By: Kurt Vonnegut
"Call me Jonah. My parents did, or nearly did. They called me John. Jonah – John - if I had been a Sam, I would have been a Jonah still, not because I have been unlucky for others, but because somebody or something has compelled me to be certain places at certain times, without fail."
This is the first paragraph in the book and it is also the most important. It tells us so much about how the rest of the book is going to go. Jonah feels like everything that happened was meant to happen and that he was supposed to be a part of it. He calls himself Jonah because he strongly believes that somebody was influencing him on a larger scale.