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Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Cat's Cradle (1963)

by Kurt Vonnegut

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It was a while since I last read a book by Vonnegut. He belongs to my early studentperiod. I can't say I really enjoyed this one (I bought it to read about 'granfallons' in the original formulation). But I recognized what made him special at that time. He's a pop Schopenhauer (Bokonon is like Schopenhauer's Buddhism: non-christian). Short chapters make easy reading for easily distracted teenagers. And there is his convivial, casual tone. I haven't read his biography, but his Dresden-experience, prominent in Slaughterhouse Five, returns here in slightly different form. In the beginning I also wondered who was first: Salinger with his Glass family or Vonnegut with his Hoenikkers, but later on the Hoenikkers recede to the background. In the Netherlands we have a 'media-historian', renowned for his unwillingness to give in to the demands of the mediaculture-demands (appearing with the same shabby clothes, aversive to hyping the now (he downplayed the historic significance of 9/11 when it happened). Vonnegut reminded me of him somewhat too. Vonnegut reads like a man constantly returning to his personal 'defining moment', the defining experience of his life. But his pessimism (with a humanistic touch to it, compassion with stupid mankind) is idiosyncratic, presupposed, not conveyed convincingly by the novel. It's more "Since the war Vonnegut has never been the same". Others have to deal with his hang up. ( )
  Gerard670 | Apr 18, 2014 |
This was a MUCH better story than the first book I read by the author, & I'm glad I took the chance on reading it. Without giving too much away, a journalist decides to write a book on a man who worked on the atom bomb. Through a strange series of events, he finds himself on the tiny island of San Lorenzo with an odd cast of characters. Bokonon is the "mad priest", who invented his own religion, & represents good. "Papa" is the island's king, emperor, dictator, ultimate ruler, what have you, & represents evil. The man who he originally wanted to write the book about has died, & the missing son has become the second in command of the ruler Papa. However, the scientist also experimented with freezing properties before he died, & created a rather vicious thing called ice nine. The properties of ice nine, as revealed in the book, are frightening, & seemed even more frightening to me because the transmission seems plausible when he describes it.

This book has more twists & turns in it's short cover to cover span than the Autobahn, & it's very entertaining reading as well.

Remember this phrase though, you'll see it pop up..."see the cat? See the cradle?" ( )
  Lisa.Johnson.James | Apr 10, 2014 |
A weird and wonderful read! The main character starts the story trying to write a book about the atom bomb and somehow along the way becomes president of a small island! Quite a tale! Throw in some ice-9 and it's a recipe for disaster! Crazy enough to make me want to become a Bokononist! "No damn cat, and no damn cradle." ( )
1 vote Stahl-Ricco | Jan 3, 2014 |
An unnamed narrator begins working on a book about one of the father's of the atomic bomb (in this case, a fictional person). In the course of doing so, he meets the man's three unusual children and uncovers an even more dangerous creation by the scientist.

This book was the first one by Vonnegut I've read, and I really enjoyed it. The short chapters and the tongue-in-cheek humor made it a very quick read. However, all that humor belied a very serious moral tale, which gives the reader plenty of food for thought after reading this book. I very much recommend it for fans of sci-fi and/or dark humor. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Dec 9, 2013 |
For many years this was my favorite book, but now as I have grown I wish this was written when Vonnegut was a little older. It is something very interesting and funny. While it is thought provoking it would be nice if the story wasn't so two-D. Many interesting visuals in this book. One of the few endings I like. ( )
  geniemagik | Dec 5, 2013 |
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"Cat's Cradle" is an irreverent and often highly entertaining fantasy concerning the playful irresponsibility of nuclear scientists. Like the best of contemporary satire, it is work of a far more engaging and meaningful order than the melodramatic tripe which most critics seem to consider "serious."

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Vonnegut, Kurtprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
House, JulianCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kapari, MarjattaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kunkel, BenjaminIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pelham, DavidCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Nothing in this book is true.
'Live by the foma* that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy.'
The Books of Bokonon. I:5
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For Kenneth Littauer

a man of gallantry and taste.
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Call me Jonah.
"No wonder kids grow up crazy. A cat's cradle is nothing but a bunch of X's between somebody's hands, and little kids look and look and look at all those X's..."
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Cat's Cradle, one of Vonnegut's most entertaining novels, is filled with scientists and G-men and even ordinary folks caught up in the game. These assorted characters chase each other around in search of the world's most important and dangerous substance, a new form of ice that freezes at room temperature. At one time, this novel could probably be found on the bookshelf of every college kid in America; it's still a fabulous read and a great place to start if you're young enough to have missed the first Vonnegut craze.

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