Book review entries

August 10, 2007

Weird but facinating

4 out of 5 stars

A friend of mine, who is a great fan of Vonnegut gave me the book very recently as a birthday present, in the hope to foster an enthusiasm in me, too. Let me say this right away: He was definatly successful.

Even though, it was first quite difficult to see what was actually going on, since the complicated story plot is not made easier by the fragmentated style; but as I continued to read things started falling into their place which was a very satisfying experience.

Content wise the book deals with some very heavy, but important issues, concerning the responcibility of the scientist towards his research. I guess the fact that the book was first published in the middle of the Cold War gives sufficient hints to what some of these ethical issues may be. However, it is not simply a moral sermon. The conflict of science develops to find itself set in a surreal war against a rather marvellous religion in the Carabean.

Definaltly a great read for people who do not mind thinking about global distruction and the extend to which science has replaced religion and with its scientists and doctors as new priests. Or to quote the book "Science is magic that works!"

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