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Galápagos

by Kurt Vonnegut
New York: Dial Press, 1999. 336 pages.

"The thing was: One million years ago, back in 1986 A.D. ..." Thus begins Kurt Vonnegut's satirical look backwards at the future of human evolution, narrated by a ghost who tells the story of a group of vacationers stranded in the Galápagos when the apocalypse arrives. Their descendants subsequently evolve into a new species: furry, finned, fish-eating, and small of brain. "Vonnegut is a postmodern Mark Twain", writes the reviewer for The New York Times Book Review; "Galápagos is a madcap genealogical adventure."