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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

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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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1215 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 338 Seiten
  • Verlag: RosettaBooks (30. Juni 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B003XREM5G
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.6 von 5 Sternen 42 Kundenrezensionen
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #80.184 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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One wouldn't say Kurt Vonnegut is an easy writer. Yet witty, sarcastic, endearing and painfully truthful in all which deals with human nature and contemporary society - with his seriousness hidden behind the bravade of the sci-fi facade.
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.
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When people hear the name Kurt Vonnegut, they think of Slaughterhouse 5, or Cat's Cradle, or perhaps even that his books are often burned in high schools around the country for their dim look at human existence. Not to, in any way, down play the importance or greatness of his more famous works, as I love them all, but I must say that Sirens of Titan is superior to his other works. For some reason, perhaps the science fiction aspects of the novel, this book has not received its deserved recognition. I read approximately the first fifty pages thinking that this book would be about the same as his other novels. I almost put it away to start a different one. Thankfully, I pressed on. Literally, a few pages later, I was entranced by the language, the structure, the revealed surprises, and the humanity of The Sirens of Titan. Every time you think he has revealed the best secret of the book, another one reveals itself. This story is wonderfully intertwined between a set of characters, and the meaning of life. I have since read this book three more times, enjoying it more each time through. If you only read another book in your entire life, please let it be this one. Open your heart and your mind, and let Vonnegut pour into them his wisdom and hope for a better tomorrow.
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To all those Douglas Adams fans still hitch-hiking through galaxy: There was someone who wrote about all this years and years before!!!
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.
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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. I have to admit that I did not get all of it, but the novel is excellent for further discussions.
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Wer erinnert sich nicht an die manchmal zähen Stunden im Deutschunterricht, wenn der Lehrer mal wieder ein besonders verschwurbeltes Stück Literatur zur Interpretation hervorkramte. Erst blanke Ratlosigkeit, dann hitzige Diskussion und immer wieder der mahnende Finger von vorn: "denkt an den Lebenslauf und die Zeit, in der der Autor lebte!" Was bin ich daher froh, dass ich dieses Buch einfach so zur persönlichen Erbauung lesen konnte. Keiner, der nach der Intention des Autors fragt. Niemand, dem ich Stilmittel oder sogar Symbole und Metaphern erklären muss. Obgleich es voll davon ist. Und auch wenn ich natürlich fieberhaft darauf rumdenke und mir mein eigenes Bild davon male, warum jemand eine derart abgefahrene Geschichte schreibt - dieses Bild wird Teil meines Universums bleiben. Malt euch doch selber eins.
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One thing the reader has to understand when delving into this book is NOT to take anything or anyone in this book seriously. At first it's difficult, but as the books goes on, there is a definite sense of freedom when one lets go of one's yes-I'm-trying-to-understand-this attitude and just looks at the characters and happenings with joyful aloofness. The quicker one assumes the mindset of this book's secret hero, the synclastically infundibulated (a condition perhaps comparable to enlightment) Winston Niles Rumfoord, the more enjoyment can one derive from this. It allows us to feel like the world is a bit of a joke and we're in on the punchline.

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