The sirens of Titan
Kurt Vonnegut
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An edition of The Sirens of Titan (1959)

The sirens of Titan

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1st Laurel ed.
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This edition was published in by Dell Pub. Co. in New York, N.Y.

Written in English

319 pages

"His best book," Esquire wrote of Kurt Vonnegut's 1959 novel The Sirens of Titan, adding, "he dares not only to ask the ultimate question about the meaning of life, but to answer it." This novel fits into that aspect of the Vonnegut canon that might be classified as science fiction, a quality that once led Time to describe Vonnegut as "George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer ... a zany but moral mad scientist."

The Sirens of Titan was perhaps the novel that began the Vonnegut phenomenon with readers. The story is a fabulous trip, spinning madly through space and time in pursuit of nothing less than a fundamental understanding of the meaning of life. It takes place at a time in the future, when "only the human soul remained terra incognita ... the Nightmare Ages, falling roughly, give or take a few years, between the Second World War and the Third Great Depression."

The villainous and super rich Malachi Constant is offered a chance to journey into the far reaches of outer space, to eventually live on the planet Titan surrounded by three beautiful sirens. There is the proverbial "small print" with this incredible offer, which Constant turns down, setting in motion a fantastic chain of events that only Vonnegut could imagine. The result is an uproarious, freewheeling inquiry into the very reason we exist and about how we participate and matter in the scheme of the universe.

The Sirens of Titan is essential, fundamental Vonnegut, as entertaining as it is questing in search of answers to the mysteries of life. As a work of fiction, it is a sure leap, in terms of craft, over his first novel, Player Piano. His writing here is pared down, more concentrated and graceful, richly in the service of his remarkable ideas. Vonnegut summons greatness for the first time in The Sirens of Titan, where the search for the meaning of existence looks and sounds like a kaleidoscopic dream but leaves the reader with a clear and challenging answer.

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The sirens of Titan
2010, RosettaBooks
eBook
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The Sirens of Titan
2006, Dial Press Trade Paperbacks
in English - Dial Press trade pbk. ed.
Cover of: Las sirenas de Titán
Las sirenas de Titán
2004, Minotauro
in Spanish / español - 1a ed. en esta colección.
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The Sirens of Titan
2002, RosettaBooks
eBook in English
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Sirens of Titan
October 1999, Tandem Library
School & Library Binding in English
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The Sirens of Titan
September 8, 1998, The Dial Press
in English
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Sirens of Titan
February 1992, Dell Publishing Company
Mass Market Paperback in English
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The sirens of Titan.
1989, VGSF
in English
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The sirens of Titan: an original novel
1988, Dell Pub. Co.
in English - 1st Laurel ed.
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The sirens of Titan
1986, Gollancz
in English
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Sirens of Titan
September 1985, Doubleday
in English
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Sirens of Titan
June 1984, Books On Tape
Audio cassette
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Sirens of Titan (Coronet Books)
May 1, 1982, Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
Paperback in English - New Ed edition
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The Sirens of Titan
June 1981, Delacorte Press
in English
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The sirens of Titan
1979, Delacorte Press
in English
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The Sirens Of Titan
July 1, 1978, Books On Tape
Audio cassette in English - UNABRIDGED edition
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The sirens of Titan
1974, Delacorte Press
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The sirens of Titan: an original novel.
1970, Dell Pub. Co.
in English - [New ed.] [New Dell ed. --
Cover of: The sirens of Titan
The sirens of Titan: an original novel.
1970, Dell Pub. Co.
in English
Cover of: The sirens of Titan.
The sirens of Titan.
1967, Hodder & Stoughton
in English
Cover of: The sirens of Titan.
The sirens of Titan.
1967, Coronet Books, Hodder Paperbacks
in English
Cover of: The sirens of Titan.
The sirens of Titan.
1962, Gollancz
in English
Cover of: Sirens of Titan.
Sirens of Titan.
1962
in English
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The sirens of Titan
1961, Dell Pub. Co.
in English
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The sirens of Titan.
1961, Houghton Mifflin
in English
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The sirens of Titan
1959, Delacorte Press
in English
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Cover of: The sirens of titan
The sirens of titan
1959, Delacorte
in English
Cover of: The sirens of Titan
The sirens of Titan: an original novel
Publish date unknown, Dell Pub. Co.
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The sirens of Titan.
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"His best book," Esquire wrote of Kurt Vonnegut's 1959 novel The Sirens of Titan, adding, "he dares not only to ask the ultimate question about the meaning of life, but to answer it." This novel fits into that aspect of the Vonnegut canon that might be classified as science fiction, a quality that once led Time to describe Vonnegut as "George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer ... a zany but moral mad scientist."

The Sirens of Titan was perhaps the novel that began the Vonnegut phenomenon with readers. The story is a fabulous trip, spinning madly through space and time in pursuit of nothing less than a fundamental understanding of the meaning of life. It takes place at a time in the future, when "only the human soul remained terra incognita ... the Nightmare Ages, falling roughly, give or take a few years, between the Second World War and the Third Great Depression."

The villainous and super rich Malachi Constant is offered a chance to journey into the far reaches of outer space, to eventually live on the planet Titan surrounded by three beautiful sirens. There is the proverbial "small print" with this incredible offer, which Constant turns down, setting in motion a fantastic chain of events that only Vonnegut could imagine. The result is an uproarious, freewheeling inquiry into the very reason we exist and about how we participate and matter in the scheme of the universe.

The Sirens of Titan is essential, fundamental Vonnegut, as entertaining as it is questing in search of answers to the mysteries of life. As a work of fiction, it is a sure leap, in terms of craft, over his first novel, Player Piano. His writing here is pared down, more concentrated and graceful, richly in the service of his remarkable ideas. Vonnegut summons greatness for the first time in The Sirens of Titan, where the search for the meaning of existence looks and sounds like a kaleidoscopic dream but leaves the reader with a clear and challenging answer.

The sirens of Titan

an original novel

1st Laurel ed.

This edition was published in by Dell Pub. Co. in New York, N.Y.


Edition Notes

"A Laurel Book"

The Physical Object

Pagination
319 p. ;
Number of pages
319

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OL20294601M
ISBN 10
0440179483
OCLC/WorldCat
18829216
Library Thing
815646
Goodreads
920933

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