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The Sirens of Titan

The Sirens of Titan is an outrageous romp through space time and morality The richest most depraved man on Earth Malachi C I ll start with a roundabout introduction Garry Kasparov was not just one of the best chessplayers of all time he was also one of the best analysts Even as a teenager he was always coming up with the most amazing ideas Chessplayers often prefer to hoard their ideas it can be worth a lot to surprise your opponent in a critical game and there are many stories about grandmasters keeping a new move in the freezer for years or even decades Kasparov asked his trainer if he should be hoarding too No Garry came the sage reply Use them now You ll get new ones And indeed this turned out to be a correct predictionKurt Vonnegut wrote Sirens of Titan early in his career and I wonder if he didn t receive similar advice The novel contains enough ideas for half a dozen normal books and fairly bubbles with creative energy I like it much than Slaughterhouse Five and I ve always wondered why it isn t better known I suppose it doesn t actually make sense but for goodness sakes do things always have to make sense Free associating for a moment Candide A Grand Day Out and the Old Testament are all undisputed masterpieces None of them make sense and they would be greatly diminished if they did Put them together and package the result as a 50s SF novel and you might get something a little bit like SirensSo you have a naively optimistic central character who suffers the most appalling reverses of fortune in a way that somehow ends up being comic than tragic but instead of going to South America he spends most of the book wandering around a Solar System which is very slightly credible than Nick Park s cheese flavored Moon He s pursued by a God who s rather too fond of elaborate practical jokes but who is simultaneously trying to use the story to convey deep truths about the meaning of life Unless He s just kidding It s a bit hard to tell but isn t that normal for pronouncements made under the influence of divine inspirationI see I ve left out all the good bits I haven t mentioned the chrono synclastic infundibulum Or Bea s sonnet Every Man s an Island about how to breathe in space Or Salo and his message for the people at the other end of the Universe Or Universal Will to Become Or even the Sirens If you haven t already done so why don t you buy the book and check them all out for yourself It s an easy read and it even has a happy ending I think

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A catch to the invitation and a prophetic vision about the purpose of human life that only Vonnegut has the courage to te Always prophetic Always relevant In Kurt Vonnegut s The Sirens of Titan we accompany Malachi Constant on adventures through time and space He is unlike any other hero you re likely to read about Malachi was a victim of a series of accidents as are we all The plot which seems ridiculous and completely random like those series of accidents takes on visionary proportions in Vonnegut s hands Especially in this novel I thought about how much Vonnegut had influenced Douglas Adams and The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy Whereas Vonnegut uses the absurd to explore what makes us human because what else really is there besides the absurd Adams takes the absurd and turns it into a funny and highly entertaining romp I was so struck by the similarities that I began to re read Adams even before finishing Sirens I recommend this book for any fan of Vonnegut or Adams Finally by having our hero Malachi as an unwitting victim of his own adventures during a lifetime of learning and unlearning Vonnegut approaches tragedy but he turns away from it because that would be taking this life much too seriously Homewrecker relevant In Kurt Vonnegut s The Sirens of Titan we accompany Malachi Constant on adventures through time and space He is unlike any other hero you Make your own model forts & castles re likely to Tremors of Fury (The Days of Ash and Fury read about Malachi was a victim of a series of accidents as are we all The plot which seems How Julian and Nigel Turned Each Other Gay (Inadvertently), or So They Both Claim ridiculous and completely The Mage (Foxcraft, Book 3) random like those series of accidents takes on visionary proportions in Vonnegut s hands Especially in this novel I thought about how much Vonnegut had influenced Douglas Adams and The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy Whereas Vonnegut uses the absurd to explore what makes us human because what else Illustrated Workbook for Self-Therapy for Your Inner Critic really is there besides the absurd Adams takes the absurd and turns it into a funny and highly entertaining Earthfall (Homecoming, romp I was so struck by the similarities that I began to A Daddy for Christmas re Banned in Britain read Adams even before finishing Sirens I Hour of the Beast recommend this book for any fan of Vonnegut or Adams Finally by having our hero Malachi as an unwitting victim of his own adventures during a lifetime of learning and unlearning Vonnegut approaches tragedy but he turns away from it because that would be taking this life much too seriously

