What should had happened if Nazist Germany had won World War II? This novel is a possible answer to the question and it's a rare example of "earthly s...moreWhat should had happened if Nazist Germany had won World War II? This novel is a possible answer to the question and it's a rare example of "earthly science fiction".
Quoting the Italian title of the book, Swastika is over the sun and Dick tries to explain us the reasons why.
Yet I remember how I was disappointed while reading at this book for the relatively few interesting elements given by the author. I mean, starting from such a premise Dick could use more imagination while he hadn't, mantaining a low and dry profile in narration.
On a similar theme I'm curious to have a look to the more recent "The plot against America" by Philip Roth which imagines the anti-semite aviator Charles Lindbergh defeating Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the American 1940 presidential elections. (less)
Kurt Vonnegut at his best. I've bought this book at Shakespeare & Co. in Vienna. Actually I was looking for "Cat's cradle" but there the bookseller...moreKurt Vonnegut at his best. I've bought this book at Shakespeare & Co. in Vienna. Actually I was looking for "Cat's cradle" but there the bookseller -I guess he was Canadian, by the way- has suggested me to take this one. It has been a bit difficult to find this novel among the highest shelves of that small and cosy bookshop but I've managed to. Standing on the old wooden ladder of Shakespeare & Co. I've risked to fall down twice. Anyway, I'm safe and sound.
And I've got my Sirens of Titan. Prepare yourself to be kidnapped by this book. It is simply amazing the way in which Vonnegut reinvents science fiction here satirizing about it with a great competence. At the same time this novel expresses very well two of the greatest passions of Vonnegut: the creation of a new mass religion and the smallness, the unimportance of Earthlings in the drawing of a Universe in which the whole mankind is just a pawn.
As usually, Vonnegut is full of wit and sometimes you've got the impression that his marvellous creativity has no end. Albeit there are a couple of elements which don't fit so well in the canvas of the novel(Beatrice Rumfoord's famous book on cooking is evocated once and no more, Boaz is left behind on Mercury) they're just small signals of Vonnegut's sincere impetuosity.
Have you been disappointed by the vision of "The War of the Worlds"? Well, I'm pretty sure you won't ever find a better Mars Invasion than The Sirens Of Titan's paradoxical one. (less)
There are two voices inside my head. Let's call them Lore and Enzo. At the moment L & E are quarreling on Cat's Cradle.
(...) L) Oh come on! This b...moreThere are two voices inside my head. Let's call them Lore and Enzo. At the moment L & E are quarreling on Cat's Cradle.
(...) L) Oh come on! This book is wonderful. Perhaps it's the best novel Vonnegut has ever written. E) Are you kidding me? Have you read the whole of it? L) Of course I've read it from its first word to the very last one. E) And haven't you noticed anything strange? L) What are you talking about? E) I mean, you know, it's a discontinuous novel. I can't deny it has a great beginning, but it gradually loses its brightness reaching the end. L) What?! Are you telling me you haven't appreciated the marvellous description of San Lorenzo island and so on? E) No, no. The Banana Republic part is ok...but look at the plot! L) What's wrong with the plot? E) Well..at first the narrator wants to write a book about this eccentric scientist who has planned the atomic bomb. L) Yeah. Go on. E) And then he decides to interview one of the scientist sons. But as soon as he meets Frank Hoenikker in San Lorenzo he seems to lose all his interest for him. L) I disagree! Have you forgotten Ice-Nine? E) No, but... L) And what about Bokononism? You can't deny that the concept and the teachings of this fake religion link every single chapter of the novel. You can't say it's discontinuous while everything in it is so closely-knit! E) That's a point of view. Besides I haven't liked the structure of the novel. More than one hundred chapters.. L) They're not "chapters" they're more like episodes. E) Mmmh... L) I think you're not in my karass. E) Karass? Actually all that you join are granfalloons. L) Foma! Lies! A pack of foma!
Shut up voices! I need a boko-maru right now. Is there anyone who wants to share the soles of her feet? Busy, busy, busy. (less)