This book was written in the late 50's by a man named Kurt Vonnegut and it gave me a great source of entertainment and provoked a lot of thought right from when I opened to page one. Kurt Vonnegut has been on my list of authors to explore over the last year, so I was excited to start this book. This is his first book that I have read and I might be so bold to say that I have found a author that has hooked me. His writing style is amazing and his ability to tell a captivating story is commanding.
The book reminded me of a book written with a jovial hap-hazardous attitude, much like "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy". There were times where characters were forced into situations to look at typical conventions and cultural norms and see them turned upside down, and their reactions are priceless. I love how Vonnegut does this.
The story is about a man, who couldn't be farther from a typical hero character, who is given a prophecy on earth that tells him that he will marry another man's wife, travel to Mars, Mercury, and then Titan (the largest of Saturn's moons). A remarkably unbelievable prophecy according to him, but as you can imagine, the storyline brings him to all those places.
I loved the way the book was written, but my favorite part was how Vonnegut transitions from different characters' perspectives. In a bunch of different books and movies, we see authors moved from character plot to character plot with some intermixing. But in this book we have 3-4 main characters that interact with each other all the time. It is how Vonnegut switches from each characters who are currently talking to each other or will soon come to interact that makes him a great author. From someone that has attempted at writing a short story, it is harder to transition than you think.
The main theme of the book is that you have no control over your destiny. Things will happen to you, whether you want it to or not. This theme does not just appear for our main characters, but also the ones who you believe are controlling them. It is a pretty ironic story.
The story is wonderful and I would definately recommend it to a friend. I will be discussing this book with my first book club here in Austin. A book club is a new thing for me, so discussing a book with a small group of people will be fun and exciting. Especially one as colorful and philosophical as The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut.