John is writing his memoirs. He started out to write a book about what important people were doing on the day the atomic bomb was dropped. While researching for his book, he spends a lot of time learning about Felix Hoenikker, the bomb's co-creator. When he travels to the island of San Lorenzo for work, he discovers all of the Hoenikker children already there. What luck! What follows is a crazy adventure that leads to the end of the world.
I'll be honest here. I don't get it. I generally love satire, I love end of the world novels, I love black humor. So why don't I get this book? I seriously closed the book after reading the last page, and said, "What did I just read?" It made absolutely no sense to me and I really didn't get it's point. I'm obviously missing something, because books don't get to be modern classics and taught in schools across the country for nothing. Even after reading expert opinions and editorials on why this book is so important and what makes it so special, I still just don't get it. I have a feeling I never will. I gave it 3 stars, because even though it left me scratching my head, it was well written and I could tell there was something deeper to it that I just haven't figured out. I would love to discuss it with someone who understands this book better, because I really do want to understand it. Or maybe Vonnegaut is just not for me.