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Cat's Cradle

Vonnegut, Kurt (Book - 1998 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Cat's Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut's satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet's ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist, a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer, and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat's Cradle is one of the twentieth century's most important works--and Vonnegut at his very best.
Authors: Vonnegut, Kurt
Title: Cat's cradle
Publisher: New York : Delta Trade Paperbacks, 1998, c1963.
Characteristics: 287 p. ;,21 cm.
Notes: Originally published: New York : Delacorte Press, 1963.
Local Note: 1 6 8 9 15 16 23 27 60 78 109 112 118 129 133 143 148 152 153 167 172 173 182 188 198 203 210 216 222 224 242 243 244 245 263
Also available as an eBook (Rosetta Books)
Alternate Title: Cat's cradle (eBook)
ISBN: 9780385333481
038533348X
Statement of Responsibility: Kurt Vonnegut
Genre/Form: Humorous stories-1998.
Science fiction-1998.
Satire-1998.
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Jun 06, 2014
  • Eosos rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A slightly curious look at the consequences of irresponsible scientific research and a slightly more interesting look at the oddities of religion.

I couldn't even begin to care about the intended message of the story with all the annoying characters and odd plot devices. I was just not that interested in this book.

Apr 24, 2014
  • mcimaomo rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A great taste of early Vonnegut. There's a reason he himself graded the tale an A+, one of only two novels he deemed worthy of such a mark (the other being "Slaughterhouse-Five"). The story flows inevitability towards apocalypse, but is filled with enough humor to make the journey an entertaining trip to oblivion.

Oct 30, 2013
  • ukiuq rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Hilarious book. It might have been written in the 60s, but it has aged very well.

Sep 21, 2013
  • franzkafka rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Kurt Vonnegut - 'nuf said.

Jun 15, 2013
  • JCLBeckyC rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Vonnegut was awarded his master's degree in anthropology from the University of Chicago for this novel. The fact that a work of science fiction is acceptable as a thesis in the study of anthropology--the study of humanity itself--tells you a lot about this masterpiece. I didn't think I liked Science Fiction, but this book changed my mind.

Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A strange yet entertaining book about the hollow lies of religion, the callousness of science, and the general absurdity of human life. Also, ice-nine kills.

May 17, 2010
  • lisahiggs rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Why is this book on the Modern Library’s list of the top 100 English-language novels of the 20th century? I guess because it is really funny in an extremely clever way with a cast of supremely witty characters whose collective existence demonstrates how completely ridiculous – and hilarious – the modern human experience is. Other than that, I don’t know.

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Oct 30, 2013
  • ukiuq rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

ukiuq thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Apr 24, 2014
  • mcimaomo rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"People have to talk about something just to keep their voice boxes in working order, so they'll have good voice boxes in case there's ever anything really meaningful to say."

Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The first sentence in "The Books of Bokonon" is this: "All of the true things I am about to tell you are shameless lies." My Bokononist warning is this: Anyone unable to understand how a useful religion can be founded on lies will not understand this book either. So be it.

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