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Somebody up there likes me One of my favorite film directors is Wes Anderson I m not sure if he is a fan of Kurt Vonnegut, but he should be and he should produce and direct the film adaption of Kurt Vonnegut s novel, Sirens of Titan Sirens of Titan, Vonnegut s second published novel, was released in 1959 Some aspects of his brilliant short story Harrison Bergeron, which was published in 1961, are revealed in the pages of Sirens Other aspects of this novel are fairly representative of the later work that many people regard as his masterpiece, Slaughterhouse Five In fact, interestingly, aspects of several works in Vonnegut s bibliography can be detected, including Gal pagosand Slapstick or Lonesome No More.Player Piano may have been the first book published by Kurt Vonnegut, but Sirens of Titan was the first Vonnegut book.Player Piano was an excellent story, a fine work of science fiction literature written by a man with much world experience and wisdom But for the body of work that would come, that great canon of literature that would inspire and entertain and provoke thought from generations of readers, the vanguard was Sirens of Titan Kurt Vonnegut, when he wrote Sirens of Titan, was 37 Earth years old, he was 6 feet 2 inches tall and had curly brown hair that his mother, Edith Lieber, called chestnut.I have read a lot of Kurt Vonnegut s books and I think Sirens of Titan was the book that formed the template, the engineering blueprint, for what would become.And so it goes. Always prophetic Always relevant In Kurt Vonnegut s The Sirens of Titan, we accompany Malachi Constant on adventures through time and space He is unlike any other hero you re likely to read about Malachi was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all The plot, which seems ridiculous and completely random like those series of accidents , takes on visionary proportions in Vonnegut s hands Especially in this novel, I thought about how much Vonnegut had influenced Douglas Adams and The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy Whereas Vonnegut uses the absurd to explore what makes us human because what else really is there besides the absurd , Adams takes the absurd and turns it into a funny and highly entertaining romp I was so struck by the similarities that I began to re read Adams even before finishing Sirens I recommend this book for any fan of Vonnegut or Adams Finally, by having our hero, Malachi, as an unwitting victim of his own adventures during a lifetime of learning and unlearning , Vonnegut approaches tragedy, but he turns away from it because that would be taking this life much too seriously. I ll start with a roundabout introduction Garry Kasparov was not just one of the best chessplayers of all time, he was also one of the best analysts Even as a teenager, he was always coming up with the most amazing ideas Chessplayers often prefer to hoard their ideas it can be worth a lot to surprise your opponent in a critical game, and there are many stories about grandmasters keeping a new move in the freezer for years, or even decades Kasparov asked his trainer if he should be hoarding too No, Garry came the sage reply Use them now You ll get new ones And, indeed, this turned out to be a correct prediction.Kurt Vonnegut wrote Sirens of Titan early in his career, and I wonder if he didn t receive similar advice The novel contains enough ideas for half a dozen normal books, and fairly bubbles with creative energy I like it muchthan Slaughterhouse Five, and I ve always wondered why it isn t better known I suppose it doesn t actually make sense but, for goodness sakes, do things always have to make sense Free associating for a moment, Candide, A Grand Day Out and the Old Testament are all undisputed masterpieces None of them make sense, and they would be greatly diminished if they did Put them together and package the result as a 50s SF novel, and you might get something a little bit like Sirens.So, you have a naively optimistic central character, who suffers the most appalling reverses of fortune in a way that somehow ends up beingcomic than tragic but, instead of going to South America, he spends most of the book wandering around a Solar System which is very slightlycredible than Nick Park s cheese flavored Moon He s pursued by a God who s rather too fond of elaborate practical jokes, but who is simultaneously trying to use the story to convey deep truths about the meaning of life Unless He s just kidding It s a bit hard to tell, but isn t that normal for pronouncements made under the influence of divine inspiration I see I ve left out all the good bits I haven t mentioned the chrono synclastic infundibulum Or Bea s sonnet, Every Man s an Island , about how to breathe in space Or Salo, and his message for the people at the other end of the Universe Or Universal Will to Become Or even the Sirens If you haven t already done so, why don t you buy the book and check them all out for yourself It s an easy read, and it even has a happy ending I think. the sirens of titanor as i have alternatively titled it,why life is the universes greatest long conis the perfect catalyst for my impending existential crisis all courtesy of john in this review, i will explore the two major themes of the novel, state what we can learn them, and explain how these lessons apply to our meager lives lets get started.free will ah, the biggest illusion of them them all if the universe was a magician, the fact that we somehow believe we have control over our lives would be considered the finale, the best trick saved for last because we are nothingthan victims of a series of accidents the combination of random events created us and will continue to lead us and nothing we can do or say has any influence over that there is no way to control that which is unpredictable alexa, play despacito meaning and purpose if you choose to believe vonnegut, intrinsically everyone knows how to find the meaning of life within themselves meaning that, even though we just established we have no control over our lives, we can still find meaning purpose and make it highly personal in nature in this instance, i agree with the book, in that the purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved unfortunately for me, im painfully single in closing, what have we learned its that life is meaningless but we should be happy about it because even though we may not be able to control what life throws at us, we have the innate disposition to be able to make it meaningful thats what makes us human.and that is something we all could do well to remember thanks for coming to my ted talk 4.5 stars Love the One You re WithMost of Vonnegut s enduring tropes start life in Sirens Time and its distortions Places like Newport and Indianapolis People such as Rumfoord and Ben and Sylvia The planet Tralfamadore and its inhabitants And of course the Volunteer Fire DepartmentWhat holds these oddities together is what holds everything of Vonnegut together, an ethical theology His sci fi is a way of displacing talk about God just enough to do some serious thinking And he may indeed have inspired a new