Vonnegut Addict

I just finished reading Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut as recommended by Anthony, and I absolutely loved it. It's Vonnegut's commentary on..well...almost everything, but mainly on evolution, society and humans with our "big brains" and how much trouble they cause us :D It follows the events that happen on a "Nature Cruise of the Century" in 1986 that eventually lead to the ability for humans to continue evolving 1 million years after that...and you wouldn't believe what we evolve into. Here is one of my favorite quotes from the book.

"Mere opinions, in fact, were as likely to govern people's actions as hard evidence, and were subject to sudden reversals as hard evidence could never be. So the Galapagos Islands could be hell in one moment and heaven in the next, and Julius Caesar could be a statesman in one moment and a butcher in the next, and Ecuadorian paper money could be traded for food, shelter, and clothing in one moment and line the bottom of a birdcage in the next, and the universe could be created by God Almighty in one moment and by a big explosion in the next--and on and on."
- Galapagos
...and if that quote doesn't intrigue you...maybe this will?
"(Now, there is a big-brain idea I haven’t heard much about lately: human slavery. How could you ever hold somebody in bondage with nothing but your flippers and your mouth?)"


Burrell said...

Thank you Danielleee Belly. I enjoy reading your intelligence so much that when I read these extremely smart quotes I, for the time it takes me to read them, feel somewhat more brilliant than I already am. And when I have finished reading the last word, I feel fully satisfied, yet wanting more, and cannot wait until you bless us once again with your intellect. And wit.
What a sad sad world this would be without it.


Tamara with a "T" said...

I was very intrigued. Tell me more or can I just borrow your book? Dani- you are my book referral program.