Sirens of Titan

Posted on Oct 17, 2011


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Yay!  I finally made it to the end of my summer long book project!  I actually did finish reading the 10 books by Labor Day, but it's taken me awhile to blog about them all.  I didn't really have an order in which to read the books on this list.  I made that decision when it was time to start a new book.  But, I reserved Sirens of Titan, by Kurt Vonnegut for last.  I am a huge Vonnegut fan and this is the 9th novel I've read of his.  I wanted to have a little reward at the end of my reading and this was just perfect.

 

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It's hard to sum any book of Vonnegut's because there is always so much detail and so many different things going on which is why Hollywood can't seem to make a cohesive movie from any of his books.  This book has space travel and takes place during different times, and so on.  The end is mind blowing and you don't see it coming.  

 

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 If you haven't read Vonnegut, you should.  His unique perspective on life and fiction is refreshing.  Every book I've read is wildly funny, but also touches on real social issues that make you think.  His less than subtle comedic touches are everywhere.  In the picture above has the standard clause about how nothing in the book is based on real life.  

 

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Yet, on the dedication page, Vonnegut states that everything in the book is real.  

 

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This book furthered my appreciation of his genius and makes me want to finish reading his entire bibliography as soon as possible.

 

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 I'm so glad I ended this series on a less than serious note.  Out of the 10 books I read, most were very heavy and dealt with serious concerns.  I immensely enjoyed 4 out of the 10 books and will keep those on my bookshelf to re-read in the future.  5 were good and I'm glad I read them.  Of Human Bondage stands out as the only book I didn't like.  I think this was a great project, but I've been so glad to get back to reading whatever happens to fall in my hands at that moment in time.

1 Comment

  1. Congrats! You did it! Im so proud of you! Vonnegut.. yeah I know we have talked about this before. I had such a strong dislike of that last one Im leery. It was the one about some Nazi in NYC and a spy somehow? I dont know it was just weird and not funny at all. I will give him another shot. Maybe he will turn out like Margaret Atwood was for me. I really disliked the Edible Woman but loved Amazing Grace and The Robber Bride. So amazing! So I will keep an open mind. (Flannery Conner and I are done though. That was some messed up twisted stuff!)

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