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Onstant is offered a chance to take a space journey to distant worlds with a beautiful woman at his side Of course there's Love the One You re WithMost of Vonnegut s enduring tropes start life in Sirens Time and its distortions Places like Newport and Indianapolis People such as Rumfoord and Ben and Sylvia The planet Tralfamadore and its inhabitants And of course the Volunteer Fire DepartmentWhat holds these oddities together is what holds everything of Vonnegut together an ethical theology His sci fi is a way of displacing talk about God just enough to do some serious thinking And he may indeed have inspired a new generation of thinkers about God as a conseuenceVonnegut s Church of God the Utterly Indifferent follows a teaching remarkably like a Christian theology developed almost 40 years after Vonnegut s novel This theology of the Weakness of God rejects the idea of God as the all powerful fixer of the universe And it rejects the idea that power flows downhill as it were from the divine source to spiritual and secular leaders Its ethical import is that all of us are engaged in a search for God and that the only help we have in this search comes from our fellow human beingsThis is essentially Vonnegut s Titanic Theology The two chief teachings of this religion are these Puny man can do nothing at all to help or please God Almighty and Luck is not the hand of God God does not interfere in human affairs he is what in traditional theology is called apathetic He is not affected one iota by human action In short God Does Not Care Whatever morality there is in human life comes not from His interests or the possible benefits from pleasing Him but from the necessity for the community life of human beingsSo the ethic of Vonnegut s theology is direct and clear There is only one commandment These words will be written on that flag in gold letters on a blue field Take Care of the People and God Almighty Will Take Care of Himself This mandate reuires no complicated exegesis or commentary Nevertheless it s profundity takes a while to sink in It took us that long to realize that a purpose of human life no matter who is controlling it is to love whoever is around to be loved In a world ruled by such an ethos there is the possibility of pain but of a particular sort The worst thing that could possibly happen to anybody she said would be to not be used for anything by anybody So called Weakness Theologians like John Caputo are apt to agree


10 thoughts on “The Sirens of Titan

  1. says:

    5 THINGS I KNOW I learned from reading Sirens of Titan 1 Kurt Vonnegut was a brilliantly insightful GENIUS whose brain waves were ever so slightly out of phase with our universe making complete comprehension of his work by the rest of us impossible;2 In the hands of a master literature can be both incredibly entertaining and soul pi

  2. says:

    Somebody up there likes me One of my favorite film directors is Wes Anderson I’m not sure if he is a fan of Kurt Vonnegut but he should be

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    I'll start with a roundabout introduction Garry Kasparov was not just one of the best chessplayers of all time he was also one of the best analysts Even as a teenager he was always coming up with the most amazing ideas Chessplayers often prefer to hoard their ideas; it can be worth a lot to surprise your opponent in a critical game and there are many stories about grandmasters keeping a new move in the freezer for yea

  4. says:

    Love the One You're WithMost of Vonnegut's enduring tropes start life in Sirens Time and its distortions Places like Newport and Indianapolis People such as Rumfoord and Ben and Sylvia The planet Tralfamadore and its inhabitants And of course

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    ‘the sirens of titan’ or as i have alternatively titled it ‘why life is the universes greatest long con’ is the perfect catalyst for my impending existential crisis all courtesy of johnin this review i will explore the two major themes of the novel state what we can learn them and explain how these lessons apply to our meager lives le

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    The Sirens of Titan Kurt VonnegutThe Sirens of Titan is a Hugo Award nominated novel by Kurt Vonnegut Jr first published in 1959 His second nove

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    Always prophetic Always relevant In Kurt Vonnegut's The Sirens of Titan we accompany Malachi Constant on adventures through time and space He

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    There are plenty of space travels in The Sirens of Titan but it isn’t a space opera It is a spaced out satire a cosmic comedy of mannersMankind flung its advance agents ever outward ever outward Eventually it flung them out into space into th

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    3RD READ THROUGH 41817 Since I was about 19 I’ve been referring to this novel as my “favorite book” I don’t know if uite holds that distinction still having read a lot in the succeeding 15 years but it is STILL wi

  10. says:

    Do you read a Vonnegut book or does the book read you Does it expose your thoughts to the most detailed analysis of humanity human behavior and human mind and then tells you to not give a damn Except that it also seizes the phrase 'to not give a damn' from your control Leaves you hanging midair uestioningSo what to do What is to be

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