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Galápagos by Kurt Vonnegut
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Jun 08, 2009

did not like it
bookshelves: sf-and-fantasy
Read in June, 2009

This is a satire, apparently. What exactly is being satirised is not clear to me. And isn't satire supposed to be, you know, funny? One simple and not particularly exciting idea is stretched to over 250 pages via shameless padding and mind-numbing repetition. The irritatingly smug narrator keeps reminding us who's going to die and that everyone in the story is basically stupid and a waste of space.
An ugly, misanthropic and depressing book.
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Michelle Vallene I totally agree with you!!

Adele Satire does not necessarily need to be funny. Some satires, Juvenalian primarily, are more scathing and biting than funny. Humour is a possibility if that is what the satirist wishes to convey in order to satirise the object.

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