Review of 'The Sirens of Titan'

The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

A very odd book and certainly of the generation in which it was written.

Winston Niles Rumford is a hero who just so happens to stray into a “chrono-synclastic infundibulum” (an area where different perspectives on the universe are all true, evidently) while on a trip in a spaceship with his dog. This causes him to reappear once every 59 days at his home in England during which time he establishes a religion and can see into the future – Particularly the future of Malachi Constant, a millionaire who he tells will travel the solar system and tell him he will fall in love with Rumford's wife – All unbelievable stuff. Rumford is also busy encouraging the people living on Mars to take up arms against the overwhelming forces of Earth as part of his founding of a religion. Unk is a simple fighter in the army of Mars whose memory has been wiped…but who is he, really?

A critique of warfare and, seemingly, the insanity of existence Sirens of Titan reminded me a great deal of the writings of Heinlein and Moorcock (both of the same period). I found this book quite difficult to read and get into but interesting nonetheless.

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Review Date: 2007-10-08


Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Gollancz

Publication Date: 1959


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