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The Sirens of Titan

The Sirens of Titan, Kurt Vonnegut

Betyg: 4

Like most of Vonnegut's books, it reads a lot like a darkly funny treatise on humanism, ethics and the futility of waiting for something better loosely dressed up as an SF novel. But while it's an interesting plot with some very good points - basically, time/space traveller from Earth sets up an interplanetary war in order to start a new religion, but there's a lot more to it than that - and while it's very quotable ("I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all" - there's an agnostic credo if I ever heard one) and brings up a bunch of themes that Vonnegut would keep revisiting, it shows that it's an early work; the plot moves forwards in stops and starts, and it's really more a series of smart individual chapters than a cohesive whole. But a lot of fun.

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