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Galapagos: A Novel (Delta Fiction) Paperback – January 12, 1999
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Galapagos was the very first Kurt Vonnegut book that I ever read- serendipity saw me come across it at the school library when I was thirteen years old. Thirteen years later I don't think a more glorious introduction could have been made.
You know what is going to happen right from the beginning, the ghost of Leon Trout (son of fictitious sci-fi author Kilgore Trout) has no qualms about informing you of how, a million years in the future (well, 999,980 if you consider that most of the events were meant to have taken place in 1986), the Laws of Natural Section have seen human beings evolve, their Big Brains shrinking and their bodies adapting to a life of fishing and copulation on the Galapagos Archipelago. The tale that follows then is the story of how `modern' humans came to be, the chronicle of the few passengers who stole away from a dying planet on the Bahia de Darwin and found themselves stranded on a volcanic rock for the remainder of their lives and thus making them the Adam and Eves of a new world where children are furry and have flippers.
It isn't just about Natural Selection, but an array of other subjects that are too far reaching to go into now, but would make it an enjoyable book to study further. He does make it clear that we don't fit into this world and we are destroying it, that our big brains cause most of the problems in the world and it would be much easier if we evolved to the same level as the animals that surround us.Read more ›
The premise of the book is that humanity is going to make an enormous change of genetic course due in part to it's own stupidity. The onion is peeled, and the story reveals more about the problems in humanity while following the story of the future common parents of mankind.
The book maintains several consistencies with Vonnegut's other works:
- A witty style that covers sharp criticism. (Like they've said of Twain, "They'd hang him if they thought he was serious")
- A satire that's sometimes obvious, but sometimes hiding behind the story.
- Cameos by characters from his other books.
- A solid criticism of modern societyu
What's the cause of all human misery? An oversized brain, which brings up the book's tagline - My Big Brain Told Me To . . .
What would humans be like without this oversized brain? What would the earth be like without a species with an oversized brain? These are the questions Vonnegut explores in depth.
As usual, Vonnegut's narrator is a master satirist with a rambling tone who seems to be going in wrong directions, but ties all threads together brilliantly. In this book, the narrator is the son of Kilgore Trout, a frequently recurring character in Vonnegut novels.
I don't think it's the best Vonnegut novel which makes it merely fantastic.
- CV Rick
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Being a huge Vonnegut fan and after having read his classics such as Slaughterhouse Five and Sirens of Titan, I began reading Galapagos. I have zero complaints about the book copy. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Ananya
Vonnegut is certainly somewhat of an acquired taste and not for everyone's palate. This was the first novel of his that I'd read and since this novel I have also read... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
I won't say much more about Galapagos itself except that it is both a funny, profound, and really underrated novel. "Highly recommended". Read morePublished 1 month ago by Powerstance
If you want a great story, don't read this. If you want a relaxing stroll through an examination of human frailties, with a little anti-war gospel thrown in, and amusing... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Noel Richards