you pointedly with a hazy gaze Figure out if he thinks whether you are in [...]

    8. Darwin8u on said:

      I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of TitanOne of my favorite Vonnegut Top shelf Snug and warm next to Cat s Cradle, Slaughterhouse Five, Breakfast of Champions, Mother Night The magic of Vonnegut is he develops an idea to the point where just as you start believing it just as you are comfortable in his absuridty he kicks you down another Martian rabbit hole He doesn t want you sitting and enjoying yourself He wants you constantly bubbling with that [...]

    9. Ahmad Sharabiani on said:

      The Sirens of Titan, Kurt VonnegutThe Sirens of Titan is a Hugo Award nominated novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr first published in 1959 His second novel, it involves issues of free will, omniscience, and the overall purpose of human history Much of the story revolves around a Martian invasion of Earth Malachi Constant is the richest man in a future America He possesses extraordinary luck that he attributes to divine favor which he has used to build upon his father s fortune He becomes the centerpoint [...]

    10. Apatt on said:

      Rented a tent, a tent, a tent Rented a tent, a tent, a tent Rented a tent Rented a tent Rented a, rented a tent Snare Drum on Mars That is funny until it suddenly becomes creepy, to tell you why would be a spoiler though.The Sirens of Titan is great stuff, this should come as no surprise to you if you are a Kurt Vonnegut fan, but it surprised the hell out of me You see, I didn t likeCat s Cradle, one of his most celebrated books and, if I remember correctly, I didn t likeSlaughterhouse Five eith [...]

    11. Algernon on said:

      It s a thankless job, telling people it s a hard, hard Universe they re in But somebody s got to do it, and that s the job Kurt Vonnegut embarks on here, through the voice of his character Winston Niles Rumford, an impromptu deux et machina who plays with humanity like a fickle overlord with his toy soldiers, hoping to lure us, push us, force us, enchant us, frighten us into growing up, into freeing our minds of the shackles of political games, money grubbing, religious intransigence or epicurea [...]

    12. Stuart on said:

      The Sirens of Titan An early Vonnegut classic about the randomness of lifeOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureThis is a tough book to review And it s not really SF at all though it adopts the trappings of the genre The thing about Kurt Vonnegut s books is that they are so deceptively simple The prose is spare, humorous, ironic, and to the point And yet the story is very ambitious, as it seeks to provide answers to some very basic questions Why do we exist What is the universe for Do we have a [...]

    13. MJ Nicholls on said:

      Wow I d forgotten quite how amazing a writer is Mr Kurt Vonnegut The Sirens of Titan is his second novel, and already his voice is developed to its peak the irony, the cynicism, the repetition, the bleakness, the heartbreaking.This book moved me than his other works Something about these sad, lonely and powerless characters fighting their fates in a dark, unfeeling cosmos It is a bleak, emotionally resonant work, far moving than Slaughterhouse 5 or Breakfast of Champions.You can also see how i [...]

    14. Geoff on said:

      One exercise is to attempt to try to flex your memory and remember back before the point you were born for instance I was born in July of 1977 but can I recollect February of that year or August of 1976 What you are met with then is a solid nothing blankness and blackness and not even sense at all and this is probably what death is like However if one is to take something positive from this exercise it s the implication that death can also be something before and not something always and forever [...]

    15. Madeleine on said:

      Since discovering that I love me some Vonnegut a few years ago after a humorless eighth grade English teacher nearly kept me from ever giving him another go, I ve read a not immediately dismissive number of his works And they ve all left me in various degrees of speechless It can t be helped He delights me in the way that only a favorite writer can Reading Vonnegut makes me realize that there s nothing I can say that he hadn t already said better and cleverly And that s not really a bad thing b [...]

    16. Jim on said:

      I read this many years ago, but am rereading with The Evolution of Science Fiction group group show I remember liking this back when I first read it in the 70 s I think both the times my age had a lot to do with that It never captivated me Vonnegut made each character a caricature of some ideal of our society then used that achievement their flaws to destroy them so that when I didn t actively dislike them, I pitied them It wasn t subtly done, either Vonnegut smacked them down with ridiculous, [...]

    17. David on said:

      Eh Vonnegut thinks life is a bitch, and so has bitch slapped some odd characters Neither absurd nor insightful enough to be great Indeed, there s something lazy about this book And I can t be bothered to pin it down.

    18. Richard Derus on said:

      Rating 3.5 of fiveI read this book when I was a teenager in the 1970s I missed a lot of assumptions, like the one where it s okay for a man to discuss his own wife being bred by another man the one where black people all speak in dialect, obviating the need to mention their skin color the one about homosexual sex being offensive I m at a loss, as a 695 month old reader with literally thousands books under my expansive mental belt, how this 1950s prejudice whipped past my allegedly enlightened 1 [...]

