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  • Title: Galápagos
  • Author: Kurt Vonnegut
  • ISBN: 9780385333870
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Paperback
  • Gal pagos takes the reader back one million years, to A.D 1986 A simple vacation cruise suddenly becomes an evolutionary journey Thanks to an apocalypse, a small group of survivors stranded on the Gal pagos Islands are about to become the progenitors of a brave, new, and totally different human race In this inimitable novel, America s master satirist looks at our worldGal pagos takes the reader back one million years, to A.D 1986 A simple vacation cruise suddenly becomes an evolutionary journey Thanks to an apocalypse, a small group of survivors stranded on the Gal pagos Islands are about to become the progenitors of a brave, new, and totally different human race In this inimitable novel, America s master satirist looks at our world and shows us all that is sadly, madly awry and all that is worth saving.
    Gal pagos Gal pagos takes the reader back one million years to A D A simple vacation cruise suddenly becomes an evolutionary journey Thanks to an apocalypse a small group of survivors stranded on the Gal

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    1. The serene Galapagos Islands, named after the famous giant turtles, discovered there, almost 600 miles west of impoverished Ecuador, in a remote part of the vast Pacific the small nation, that owns them, was made famous by scientist Charles Darwin, when the HMS Beagle, a British Royal Navy, surveying ship, visited these bleak, isles, encompassing 21, in number, not counting than 100, minuscule peaks, breaking the surface, of the sometimes cold, deep blue waters, in 1835, strange animals were ob [...]

    2. Kurt Vonnegut, Isaac Asimov, Theodore Sturgeon and St Peter sit in a bar in the Great Hereafter discussing, among other things, Vonnegut s 1985 novel Galapagos.Isaac Looking at Peter What are you laughing about Peter You know laughing Isaac It s still funny, after all these centuries, that me, a self described atheist and humanist, finds himself here in the Great Hereafter Peter Yep, still funny.Theodore Well, it s like Kurt s book Galapagos, where Kilgore Trout s son Leon is a ghost and views a [...]

    3. Rewritten after rereading in July 2012.This darkly humorous satire starts with a world financial crisis in 1986 hopefully that s where the similarity with current times ends , leading to WW3 though it s not really about either it s fundamentally about adaptation A million years in the future, the only humans left on Earth are the descendants of a small but diverse group of survivors of a Galapagos islands cruise, and they are like seals than 20th century humans Most of the story is set between [...]

    4. When all was said and done, the creatures of the Gal pagos Islands were a pretty listless bunch compared with rhinos and hippos and lions and elephants and so on Leon Trotsky Trout is as dead as a dodo, but is nevertheless the incorporeal narrator of a story that is told a million years into our future.Trout recounts a sequence of evolutionary events that begin in 1986, as a bunch of bipedal misfits gather in Ecuador for The Nature Cruise of the Century Looking back at humankind, from a million [...]

    5. In this era of big brains, anything which can be done will be done so hunker down Kurt Vonnegut, Gal pagosTrying to stay a couple books ahead of my son as I re read Vonnegut I haven t read much since those years between 13 and 18 when I seemed to burn through Vonnegut books again and again He was one of those few writers I ever read twice Dickens, Shakespeare, and Hugo are a few others So, now as an adult I am approaching these books again God I love this man I love his hopeful, resigned cynicis [...]

    6. One million years in the future, a man recounts humanity s origins in the Galapagos islands.This was the third Kurt Vonnegut book I ve read and my third favorite Actually, it reminds me of one of Grandpa Simpson s rambling stories that circles back on itself, only with novel y bits like themes and messages and such.Galapagos is part satire, part cautionary tale There s a shipwreck on Galapagos and it turns out those people are the only ones who can reproduces I m pretty sure this is mentioned in [...]

    7. Just about every adult human being back then had a brain weighing about three kilograms There was no end to the evil schemes that a thought machine that oversized couldn t imagine and execute No so it goes , but and so on does make the occasional appearances This quote represents what appears to be the basic theme of Gal pagos The big brain is humanity s downfall Though I believe Vonnegut means something subtle than that.Gal pagos is about a group of survivors of an apocalypse after and before [...]

