The Sirens of Titan

The Sirens of Titan

by Kurt Vonnegut
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The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

The Sirens of Titan is an outrageous romp through space, time, and morality. The richest, most depraived man on Earth, Malachi Constant, is offered a chance to take a space journey to distant worlds with a beautiful woman at his side. Of course, there's a catch to the invitation...and a prophetic vision about the purpose of human life that only Vonnegut has the courage to tell.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385294218
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/1985
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Kurt Vonnegut’s black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America’s attention in The Sirens of Titan in 1959 and established him as “a true artist” (The New York Times) with Cat’s Cradle in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene declared, “one of the best living American writers.” Mr. Vonnegut passed away in April 2007.

Date of Birth:

November 11, 1922

Date of Death:

April 11, 2007

Place of Birth:

Indianapolis, Indiana

Place of Death:

New York, New York

Education:

Cornell University, 1940-42; Carnegie-Mellon University, 1943; University of Chicago, 1945-47; M.A., 1971

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The Sirens of Titan 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 153 reviews.
Tyler-S More than 1 year ago
The Sirens of Titan is the best Vonnegut book I've read by far. It tells of Malachai Constant, the richest man on Earth, and his adventure through space. This science fiction story is just great in every way imaginable. The characters are deep, the plot is meaningful, and the theme will blow your mind away. Vonnegut's 'The Sirens of Titan' questions the whole reason of mankind's existence on earth, and adds a completely unique theory to how and why we came to arrive on our planet. It will definitely get you thinking.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once you start this book, you will want to read directly through to the finish in one sitting. Vonnegut creates entire worlds through writing, and entirely new creatures. This book can be best descibed as a 'Sci-Fi-Drama,' because it intertwines human emotion into a science-fiction atmosphere. After you finish this book, you will take at least twenty minutes to sit back and contemplate life. Believe me. I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had never read any Vonnegut until a friend told me I had to read this book and loaned it to me. I thought slaughterhouse five was some kind fo slasher movie. Anyway, I started this and was completely surprised. Vonnegut tells this strange science fiction story well. He's got a great imagination. The way the story wraps around on itself is amazing. The ideas he came up with to make the story work are very creative. I haven't read anything else of his yet, but I look forward to trying. The same friend gave me 'Visions of Reality' by David Gregory, which, in my experience, is as close as current writers get to this sort of wildly creative Science fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is extremely good. It's the digital verson that is keeping me from giving 5 stars. Spelling mistakes on every freaking page makes it hard to read anything! SPELL CHECK PLEASE!
verrille More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book of all time, with Catch-22 a close second. The writing here and the story are unmatched, even by his Vonnegut's other works. If you don't read it you are missing out on a little piece of literary heaven.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sirens of Titan is a joy to read. If Slaughter House 5 is an attempt to offer hope in the light of war, to offer life back to those who for no good reason were deprived of their life in WWII, then Sirens of Titan is a meditation on God and human destiny. Who said God bears any resemblence to the Christian God? If our God is merely our creators, well what if our creators more resemble the product they created? That product would be us, our species, life on this earth, which encompasses life, death, suffering, and general disregard of life at the unit of an single creature. Not to mention numerous flaws in our character, judgments, and perceptions. This the parable Vonnegut offers in this book. His meditation is as wonderous and as uncomfortable as life itself: who ever told you (or us) that we are in charge? And who cooked up this concept of a benevolent God, a concept seemingly created in utter disregard for the world we exist in and observe, none observing more closely than Vonnegut.
treehugger2 More than 1 year ago
One of Vonnegut's very best works.  Wildly creative science fiction.
carter-c More than 1 year ago
The Sirens of Titan is an excellent book by Kurt Vonnegut. This book is great if you're trying to get back into reading, it has exciting characters and  adventures. The characters have interesting personalities and they change throughout the book. The overall message made me consider my own  perspective on my own life, which I imagine Vonnegut would have wanted. Nonetheless you should read this story if you are looking for something utterly different, and don't expect to understand where it's going right away. It's thought provoking and has a meaningful theme.  It's about the life of Malachi Constant and his travels centering around a destiny given to him by the legendary man Winston Niles Rumfoord. The themes of this book could include the fickleness of fate and the free will of man or lack of it in this case.The theme of fate in this book is portrayed by  the events that happen to Malachi throughout the book as the progressively wear down on his personality that he had at the beginning of the book. The  theme of free will is only present at the end of the book when we learn the stark truth of why everything has happened the way that it has. The free will of man for its entirety has been nonexistent, they have been manipulated for their entire history for one purpose. Once their purpose was fulfilled they have  lost their meaning and drive. This book also moderately speaks on god and religion in that Winston forms a new religion that preaches solely of how indifferent god is to man's actions. He even revises the bible to make it match the teachings of his new founded religion. This is an excellent, thought provoking adventure that will make you think about the purpose of life.
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Love the ending to this book!!! It was quite perfect!!
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Entertaining with a profound undertone especially toward the end
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ITS VERY SECRET!!!
tuxcoder More than 1 year ago
Great book for a Vonnegut fan.  This is one of his earlier works. I enjoy how parts of the book take place on other planets.  It is a little more Sci-Fi than his other works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite book ever, changed my life. Vonnegut was a perfect human.
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