I enjoyed this book, a story told by an observer (a ghost), rich with oddball characters and plenty of thoughts about humanities shortcomings. Vonnegut's style is unique, the story jumps all over the place, yet is easy to follow and nothing really happens. That is to say, it's all told to the reader as though it already happened. Social commentary: Humans are essentially big-brained bipeds who make a mess of things. I liked the play on the randomness of the character's lives against the idea of Darwin's evolution. All the supposed randomness adds up to the survival of the species through natural selection and our eventual evolution to ........, I won't spoil it. The story happens in 1986, and could have been written today. The captain, Adolf von Kleist, charming, yet useless in regards to navigation and leadership, is a metaphor for those moronic figureheads we love to elect to steer our country. They have "...(little understanding of )...how things really worked, what it was all about, what was really going on". If KV was alive today there would be a new character, a politician of your choice, steering the next ark out to sea and entirely missing the Galapagos....Continua
An interesting tragicomedy fictional story about the end of humankind and its rebirth, as seen by a renegade ghost.
The plot is reported in a scattered way, full of considerations about the modern human society and behaviors. The book is provocative about the evolutionary inefficiency of having a big brain, and consequences too often evil of thinking and plotting.
"The thing was: One million years ago, back in A.D. 1986, Guayaquil was the chief seaport of the little South American democracy of Ecuador [...] Human beings had much bigger brains back then than they do today, and so they could be beguiled by mysteries."
The thing is: How misleading our far too big brains are, in our everyday life? ;)