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Galápagos by Kurt Vonnegut
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it was ok
bookshelves: sci-fi

This could be perhaps more accurately be labeled satire, literary fiction or simply fiction--all with Vonnegut's typical "humor." I'd have to say he was running out of gas at this point in his life. It could reasonably be written in half the space it takes if 2/3 of the continual redundancies about "big brains" were eliminated. Likewise the asides about Trout's ephemeral self-assessments. Most of all, the "development" of the characters. Just not that funny, too telegraphed and too despairing without a rational explanation about why the devolution of the human race happened. He told the reader it had happened within the first chapter and spends the rest of the novel somewhat fleshing out the characters that take us there. I'd really like to give it 1.5 stars, but that's not an option. Disappointing from one of my favorite authors of long ago. I once wanted to write like him; but I don't have that dark a view of humanity anymore so I can't.
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Reading Progress

April 6, 2018 – Shelved
April 6, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
October 12, 2018 – Started Reading
October 13, 2018 –
7.0%
October 16, 2018 – Finished Reading
October 17, 2018 – Shelved as: sci-fi

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