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Slapstick, or Lonesome No More! by Kurt Vonnegut
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Oct 14, 2010

really liked it
Read in April, 2006

Great Fun! It was the first thing I read by Vonnegut and I had never seen something that was so hilarious and terribly cynical at the same time. Maybe Ben Elton is slightly comparable, but he is still too much rooted in reality and doesn't go over the top like Vonnegut. Anyway, 'Slapstick' tells the story of Wilbur and Eliza, two horrid but hyperintelligent freaks who live in a secluded house and think up weird scientific theories about the world (e.g. that the Egyptians were able to build the pyramids because gravity sometimes fluctuates, and they constructed the pyramids when stone bricks weighed as much as isomo). Most of their theories prove to be correct later on. After an epidemic sweep, America is divided into small nation states and Wilbur's former doctor is crowned King of Michigan. Eliza becomes a scientist who communicates with the afterlife (which sucks and is referred to as the Turkey Farm), Wilbur becomes president of the United States, lives in the Empire State Building and his nearest neighbour being 'Vera Squirrel-5 Zappa'. Meanwhile, the Chinese have miniaturized themselves to save space and escape to the Moon. An absurd book but incredibly entertaining to read.

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