Laxxone - Yeah, Vonnegut deals with that type of stuff. It’s the central theme in Sirens of Titan, and it’s mentioned often in Breakfast of Champions.
mauser - I didn’t find Breakfast of Champions that funny… the humor was too dark, and I don’t mind black comedy, but this time I wasn’t a huge fan. Maybe it’s because I read half the book in one sitting because we had a book check the next day heh.
thabigdon - I’ve only read two Vonnegut, so maybe there are better, but Sirens of Titan is funny, captivating to read (unlike Breakfast of Champions at times), and is typical weird Vonnegut.
To anyone who still remembers Breakfast, what’d you think of the ending? Theme-wise? To me, it represented Vonnegut’s hopelessness for the human race. After Karabekian gives his little monologue about that “unwavering band of light” that represents the only human part of us, our awareness, Vonnegut has faith in people again. And when he tells Kilgore at the end that he’s his creator, thus making him “aware,” making him human, all Kilgore does is shout a selfish “make me young make young make me young,” and with the two crying eye picture and the “ETC” at the end (which is mentioned earlier in the book), it makes me believe that Vonnegut thinks there is no hope for the human race as far as us becoming truly human.