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YA Leon Trout, the ghost of a decapitated shipbuilder, narrates the humorous, ironic and sometimes carping decline of the human race, as seen through the eyes and minds of the survivors of a doomed cruise to the Galapagos Islands. Vonnegut's cast of unlikely Adams and Eves setting out in a Noah's ark includes Mary Hepburn, an American biology teacher and recent widow; Zenji Hiroguchi, a Japanese computer genius (who does not make it to the ship, although his language-translating and quotation-spouting computer does); his wife, Hisako, carrying radiated genes from the atomic bombs; James Wait, who has made a fortune marrying elderly women; and Captain Aolph von Kleist. Also included: six orphaned girls of the Kana-bono cannibal tribe, who will become the founding mothers of the fisherfolk after bacteria render all other women infertile. Serious fans of Vonnegut's wry and ribald prose will welcome this tale of the devolution of superbrained humans into gentle swimmers with small brains, but others may find this Darwinian survival tale too packed with ecological and sociological details that trap the story line in a series of literary devices, albeit very clever ones. Mary T. Gerrity, Queen Anne School, Upper Marlboro, Md.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
For many Vonnegut fans, Galapagos will be a disappointment. The story is set ``one million years ago, back in 1986 A.D.'' and concerns the maiden voyage of the Bahia de Darwin to the Galapa gos Islands. The narrator is a ghost, and the main characters are those involved with the cruise. As the narrative devel ops, we learn that people have evolved from having ``big brains'' that always get them in trouble, to creatures with flippersbut they keep getting eaten by sharks. The narration jumps back and forth between past and future, so that there is no real sense of what life is like in the ``present'' of the story, and it is difficult to grasp what these new hu mans are really like. Vonnegut's usual stylistic devices just don't work here. Buy for demand. Susan Avallone, ``Library Journal''
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
this book is fabulous. It's the first Vonnegut book I read, but not the last. After I read this book I went crazy for about 48 hours, crying, trying to find the meaning of life... Read morePublished on June 26 2004 by Virgin-I-A
In 1986 a simple vacation turns into the next journey of man. A ship full of survivors, or fools, end up on one of the islands of the Galapagos Islands. Read morePublished on June 3 2004 by Michael Valdivielso
Vonnegut style! nothing is linear in his books and it is hard sometimes to follow, but stick with this one or Slaughter House 5 and you will have experienced one of the most... Read morePublished on May 5 2004 by Clifford Lynn
Galapagos has more wit, humor and raw fun than most Vonnegut books... yet somehow it still doesn't seem to stand up as much in terms of sheer literary strength. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004 by Eric D. Knapp
This is, hands down, one of my two favorite Vonnegut books (Player Piano being the other). I also believe that it is the most unabridged window into Vonnegut's own gut reaction to... Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2004
Galapagos is a no-holds-barred attack against our tendencies towards aggression and destruction, where the only hope for mankind is to start over from scratch. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2003 by Archange M. Chavannes
This book is one of the best books I have read in my entire life, not only is Vonneguts dark satire extremely funny in this book, but the points brought up about humans, as a race,... Read morePublished on June 10 2003
As to Vonnegutï¿½s GALAPAGOS, one is naturally inclined toward charity when reading an author who has spent sixty years of his life to entertain readers. Read morePublished on March 13 2003 by Worldreels
The only fiction that we read on the islands, this strange little novel by Vonnegut (hmm, that's probably an oxymoronic statement) contains quite a bit about the natural history... Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2003 by Glen Engel Cox