    19. Jeff on said:

      The Sirens of Titan is a rare masterwork, a novel with broad and varied powers It is an elusive book that seeks you out, a panorama of arresting images, a cosmic drama played out across the galaxy and set in the devices of the future but capturing eternal beauty as though in indestructible stone At its simplest, it is the story of Malachi Constant, who despite his egotistical intentions, endures mental and physical suffering, isolation, and the loss of his own identity in order to be reunited wi [...]

    20. Gavin on said:

      Every passing hour brings the Solar System forty three thousand miles closer to Globular Cluster M13 in Hercules and still there are some misfits who insist that there is no such thing as progress RANSOM K FERNThis fantastic quote from the fictional character Ransom K Fern greets the reader before the story even starts and sets the tone for the many that follow The story is billed as a tale from the Nightmare Ages An age that falls roughly between the Second World War and the Third Great Depres [...]

    21. Taylor on said:

      I was wary of picking up Vonnegut for a long time, because even though he s such a well regarded author, his plots are so science fiction based, and I have little to no interest in science fiction After asking for book recommendations for my trip to Europe, my friend Amanda recommended this to me and I trust her taste, so I figured it was time for me and Vonnegut to get together And I am so glad that we did.As anticipated, yes, the plot was a bit ridiculous and very science fiction based, but th [...]

    22. David Sarkies on said:

      Piercing the Veil on Religion27 January 2014 I ll start of by saying that I have read a number of Kurt Vonnegut books five to be precise and have a another one on my too read list Player Piano and of the five, three of them I have read twice including this one and of the remaining two, one I them I intend on reading again Slaughterhouse Five As a writer, a satirist, and post modern thinker, I quite like Vonnegut s work, but for some reason the second time around I found that I simply could not g [...]

    23. Ben Babcock on said:

      Some books are better if just don t expect them to make sense The Sirens of Titan actually surprised me in how accessible it was for a Vonnegut novel For the first few chapters, everything was pretty mundane Weird, yes but I followed everything that was going on It s not until about Chapter Four, when Malachi ends up on Mars, that everything gets super strange From there it s just deeper down the rabbithole as Vonnegut spins layer upon layer of story.Malachi Constant isn t a nice man He is hedon [...]

    24. Gabrielle on said:

      3 and a half stars.In typical Vonnegut fashion, this novel is zany, unpredictable, funny, thought provoking and very, very hard to summarize As much as I enjoy his books, reviewing them is always a challenge, because where the hell am I even supposed to begin With the story of the man and his dog, who are spread across time and space the story of the rich and depraved Malachi and his feeble attempts to control his fate The non linear way this strange story is told makes me think of a Mobius stri [...]

    25. William Girdler on said:

      Vonnegut doesn t write stories like normal writers His mind seems so strange and perfect and his books are delivery system for these wonderful ideas than they are stories He is a satirist, I suppose, but that very much undersells him He is a philosopher and he wrote book long discussions of these ideas loosely framed on a story It s one of the things I find most unique about Vonnegut His stories are great, they really are but his ideas are fantastic And I think those fantastic ideas distract fr [...]

    26. Chris_P on said:

      This is the first one I read by Vonnegut and as it seems there will be a hell of a lot to come Let me declare this one thing I am no sci fi buff In fact, I don t really like that particular genre I saw all the high praises about this along with an interesting plot description and I thought A journey from Earth to Mars to Mercury to Titan What the hell Sounds interesting Little did I know I was bound to find out this novel is a whole lot than that.It certainly can be read as a fun, humorous sci [...]

    27. Roy Lotz on said:

      It s a bit of a shame to use a star system in evaluating literature Such a system makes perfect sense when judging kitchen appliances, electronics, or furniture where the customer can judge the product based on how well it performs its obvious function But the purpose of a book is not obvious In fact, the onus lies almost entirely upon readers to figure out how a book best fits into their lives It can be anything from filler for conversation to a roadmap to happiness, from a table decoration to [...]

    28. Ivan Lutz on said:

      Likovima iz romana i upane su du e, zavrnute, okrenute, ba ene na vru u tavicu, pa onda takve zagorene vra ene u tijela da zavr e pri u koju su zapo eli Vonnegut je brutalan sa svojim likovima i, prave i od njih lju ture vo enje ivotinjskim porivima, ple e na o trici britve izme u iste i zlokobne mizantropije i prekrasnog ljudskog bi a kojemu je ljubav jedina vodilja, sloboda jedina vjera, a ovjek i priroda jedino blago koje treba po tivati Daleko je ovo od znanstvene fantastike Daleko je ovo od [...]

    29. Rod on said:

      This, Vonnegut s second novel and a science fiction classic, had me worried for the first 50 pages or so I was actually rather underwhelmed I didn t care very much for the protagonist, Malachi Constant, who is the richest, most impossibly lucky man on Earth, and a degenerate wastrel The other main character another very wealthy man named Winston Niles Rumfoord has become caught in a space anomaly that makes him materialize at various points in the solar system at regular intervals, and also allo [...]

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