    8. FINALLY A Vonnegut book I didn t like I didn t think it were possible Narrated by the million year old ghost of Kilgore Trout s son Trout being the obscure science fiction writer whom Vonnegut fans will undoubtedly recall from such books as Breakfast of Champions and Slaughterhouse Five , Gal pagos tells the story of the end of human civilization as we currently know it Which is, incidentally, a million years before Trout s telling of it And by this description one might expect to be highly ente [...]

    9. As a fan of sarcasm, cynicism, pessimism, and nihilism yup, I m fun at parties , as well as an absurdist plot, I m a smitten kitten when it comes to Vonnegut However, I m not in love with Galapagos In deep like Yes, but, for me, the gold standard when it comes to Vonnegut is Cat s Cradle, followed by Mother Night I did, however, like Galapagos better than Slaughterhouse Five.Galapagos is set one million years after 1986, when the world as we know it ended and, through a series of fluke events, o [...]

    10. Absolutely adored the central conceit of this novel In the midst of the death of the human species, a pocket of humanity manages to trundle on for at least another million years into the future, but the caveat being that these far flung descendants are forever marooned on an ashy isle of the Galapagos where they have devolved into furry small brained creatures with flippers and the species and the planet couldn t be better off for it The conceptual remove from its characters will probably troubl [...]

    11. It was a complicated relationship, with this book I love Vonnegut, so I was than enthusiastic to start yet another book by him And as I started reading it, I got stuck right away It took me a MONTH and a couple of days to finish it Which is unusual for me, with Vonnegut.My main problem with it knowing from the start that all the characters were doomed and what sort of fate awaited them and the whole humanity too, btw wasn t good There were no surprises, no aha moments, no twists The action was [...]

    12. Mr Vonnegut puts to use a hyper imagination with Galapagos This book is about big brains Big brains, like big boobies, regularly get in peoples way Fortunately, I have neither They are in peoples way when riding a crowded bus, or crowded elevators or when actively engaged in a sport And evolution This book is about big brains, boobies and evolution That s about all a person needs to know before reading Galapagos after all, it s not likely you were going to write Beethoven s Ninth Symphony.

    13. Galapagos Our biggest problem is our oversized brainsOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureThis year I read or reread my favorite Kurt Vonnegut books after a two decade gap The Sirens of Titan 1959 , Mother Night 1961 , Cat s Cradle 1963 , and Slaughterhouse Five 1969 In these works, his trademark cynicism and resignation towards humanity s recurrent vanity and folly was mitigated by his gallows humor and simple, unadorned prose It s a formula that really transcends any period and keeps his boo [...]

    14. Kurt Vonnegut explains that the greatest achievement of The Origin of Species is that it has done to stabilize people s volatile opinions of how to identify success or failure than any other tome The thinking is that so long as we continue to survive challenges, we will have improved over those that came before.We often associate survival with success, merit and quality, and Vonnegut goes out of his way to undermine this notion in one of his less appreciated novels, Galapagos.Leon Trotsky Trout [...]

    15. I hadn t read anything by Vonnegut since 1990 No real reason for the lapse, just life, I guess But boy, am I glad he s back in my life again.Like most of THE MAN S books, this one is about everything and nothing.The ghost of Leon Trotsky Trout sprung from the loins of Kilgore Trout spins a salty yarn from one million years in the future, telling us all about the mating rituals of humans and blue footed boobies in the year 1986 Seems that once upon a time, mankind had bigger brains and opposable [...]

    16. It will be interesting to see what becomes of the legacy of Kurt Vonnegut now that he is dead Many great authors don t receive the recognition they deserve until after they have taken the giant step to the other side, but Vonnegut s Slaughter House Five was being taught in high schools across America while the author was still alive so I guess it can be said that he was a legend in his own time Maybe his appeal will diminish with age, but I kind of doubt it I consider him one of the most brillia [...]

    17. I ve read a few of Vonnegut s novels now, and I can t get enough I love his writing style, his dark humor, and his incredible imagination He has this way of making his bizarre visions of the future seem perfectly plausible, and makes me worry for our future and laugh at the same time.Galapagos is told from the point of view of a person a million years after 1986 He relates the story of events in 1986 that led to the remnants of all of humanity being situated on one tiny island a million years la [...]

