Sirens of Titan: May Bookclub Pick
Sorry this took so long to get up, I've been real busy lately and was unable to reread the book until a few days ago. I'm basically going to go about this like PureTaurine did last month with [I]Remainder[/I]; in a sort of review/question way. Here goes.
Throughout the book Vonnegut shows contempt for the phrase "Somebody up there likes you", however, he uses it as the last phrase in the book. Can we take this to be a final mockery of it all, or a hint that Vonnegut is unsure of the existence of a higher being, or what? When I first read the last sentence, I was a bit confused as to why Vonnegut chose to end it that way; just for the sake of ending it? What do you think?
The Church of God Utterly Indifferent was interesting to me in that in fact, nothing cared about anyone, and still- millions of people followed it like mindless sheep. However, it was filled with the same tendency to superstition and the promise of happiness that every other religion is. It was also interesting that their symbol was one of hatred toward their own prophet.
It seemed weird to me that Rumfoord, the only person in the book who claimed to be able to see all time- was the one who was actually creating all these incidences in the first place; such as Beatrice and Malachi's trip into space, the war with Mars, and the Church of God Utterly Indifferent. Do you think he is a God figure?
The character of Salo was also interesting to me because he was a very humble character, as well as a machine, however, he was responsible, according to the novel, for everything that had ever happened on Earth; all existence, simply because he was sending a small message of greetings to another planet very far away, and got stranded mid-trip. In the end, he even does something that is supposed to be impossible for a machine- he breaks protocol. Salo, although he is a machine, has very human characteristics. Do you think this is Vonneguts way of saying that no matter the vastness of a particular idea or thing, that what really matters is the humanity we show to one another?
This is all I can think of right now. If you have any more topics to discuss feel free to post about them.