- Taschenbuch: 224 Seiten
- Verlag: Gollancz; Auflage: New Ed (9. September 1999)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1857988841
- ISBN-13: 978-1857988840
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,1 x 1,7 x 19,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 41 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 19.937 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Sirens of Titan (S.F. Masterworks) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 9. September 1999
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Kurt Vonnegut's second SF novel was published way back in 1959 but remains horribly timeless. For all the book's wild inventiveness, it's one of the most blackly nihilistic comedies ever published in the genre. The tragicomic godgame is presided over by Winston Niles Rumfoord, who has accidentally become a standing wave in space/time and knows the past and the future. Since the future is fixed, he can't change it even though it involves him arranging nasty fates for many people--in particular Malachi Constant, richest man in the world since his father's career of interpreting the Bible as a coded guide to the stockmarket. Despite his struggles, Constant is destined for a grimly comic pilgrimage around the Solar System to Titan, home since 203,117 BC of the visiting alien Salo whose presence has warped the whole of human history. Salo's far-off people manipulated us into building Stonehenge, the Great Wall of China and other vast constructions as reassuring signals to their stranded emissary--who himself is carrying a message of truly cosmic unimportance. Small wonder that Rumfoord tries to cheer up humanity by founding the Church of God the Utterly Indifferent. Vonnegut scatters crazed ideas in all directions, forcing you into painful laughter at the grandiose futility of his cosmos. Another worthy Millennium SF Masterworks classic. --David Langford
“Vonnegut is George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer . . . a zany but moral mad scientist.”—Time
“Reading Vonnegut is addictive!”—Commonweal
“His best book . . . He dares not only ask the ultimate question about the meaning of life, but to answer it.”—Esquire
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Out of his many creations "the Sirens" is especially remarkable. The plot is vivid, there are several different story lines, all tied up in one knot later: a rich eccentric American gets lost in space with his pet dog and is turned into a wave; a handsome guy whose father made fortune in business guided by only one book - Bible - thinks somebody above likes him and has all luck in the world, and then he travels to Mars and back to Earth and finally, to Titan; societies overtake one another, personal dramas are interwined with historical processes. All thrilling, brilliant, witty! You laugh even if you don't want to and remain pondering the sad sides of the mankind.
Everything is taking place in the far future, but this book does not only reflect the realities of the 60-es when it was actually written, but in fact remains as up-to-date as one could possibly imagine. His ruthless critic of the American values and American way of making history shows solely that Vonnegut dares to use his contemporary realities to show us all that some basic things about a human being are always true; and that the future is in our own hands.
He does not provide a clue or a solution, neither he proposes the way out of crisis. He subtly suggests everyone should think with his own head and leaves all questions open. This is the most amazing things about this brilliant book and this is what leaves a swarm of thoghts and a feeling of intellectual satisfaction for a long time after. It is almost a decided fact that once you read it, you would want to come back and read it again.
Unfortunately the book is not currently edited in my f... country. They don't know what they miss! Found it more or less by chance in GB last year. All I can say: it is one of the best and exciting novels that I have read so far.
"Sirens of Titan's" theme would be that it doesn't matter how much one tries to escape it, there is a set plan for his or her life. Malachi Constant tries as hard as he can to escape his future given to him by William Niles Rumford. In every scene that occurs in the book we see Rumford's prophecy come true. Despite all that Constant does he still ends up doing the exact things that Rumford told him he was going to do. There is also something else in the book that is very significant. We find out that the setting for our whole existence is based around getting massages to an alien which is waiting on Titan for a replacement part for his space ship. Here Vonnegut is trying to say that maybe there is some purpose to life, but when we find out what it is we are not necessarily going to be happy with it.
This is a very great book for someone who likes science fiction. However even people who don't care for science fiction can be greatly pleased by the story line. I would recommend that this be one of those books you just have to read in your lifetime. I also want to say that if you like this book you should read Slaughterhouse Five also by Kurt Vonnegut.
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An interesting work of Vonnegut. His style is excellent as usual and the plot ok. It is a lot of science fiction, hidden meanings, irony and sarcasm. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 6. September 2013 von Jennifer90
One thing the reader has to understand when delving into this book is NOT to take anything or anyone in this book seriously. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 31. Januar 2013 von Sophie K.
It is about 1 year ago I read this book, and was talking about it with a friend yesterday. It came to us, how much is happening within not too many pages, and how weird all this... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 27. Juli 2005 von hirnlego
As a simple summary: his other (later) work is much better. More ideas (though there are some nice ones here), more style and more sense in the Vonnegut-type insanity of the story.Veröffentlicht am 26. Dezember 2001 von Max Robitzsch
This could possible be my favorite novel of all time. Definitley my favorite of Vonnegut thus far. The science fiction elements, the worldly undertones, Vonnegut's trademark... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 1. August 2000 von G Cairoli
More in comparison to his other works, I mean. (Which are still - don't get me wrong - amazing.)
About the sci-fi: there are trips to Mercury, Mars, and Titan (one of... Lesen Sie weiter...
Though I am a fan of Vonnegut, it is still rather obvious that Sirens of Titan is one of his first novels. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 18. Juli 2000 von whizz-o-girlbot