The Big Trip Up Yonder
Question: Do these people not masturbate? How do they have sex? Do they have sex in front of their family? Or does the daybed have a schedule for that?
The original title of the book was TOMORROW and TOMORROW and TOMORROW and it was published in 1983. The author himself, Kurt Vonnegut, predicted by writing a story what it is like in the future when there is such an anti-aging medicine. In the story, the clan of t ...more
"Most of the world's ills can be traced to the fact that Man's knowledge of himself has not kept pace with his knowledge of the physical world."
"Hell" snorted Gramps. "We said that a hundred years ago!"
Set in a world which has created an anti-ageing potion and has resulted in too many people, this rib tickling piece has brought my so much joy. The quote must have made it clear that this isn't just a story meant to make one laugh. There is an intense profundity in this dy ...more
...And all of these done under a unique tale of a never-aging and ever-expanding Fords family which, if viewed merely as it is, seems to live in the w ...more
by Robert Sheckley, people actually try to either break into jail or get convicted of a crime, because life there is better than on the outside :)
What if we all get the chance to see our great grand children?
More specifically what if we have to live with our children and grand children and great grand children under the same roof?
Well, even for an Indian for whom living in a joint family is a blasé phenomenon, this idea strikes queer.
Vonnegut takes the same road as in 2BR02B and gives a family with the eldest member of the age 172.
Gramps, as he is call ...more
However, I didn't enjoy it as much as 2BR02B, which I read a long time back. I guess it's because I've already experienced the overpopulation theme, and hence this book didn't affect me so much now.
I'd recommend this book to be read along with 2BR02B.
The story highlights how a new potion has been invented that elongates peoples lives, so the world becomes really over populated with many members of the public living well into their third century. Unfortunately this means that the earth is really overpopulated, presuming that property prices rise. Then whole families live together, so the great great grandfather is living with his chi ...more
1 Star - Horrible book, It was so bad I stopped reading it. I have not read the whole book and wont
2 Star - Bad book, I forced myself to finish it and do NOT recommend. I can't believe I read it once
3 Star - Average book, Was entertaining but nothing special. No plans to ever re-read
4 Star - Good Book, Was a really good book and I would recommend. I am Likely to re-read this book
5 Star - GREAT book, A great story and well written. I can't wait for th ...more
My first Kurt Vonnegut! Lighter than Philip K. Dick, but still makes me think nonetheless.
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Gramps Ford, his chin resting on his hands, his hands on the crook of his cane, was staring irascibly at the five-foot television screen that dominated the room. On the screen, a news commentator was summarizing the day's happenings. Every thirty seconds or so, Gramps would jab the floor with his cane-tip and shout, "Hell, we did that a hundred years ago!"
Emerald and Lou, coming in from the balcony, where they had been seeking that 2185 A.D. rarity--privacy--were obliged to take seats in the back r
I have no regrets in reading this story. It is much lighter than 2BR02B, although this would be expected considering this story focuses on a crowded house compared to 2B's focus on the solution to the popul ...more
He was born in Indianapolis, later the setting for many of his novels. He attended Cornell University from 1941 to 1943, where he wrote a column for the student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun. Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journali ...more