History Literature / Galapagos

27th Jan '16 9:41:51 AM hullflyer
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* OnlyYouCanRepopulateMyRace: The entire future human race. And there is inbreeding. ''A lot'' of inbreeding, though the effects of met head-on.

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* OnlyYouCanRepopulateMyRace: The entire future human race. And there is inbreeding. ''A lot'' of inbreeding, though the effects of are met head-on.
27th Nov '14 11:53:57 AM poi99
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* AntiClimax: Vonnegut actually goes so far as to point out which characters will die. Considering the novel takes place over about a million years, this is all of them. However, he also makes note of ''when'' characters die, and how soon in relation to the immediate plot, completely ruining the suspense.

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* AntiClimax: Vonnegut actually goes so far as to point out which characters will die. Considering the novel takes place over about a million years, this is all of them. However, he also makes note of ''when'' characters die, and how soon in relation to the immediate plot, completely ruining the suspense.plot.
18th Sep '14 1:37:54 AM white3agle510
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Mary, grief stricken, takes the flight to Ecuador to honor the commitment she made with her husband. Also attending the cruise are American con artist James Wait, Japanese inventor Zenji Hiroguchi and his pregnant wife Hisako, American financier Andrew MacIntosh and his blind daughter Selena, and an oddball assortment of other characters. Unfortunately for the passengers, the captain crashes the boat on the island after a storm and strands them there without much hope for rescue.

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Mary, grief stricken, takes the flight to Ecuador to honor the commitment she made with her husband. Also attending the cruise are American con artist James Wait, Japanese inventor Zenji Hiroguchi and his pregnant wife Hisako, American financier Andrew MacIntosh Macintosh and his blind daughter Selena, and an oddball assortment of other characters. Unfortunately for the passengers, the captain crashes the boat on the island after a storm and strands them there without much hope for rescue.
18th Sep '14 12:45:43 AM white3agle510
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''Galapagos'' is a 1985 satirical AfterTheEnd novel by KurtVonnegut.

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''Galapagos'' ''Galápagos'' is a 1985 satirical AfterTheEnd novel by KurtVonnegut.

----The story begins one million years in the past: 1986 A.D. Mary Hepburn and her husband Roy were supposed to attend the maiden voyage of the wildly publicized ''Bahía de Darwin,'' a cruise ship ("The Nature Cruise of the Century!") that takes tourists and sightseers to the famous Galápagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador. Unfortunately, Roy dies from a brain tumor shortly before the cruise. So it goes.

Mary, grief stricken, takes the flight to Ecuador to honor the commitment she made with her husband. Also attending the cruise are American con artist James Wait, Japanese inventor Zenji Hiroguchi and his pregnant wife Hisako, American financier Andrew MacIntosh and his blind daughter Selena, and an oddball assortment of other characters. Unfortunately for the passengers, the captain crashes the boat on the island after a storm and strands them there without much hope for rescue.

Following a series of events including a worldwide financial crisis, a disease which renders all humans on the planet (except the shipwrecked survivors) infertile, and a looming nuclear war, this group of mismatched tourists suddenly become the last fertile members of humanity, and thus the progenitors of a whole new and totally different human race.

This novel is Vonnegut's take on Darwin's theory of evolution, human nature, and other topics. The novel makes mention of the problems associated with "the oversized human brain," which Vonnegut argues as the source for a lot of humanity's problems (e.g. humans lie, cheat, and fight one another because their advanced brains give them the capacity to do so).



* UnreliableNarrator: The ghost telling the story frequently inserts his criticisms of his cast, as well as diatribes against the human brain. Of course, by telling the story at all, he exempts himself, as he's already dead.

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* UnreliableNarrator: The ghost telling the story frequently inserts his criticisms of his cast, as well as diatribes against the human brain. Of course, by telling the story at all, he exempts himself, as he's already dead.
17th Jan '14 9:10:25 AM 32_Footsteps
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* SterilityPlague: The bacteria that destroys the ovaries of every woman on Earth, except for the ones who make it to Galapagos.
24th Nov '13 4:40:01 PM JohnnyLurg
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* TheCameo: Dwayne Hoover, the main character of ''Literature/BreakfastOfChampions'', briefly turns up in a flashback when he hires a young James Wait to mow his lawn, which results in Wait having an affair with Hoover's wife and fathering her child.
8th May '13 12:51:56 AM Aquila89
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* DumbIsGood: According to the narrator, all the problems of the human race are caused by humans' oversized brains.
8th May '13 12:43:28 AM Aquila89
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* OhAndXDies: Characters who'll die soon are marked with an asterisk before their names.
26th Mar '13 2:59:58 AM DougSMachina
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* AdamAndEvePlot: Sort of... Just replace Adam with a drunk, racist sea captain and Eve with six pre-teen girls (the last of an isolated tribe from the rainforest) and a fur-covered teenager who looks like [[StarWars Chewbacca]], and then throw in a blind girl, a depressed Japanese woman, and a suicidal widower, and you've pretty much got the cast. Well... At least it tries to avoid HollywoodScience...

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* AdamAndEvePlot: Sort of... Just replace Adam with a drunk, racist sea captain and Eve with six pre-teen girls (the last of an isolated tribe from the rainforest) and a fur-covered teenager who looks like [[StarWars Chewbacca]], and then throw in a blind girl, a depressed Japanese woman, and a suicidal widower, and you've pretty much got the cast. Well... At least it tries to avoid HollywoodScience...HollywoodScience.



* OnlyYouCanRepopulateMyRace: The entire future human race. And there is inbreeding. ''A loooot'' of inbreeding. Averted somewhat in that the effects of such inbreeding are actually shown.

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* OnlyYouCanRepopulateMyRace: The entire future human race. And there is inbreeding. ''A loooot'' lot'' of inbreeding. Averted somewhat in that inbreeding, though the effects of such inbreeding are actually shown.met head-on.



* PosthumousNarration: The entire story is told by some guy (Leon Trout, the estranged son of Vonnegut's recurring character Kilgore Trout) who died during the construction of the ship that brought the original colonists to the islands.

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* PosthumousNarration: The entire story is told by some guy (Leon Trout, the Leon Trout (the estranged son of Vonnegut's recurring character [[AuthorAvatar Kilgore Trout) Trout]]) who died during the construction of the ship that brought the original colonists to the islands.
26th Mar '13 2:38:32 AM DougSMachina
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* AnachronicOrder: Vonnegut just ''loves'' this trope, doesn't he. The narrator will constantly throw out tidbits about what the future is like left and right.

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* AnachronicOrder: Vonnegut just ''loves'' this trope, doesn't he.trope. The narrator will constantly throw out tidbits about what the future is like left and right.
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