For the third book of my challenge, I chose The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut. I have previously read Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle and Slaughterhouse-5, and enjoyed both tremendously. The Sirens is an excellent example of trademark wit and absurd imagination. It follows the journey of Malachi Constant from billionaire Earthling playboy to penniless hermit on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn. Guided along the way by the chrono-synclastic infundibulated Winston Niles Rumfoord, Constant is an unwitting cog in an elaborate effort by the residents of distant planet Tralfamadore to rescue one of their messengers stranded on Titan. Don’t be put off by the science fiction label. Vonnegut’s writing is very tongue-in-cheek and painfully funny. Despite the humor and absurdity, Vonnegut raises serious questions about all facets of life as we know it. If you haven’t read any Vonnegut before, The Sirens of Titan is a great place to start.
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