C'mon, it's Vonnegut, so it's great. He's a genre all his own. This story begins in 1986, but it's really amazing how much light it casts on 2016. The problem is those big brains that humans have. As Vonnegut points out, those big brains are the only things that have ever caused any problems on planet earth. Ever. The solution Vonnegut posits in Galapagos is that over a million years (and this is no spoiler -- he spells it out in the very beginning of the novel) human brains shrink to a size that they no longer have the ability to think up all that "I'm totally right and you're totally wrong" nonsense. Maybe he's right. Maybe the solution is one of physical devolution. I keep wondering, though, if perhaps there's a solution that's, shall we say, one of metaphysical evolution. If so, that might not take a million years.
I'm a huge Vonnegut fan. In fact, one weekend I bought probably close to a dozen of his bizarre satirical novels on Amazon, one of which was Galapagos.
I chose to read this one because, as a student of anthropology and biology, I am very fascinated with the Galapagos islands myself. This book was not exactly what I expected, but of all the Vonnegut books I've read, I've retained more of the plot of Galapagos than almost any other Vonnegut book (besides Slaughterhouse-Five). What I love about Vonnegut's books is that he uses absurd, farfetched storytelling to illustrate fallacies of American culture and consumerism. Being very satirical and almost lewd at time, it's also very thoughtful and poignant. For this reason, when I read a Vonnegut novel I keep a pencil in handle to underline or circle certain selections that are especially observant.
Because I feel Slaughterhouse-Five is a stronger book—even if only just—I'm rating Galapagos as four stars...
Когда читаешь Воннегута, возникает обманчивое впечатление, что ты бы тоже так мог. Кажется, он достигает образности повествования очень легко, без вздувшихся жил на...
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