I loved the ideas captured in the book (that’s why I’m reading it again). It was written in 1973 by Kurt Vonnegut where he gives a satirical look at western culture. It’s funny yet everything he says is basically true. It’s very witty and gives you a clear insight on Vonnegut’s thoughts and ideas on human nature and our existence. This story centers around two characters, Dwayne Hoover, and Kilgore Trout. Dwayne Hoover is a wealthy businessman who is going insane and Kilgore Trout is a struggling writer. Hoover enters true insanity because of Trout’s novel, which is a letter to the reader from the “Creator of the Universe” explaining that all other beings are just robots and the reader is the only person with free will.
This book is incredible because the plot is not the central focus but, instead, the meat of the book is what the narrator reveals, all his thoughts and ideas. He shows how America is still very racist, how dependent we are on advertising and symbols, and how little thinking we actually do as a society.
Although this book was written and set in the 70s, many of the problems addressed in the book are still relevant in today’s society. I guess we haven’t progressed just got worse, like George Orwell’s 1984 (another favorite book), big brother is still watching us and will continue to watch us with more cameras and more “security”.
I think I’ll re-read 1984 after this one 🙂
“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” – Oscar Wilde