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Galápagos by Kurt Vonnegut
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Jun 22, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: extinction

Great satirical ideas undermined by the construction, which is practically all exposition- exposition that undercuts itself repeatedly. Compare this to the staccato brilliance of Cat's Cradle, or Slaughterhosue-Five's inspired juxtapositions.
Vonnegut structures the book in this way to illustrate misconceptions he perceives us to have about evolution. (The survivors who repopulate humanity do not do so because they are superior stock, better, smarter and faster; it is all a matter of coincidence, being at the right place at the right time.) We can accept that this intention is laudable only if we agree that Vonnegut must spell everything out for us.

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