    18. In the era of big brains, life stories could end up any which way Look at mine This is my favourite of Kurt Vonnegut s books It is a story told through the eyes of Leon Trotsky Trout, son of one of Vonnegut s recurring characters, Kilgore Trout Leon has been watching over humanity for around a million years as a ghost, and by watching over I mean he just sits there and watches them, not in any divine form Galapagos takes quite a big chunk being about Ecuador in 1986 during the Latin American Deb [...]

    19. I have been told to spread my legs a little, open up my work to the desperate reading masses So let me interrupt this blank space to bring you the latest M.J Nicholls book experience, The Casserole Dishes of Letitia Elizabeth Landon Here s the synopsis In my first non fiction book, I explore the hidden culinary talents of the 19thC poet and writer, known largely for her simple and sentimental verse.In 1821, at the age of nineteen, Landon published her first book of poems, The Fate of Adelaide Sh [...]

    20. When will evolution correct its mistake and shrink our excessively big brains because obviously, what we do with our intelligence ultimately goes against the interest of the planet and consequently, against our own best interest The speculative future evolutionary stages of mankind and how they might come about, that s what lies at the heart of this satiric dystopia.The book is a typical Vonnegut It s funny, but the humor serves to amplify the author s message which is, as usual, dead serious I [...]

    21. This is either the best or the worst travel book ever written I was traveling through central Europe while I read this book And as I read, I kept thinking that perhaps I was on my own Nature Cruise of the Century I thought that perhaps my own version of James Wait was around every corner Now, let my oversized brain ruin a simple book review, let me finish by saying that there were no currency crises, wars, drunken captains, or con artists at least that I knew of on my trip I wasn t stranded anyw [...]

    22. 7 10 The ship, a fragment detached from the earth,went on lonely and swift like a small planet I love to come across Joseph Conrad quotes, and the one above is eminently appropriate as a one line review of Galapagos The whole Earth is reduced in this novel to a single vessel, a modern Noah s Ark carrying the last survivors of the human race to the haven of the Galapagos Islands By placing the action of the novel in 1986, only one year into the future considering the date of publication, Vonnegut [...]

    23. Galapagos is, as far as I can tell, when Kurt Vonnegut decided to become Kurt Vonnegut This book feels like an imperfect parody of Vonnegut s style It s not _bad_, per se, it s just not very good Narrated from 1 million years in the future, by Kilgore Trout s son, this book has flashes of real resonance, like when Leon Trout speaks of his time in Vietnam All in all, however, the entire thing feels misanthropic in a way that definitely would have appealed to me back in junior high, but feels rath [...]

    24. I ve read a whole lot of Vonnegut I can summate my general feeling toward his works as follows it s an incredibly engaging and interesting read that you simply fly through, but over the course of a few days after finishing it the plot is all but totally forgotten, and the protagonist appears increasingly underdeveloped the you think about it So not expecting a Raskolnikov or Mersault from Vonnegut leads me to take his books at face value Galapogos, however, was different The characters share th [...]

    25. I just really, really regret not ever reading Vonnegut as a teenager Would ve been the perfect time It s still good now, but I feel a bit like I have to time travel while reading it in order to appreciate it I ve also been told that this is not exactly the best Vonnegut to start with, especially as a full grown adult with pretentious literary sensibility and high intellectual expectations Still, I enjoyed it quite a bit I like the wildly speculative and I m a fetishist of sorts for evolutionary [...]

    26. For a first time reading Vonnegut, I can t say it was all that bad Especially since the book was borrowed.The core of the story is how a group of people colonise an island of the Gal pagos Archipelago, and the evolution that ensues from that The action takes time in 1986, the actual time is a million years after that, and the narrator is a ghost that refuses to enter the Blue Tunnel of the Afterlife.Sounds crazy It is crazy.Especially because humanity s big problems are derived from our big brai [...]

    27. This is the second time I ve read this book the first being half my lifetime ago, at the very tail end of my teenage years and I have to say, this is Vonnegut at his best Written in the latter part of his career, this unsung novel should be held in the same esteem as Cat s Cradle or Slaughterhouse Five Caustically empathetic, weird, deep, and playful this book exemplifies everything that is good about Vonnegut s writing, and reading now for the second time, it has once again reminded me why I re [...]

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