Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut

This has been in my pile for a while now, so I was really excited to get to read it over summer break. You can look at it here.

Rating: [2/5]

Summary: Galapagos features a ghostly narrator telling the story of human evolution. A mismatched group of travelers are all slated to go on a cruise to Galapagos. However, the world plunges into crisis as World War III breaks out. A small group of survivors settle Galapagos, becoming the sole progenitors of the human race. Humanity evolves into a sort of furry, seal-like creature, and all that survives of human language and civilization resides in the Mandarax, the invention of one of the travelers.

Likes: Galapagos had a really interesting premise, and the story was told in a very unique way. The author also wrote with a great deal of sarcasm and cynicism, which was fun to read.

Dislikes: The plot and pacing were kind of boring. I didn’t feel like a lot happened in the book, though the story itself was interesting.

TL;DR: I would recommend Galapagos with the caveat that it’s not always the most fun or easy thing to read. However, I think the premise is worth it.

Agree? Disagree? Let me know!


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