Do Not Resurrect

In a world where you never have to leave your home, is life still a highway?

In a world where you never have to leave your home, is life still a highway?

“Jesus–if Kilgore Trout could only write!” Rosewater exclaimed. He had a point: Kilgore Trout’s unpopularity was deserved. His prose was frightful. Only his ideas were good.”

-Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five

The Goodreads recommendation tab kept insisting that fans of this book would also enjoy a series of stories by Kurt Vonnegut, so I thought it appropriate to sum up this novel with a Vonnegut quotation.

Do Not Resurrect provides some very interesting premises but it reads as a Coles Notes summary of itself.  There are ideas there, but they are told, not demonstrated, and while those ideas might prove very interesting to some, I’m not entirely sure that they need a prose fiction story to accompany them.  If you’ve read Atlas Shrugged, you’ve encountered the infamous “John Galt Speech”:

If you haven’t, I recommend giving it a bit of a listen.  Keep in mind that not only does it go on for over 3 hours, but that it basically just summarizes what the point of the novel has been up until now.  If you end up giving up, know that you’re not alone; many people end up skipping it, and even those who don’t will admit that embedding a persuasive essay into your novel is a heavy-handed way of transmitting the crux of your novel.  Do Not Resurrect is like a number of John Galt speeches presented back to back, and if that’s your thing, then by all means read on, but if you’re looking for a character piece, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

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