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To exist made redundant by their prized big brains From the author of Slaughterhouse 5. Galápagos is Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical tribute to Charles Darwin The narrator of the tale is a ghost existing for a million years and witnessing everything from the beginning to the end“Nothing could be less inviting than the first appearance A broken field of black basaltic lava thrown into the most rugged waves and crossed by great fissures is everywhere covered by stunted sun burnt brushwood which shows little signs of life The dry and parched surface being heated by the noon day sun gave to the air a close and sultry feeling like that from a stove we fancied even that the bushes smelt unpleasantly” Charles Darwin – The Voyage of the BeagleThe story is also a spoof of Noah’s Ark but instead of landing on Mount Ararat the ship lands on one of the islands in the Galápagos archipelago And instead of evolution Kurt Vonnegut depicts a devolutionBack when childhoods were often so protracted it is unsurprising that so many people got into the lifelong habit of believing even after their parents were gone that somebody was always watching over them – God or a saint or a guardian angel or the stars or whateverPeople have no such illusions today They learn very early what kind of a world this really is and it is a rare adult indeed who hasn’t seen a careless sibling or parent eaten alive by a killer whale or sharkNowadays with all the consumerism conformism and hypocrisy surrounding us individuals just lose their true identity and the devolution has probably already begun
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GalápagosFurry creatures with flippers and small brains All other forms of humankind have ceased. I can imagine Kurt Vonnegut Jr had a really good time writing this—humans evolving into seal like creatures with flippers and beaks and small brains And of course with small brains they are no longer capable of carrying out the elaborate and monstrous and extremely wicked acts of their big brained warmongering ancestors Even if their pea brains could muster up the idea of building weapons of mass destruction or even your basic shiv could you imagine trying to do this with slippery flippers and a beak We might be dealing with the Galápagos Islands and lizards and Charles Darwin and catching fish and cannibal girls and a former male prostitute and an old women who likes playing around with sperm and whatnot but it's clear he is still pointing the finger at the human race—rebuking it for all the wrongs like greed and excessive technology and financial catastrophe and war On the surface we have a band of misfits assembled to take the 'the nature cruise of the century' before everything starts to go belly up but Vonnegut Jr adds important and deeper subtext to the story and it's this that impressed me the most It's a really clever novel narrated by a ghost from a point a million years in the future—who also happens to be a Vietnam veteran—and I actually preferred this to his classic anti war novel Slaughterhouse Five Got me thinking of Pynchon in some sense but this was so much easier to read— fun and less frustrating A solid 45