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The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
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Aug 01, 11

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Read from July 31 to August 01, 2011

it is hard to believe that vonnegut's second novel is now more than a half century old. it is even harder to believe that jerry garcia once owned the film rights to this book. the sirens of titan, save for the stylistic experimentation of his later novels, has nearly all of the elements that most readers of his work know and love well. like his hero mark twain before him, vonnegut's imagination and storytelling ability were matched equally by his wit, trenchant humor, and endless fascination with mankind's depravity. while not its sole ambition, the sirens of titan does, in part, take aim at religion, and vonnegut's ideas about fate, purpose, and meaning enrich an already lively tale.

there is no reason why good cannot triumph as often as evil. the triumph of anything is a matter of organization. if there are such things as angels, i hope that they are organized along the lines of the maffia.

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