generation of thinkers about God as a consequence.Vonnegut s Church of God the Utterly Indifferent follows a teaching remarkably like a Christian theology developed almost 40 years after Vonnegut s novel This theology of the Weakness of God rejects the idea of God as the all powerful fixer of the universe And it rejects the idea that power flows downhill, as it were, from the divine source to spiritual and secular leaders Its ethical import is that all of us are engaged in a search for God, and that the only help we have in this search comes from our fellow human beings.This is essentially Vonnegut s Titanic TheologyThe two chief teachings of this religion are these Puny man can do nothing at all to help or please God Almighty, and Luck is not the hand of GodGod does not interfere in human affairs he is what in traditional theology is called apathetic He is not affected one iota by human action In shortGod Does Not CareWhatever morality there is in human life comes not from His interests or the possible benefits from pleasing Him, but from the necessity for the community life of human beings.So the ethic of Vonnegut s theology is direct and clear There is only one commandmentThese words will be written on that flag in gold letters on a blue field Take Care of the People, and God Almighty Will Take Care of HimselfThis mandate requires no complicated exegesis or commentary Nevertheless it s profundity takes a while to sink inIt took us that long to realize that a purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved In a world ruled by such an ethos there is the possibility of pain, but of a particular sortThe worst thing that could possibly happen to anybody, she said, would be to not be used for anything by anybodySo called Weakness Theologians like John Caputo are apt to agree The Sirens of Titan, Kurt VonnegutThe Sirens of Titan is a Hugo Award nominated novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., first published in 1959 His second novel, it involves issues of free will, omniscience, and the overall purpose of human history Much of the story revolves around a Martian invasion of Earth Malachi Constant is the richest man in a future America He possesses extraordinary luck that he attributes to divine favor which he has used to build upon his father s fortune He becomes the centerpoint of a journey that takes him from Earth to Mars in preparation for an interplanetary war, to Mercury with another Martian survivor of that war, back to Earth to be pilloried as a sign of Man s displeasure with his arrogance, and finally to Titan where he again meets the man ostensibly responsible for the turn of events that have befallen him, Winston Niles Rumfoord 2012 1390 376 20 3RD READ THROUGH 4 18 17 Since I was about 19, I ve been referring to this novel as my favorite book I don t know if quite holds that distinction still, having read a lotin the succeeding 15 years, but it is STILL, without question one of the best This book might be the plottiest of all of Vonnegut s novels, while I enjoy the voice later Vonnegut muchThe Sirens of Titan was only his second book the ideas presented here are deep and varied, lying what is obviously the philosophical and spiritual groundwork for a lifetime of work to still come This book still hits, and it hits HARD If you haven t read this and don t rectify that immediately, then I don t think we can be friends 5 GIGANTIC STARS This is my favorite Vonnegut book, and I ve read them all, except for one, which I am afraid to read because he is dead now and once I read that last book there won t be anyto read and my life will be meaningless. , There are plenty of space travels in The Sirens of Titan but it isn t a space opera It is a spaced out satire, a cosmic comedy of manners Mankind flung its advance agents ever outward, ever outward Eventually it flung them out into space, into the colorless, tasteless, weightless sea of outwardness without end.It flung them like stones.These unhappy agents found what had already been found in abundance on Earth a nightmare of meaninglessness without end The bounties of space, of infinite outwardness, were three empty heroics, low comedy, and pointless death.Some enigmatic space phenomenon had turned a lonely space scout into something similar to photon, possessing properties of both particle and wave, and spread him all over outer space and time, making him periodically appear and disappear in different places as his material self Winston Niles Rumfoord vanished slowly, beginning with the ends of his fingers, and ending with his grin The grin remained some time after the rest of him had gone.This smart allusion toAlice s Adventures in Wonderlandsurely gave me an agreeable frisson.Consequently, to improve humankind and to better its destiny omnipresent and omniscient Rumfoord decided to become a universal do gooder and began to commit a hellish lot of preposterous deeds and even fashioned a new religion O Lord Most High, what a glorious weapon is Thy Apathy, for we have unsheathed it, have thrust and slashed mightily with it, and the claptrap that has so often enslaved us or driven us into the madhouse lies slain But however absurd new religion may seem it can t beabsurd than those religions that already exist. Do you read a Vonnegut book, or does the book read you Does it expose your thoughts to the most detailed analysis of humanity, human behavior, and human mind and then tells you to not give a damn Except that it also seizes the phrase to not give a damn from your control Leaves you hanging midair Questioning.So what to do What is to be done Apart from whatever has already been done You go beyond the story See Unk staring at you pointedly with a hazy gaze Figure out if he thinks whether you are in control of the story or is he the real commander Go beyond the clich , beyond the at times stupendously obvious humour Look at the blanketed irony Then either sleep in the warmth of ignorance or throw away the cover and dive deep in the chills of reality.Reading Vonnegut is probably a religion The Church of God the Exquisitely Sarcastic.Shake hands with Rumfoord If he allows you to do so.Peer through the kaleidoscope of allusions The allusions in the form of the War, Harmoniums, Old Salo A machine with a heart, as opposed to humans with emotions hardened as Titanic peat due to over exposure to something unrecognized or overtly familiar Kazak, the dog on the leash The soulless slave of gravity.In between become unstuck in time while reading the events that led to the initiation of the formation of The Church of God the Utterly Indifferent Keep reading and re reading several passages I have a feeling that I am lost Lost while comprehending the gravitational depth for each line Vonnegut has written I don t know whether I really liked this book or I really want to like itthan I did I wonder what planet influenced me to write this review The Hindu religion does give a lot of importance to planets and their influences on your life and the reviews you write.I will abstain from asking myself these questions after a Vonnegut book in future Best is to try and emulate the sweet sounds of Poo tee weet.I need a stiff drink.