My favorite author is Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and my favorite novel of his, or anyone’s for that matter, is Sirens of Titan. I first read it in high school and my view of life itself was forever changed. Seriously. The book moved me that much. Throughout my life, maybe once every 10 years or so. I’ll pick it back up – see how it looks through older eyes. In 2017, when I turned 60, I read all of Vonnegut’s novels in chronological order. While some of his works didn’t age particularly well for me, Sirens stood the test of time. Still an unbelievable work of imagination, full of twists and turns and revelations, with lots of laughs and a few tears along the way.
It occurred to me the other day that this book is relevant to what we’re living through right now. As soon as I finish this post, I’m going to crack it open once again. I hope you will too!
This obnoxious jerk is the richest man in America. He possesses incredible luck which he uses to build on the fortune his super quirky Dad left him.
This clown becomes the focus of a journey that takes him (among other places) from Earth to Mars in preparation for an interplanetary war. Okay, it’s 1950s sci-fi, but Vonnegut is SO much more than sci-fi. Jeez! This story is about the very reason our society on Earth exits and how it reaches salvation. It’s pretty deep stuff! Lol.
Anyway, there’s this other super rich dude who has his own spacecraft and wants to mess the first guy up real bad, because he thinks the first guy is a freakin’ buffoon, so he uses him in a brilliant plot to bring all of the Earth’s people together against a common enemy.
Sound familiar? Right now, we’re all facing a common enemy and a clown is in the middle of it all. Timely!
Oh yeah, and there’s a space dog named Kazak and a chrono-synclastic infundibulum and a Church of God the Utterly Indifferent, but hey – no spoiler alerts 🙂