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The Sirens of Titan is an outrageous romp through space, time, and morality. The richest, most depraved man on Earth, Malachi Constant, is offered a chance to take a space journey to distant worlds with a beautiful woman at his side. Of course, there's a catch to the invitation... and a prophetic vision about the purpose of human life that only Vonnegut has the courage to tell.

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"His best book....He dares not only to ask the ultimate question about the meaning of life, but to answer it." Esquire

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"Vonnegut is George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer....A zany but moral mad scientist." Time

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“Reading Vonnegut is addictive!” Commonweal

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In Vonnegut's tale of the near future, a cold and malevolent universe is all that humanity can ever know.

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After crashing his spaceship, Winston Niles Rumfoord is transformed into a "wave phenomenon," a telepathic being who travels in an orbit from the sun to the constellation Betelgeuse, landing on Earth once every 59 days. Rumfoord drafts an earthling named Malachi Constant as the prophet of a new religion. Constant travel to distant planets in search of cosmic enlightenment, then returns to Earth with this message: "I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all."

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Kurt Vonnegut’s black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America’s attention in The Sirens of Titan in 1959 and established him as “a true artist” (The New York Times) with Cat’s Cradle in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene declared, “one of the best living American writers.” Mr. Vonnegut passed away in April 2007.

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Justin E Barnard, May 7, 2015 (view all comments by Justin E Barnard)
Brilliant and engaging from start to finish. My first experience with Vonnegut and I couldn't have been more impressed. For years I've sought an equal to the prescient dystopias in 1984 and Brave New World. Content: check. Foresight/applicability: check. Readability: check plus plus.

The Sirens paints a beautiful deconstruction of mankind's unrelenting pursuit for purpose. V's unequaled dark satire prowess sheds light on the childishness, the brutal selfishness of man, simultaneously illuminating our endearing capacity for love and our desire to be free. The result is a novel you won't be able to put down, that will make you contemplate your life, as well as all those lives that ever were. Must read.
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equivalence, December 30, 2013 (view all comments by equivalence)
Vonnegut is widely recognized as one of the top ten post WWII American authors. However,most attention is paid to the novel of his prisoner of war experiences: "Slaughter House Five [Schlachthof-funf in German]"; far fewer readers are aware that V's earlier 1959 "Sirens" book is of equal literary worth. Read it to see how Saturn's moon, Titan, became, long ago,so important to the history of Earth,according to Vonnegut's story--by riding,in the 22nd Century,a chrono-synclastic infundibulum. "Greetings" indeed!
From page one: "Everyone now knows how to find the meaning of life within himself....[but]less than a century ago..mankind,ignorant of the truths that lie within every human being,looked outward---pushed ever outward...Mankind flung its advance agents ever outward.... Eventually it flung them out into space,into the colorless, tasteless, weightless sea of outwardness without end..It flung them like stones."
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Mateo, January 27, 2010 (view all comments by Mateo)
What did I learn from this book? That I should read fiction, and Vonnegut, far more often.
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ISBN:
9780385333498
Author:
Vonnegut, Kurt
Publisher:
Delta
Author:
Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr.
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
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Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19980931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3 x 0.7 in 0.575 lb

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Product details 336 pages Delta - English 9780385333498 Reviews:
"Review" by , "His best book....He dares not only to ask the ultimate question about the meaning of life, but to answer it."
"Review" by , "Vonnegut is George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer....A zany but moral mad scientist."
"Review" by , “Reading Vonnegut is addictive!”
"Synopsis" by , In Vonnegut's tale of the near future, a cold and malevolent universe is all that humanity can ever know.
"Synopsis" by , After crashing his spaceship, Winston Niles Rumfoord is transformed into a "wave phenomenon," a telepathic being who travels in an orbit from the sun to the constellation Betelgeuse, landing on Earth once every 59 days. Rumfoord drafts an earthling named Malachi Constant as the prophet of a new religion. Constant travel to distant planets in search of cosmic enlightenment, then returns to Earth with this message: "I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all."
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