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The Sirens of Titan: A Novel Paperback – September 8, 1998
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Yes it is well written and the story is very imaginative and creative. But how do you describe what happened and why? Why is the big question. I'm not so sure there is an answer there, but I'll try.
Basically, this is the story of a man who is very lucky in life but loses that luck. And is sent on a journey to discover what is really important in life.
Malachi Constant is once the richest man in America of some future date. One day, he meets a space, or more truthfully, a traveler of the space-time continuum — One Winston Niles Rumfoord. Rumfoord, because of his own travels, tells Malachi his future. And soon enough, Malachi become Unk, a Martian in the Martian army. To tell too much would be to ruin the effect of the book, but enough to say, this is a story that once you are hooked, you will want to continue reading, if for nothing else to find out what is the point of the story. I think by the end, you will have your answer.
"Anybody who has traveled this far on a fools errand has no choice but to uphold the honor of fools by completing the errand."
Despite the heavily flawed ideas on human behavior that were portrayed in this story, I still enjoyed it for the other themes. The ending delivers and is quite brilliant.
While I found both books enjoyable, I find them both very strange. I suppose good science fiction can be strange, particularly an older science fiction book written based on scientific thoughts and knowledge that is not current.
This story is one of fate - you are fated to live a destined life. Seen through the eyes of a series of unrelated characters, we observe the oncoming war between Mars and Earth. Hopelessly outnumbered, yet compelled to fight, the Martians attack Earth, unleashing a destined future.
Vonnegut does a good job of weaving the storylines and characters together until a climax where all appear together at the end.
I think I'm going to take a break from fiction for a while and go back to either History (I need to finish the Jefferson book I've been reading for months now), or some other kind of non-fiction. I'll decide in the next day or two.
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I really enjoyed this book. It's a good read for any fan of Kurt Vonnegut's work.