Cat's Cradle

Cat s Cradle Told with deadpan humour bitter irony Kurt Vonnegut s cult tale of global destruction preys on our deepest fears of witnessing Armageddon worse still surviving it Dr Felix Hoenikker one of the fo

Told with deadpan humour bitter irony, Kurt Vonnegut s cult tale of global destruction preys on our deepest fears of witnessing Armageddon , worse still, surviving it Dr Felix Hoenikker, one of the founding fathers of the atomic bomb, has left a deadly legacy to the world For he s the inventor of ice nine , a lethal chemical capable of freezing the entireTold with deadpan humour bitter irony, Kurt Vonnegut s cult tale of global destruction preys on our deepest fears of witnessing Armageddon , worse still, surviving it Dr Felix Hoenikker, one of the founding fathers of the atomic bomb, has left a deadly legacy to the world For he s the inventor of ice nine , a lethal chemical capable of freezing the entire planet The search for its whereabouts leads to Hoenikker s three ecentric children, to a crazed dictator in the Caribbean, to madness Felix Hoenikker s Death Wish comes true when his last, fatal gift to humankind brings about the end, that for all of us, is nigh

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  1. Kurt Vonnegut, Junior was an American novelist, satirist, and most recently, graphic artist He was recognized as New York State Author for 2001 2003 He was born in Indianapolis, later the setting for many of his novels He attended Cornell University from 1941 to 1943, where he wrote a column for the student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journalist before joining the U.S Army and serving in World War II After the war, he attended University of Chicago as a graduate student in anthropology and also worked as a police reporter at the City News Bureau of Chicago He left Chicago to work in Schenectady, New York in public relations for General Electric He attributed his unadorned writing style to his reporting work His experiences as an advance scout in the Battle of the Bulge, and in particular his witnessing of the bombing of Dresden, Germany whilst a prisoner of war, would inform much of his work This event would also form the core of his most famous work, Slaughterhouse Five, the book which would make him a millionaire This acerbic 200 page book is what most people mean when they describe a work as Vonnegutian in scope Vonnegut was a self proclaimed humanist and socialist influenced by the style of Indiana s own Eugene V Debs and a lifelong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union.The novelist is known for works blending satire, black comedy and science fiction, such as Slaughterhouse Five 1969 , Cat s Cradle 1963 , and Breakfast of Champions 1973

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  1. There are two voices inside my head Let s call them Lore and Enzo At the moment L E are quarreling on Cat s Cradle L Oh come on This book is wonderful Perhaps it s the best novel Vonnegut has ever written.E Are you kidding me Have you read the whole of it L Of course I ve read it from its first word to the very last one.E And haven t you noticed anything strange L What are you talking about E I mean, you know, it s a discontinuous novel I can t deny it has a great beginning, but it gradually los [...]

  2. Most people have read Cat s Cradle, so I won t bother to try and hide spoilers Did you say you hadn t read it Well, what are you waiting for This isn t Ulysses, you know, it s short and funny So, now that it s just us people who know the book, I want to say why I disagree with the criticism you often see, that it s too fragmentary On the contrary, I think it s very focused, and makes its point with near perfect economy and wit There are two obvious themes One is how the irresponsible use of scie [...]

  3. I ve read this book four times It s better than the Bible, because unlike the Bible, this book knows it s fiction.

  4. there are probably as many reviews of Cat s Cradle as there are stars in the sky, so no doubt there s little i can add that s of any value who cares i love hearing myself talk, so let s go for it well, this is harder than i thought it s as easy as describing why i love my favorite pillow or threadbare t shirt, or why i like rainy days as much as sunny days okay, here goes the inventiveness of Cat s Cradle and its bleak, absurd humor was incredibly eye opening to me in high school and it practica [...]

  5. Another review in the KISS series Keep It Short, Steve In Anne Fadiman s superb book about books called Ex Libris, she divides readers into two categories those who keep their books in pristine condition courtly lovers and those who delight in marginalia carnal lovers I started out as one of the former conditioned, no doubt, by fear of library fines , but became one of the latter Cat s Cradle was my first prurient experience, dating back to high school Part of the reason was that I snagged my co [...]

  6. Vonnegut s best Many will say that it is and who am I to disagree It does include all the best elements of Vonnegut in his genius humor, dark and subtle, and sometimes not subtle at all, irreverence, absurdity blended with realism to create a surrealistic setting where the reader is cautiously intrigued by whatever is going on And the messages and themes, of love, relationships, responsibility, both internally and globally Also, like several of his endearing works, this one remains thought prov [...]

  7. I loved this book It turned out to be one of those easy to read stories that leave you thinking, and thinking, and thinking The science fiction aspect of the plot is not important at all It is the impact of power, knowledge and ritual on every single individual that made me want to restart reading it as soon as I finished I absolutely adore the creation of Bokononism and the development of a new language to suit the needs of the religion in the making.Margaret Atwood s MaddAddam experiments with [...]

  8. A group read with the following wonderful people Ashley and Erin Please let me know if I missed somebody.Before I start talking about the plot let me give you a piece of advice If after you finish reading this one the first question that comes to your mind would be , WTF did I just read it is perfectly normal and common You can imagine now how easy is it to discuss the plot Anyhow, Dr Felix Hoenikker happened to be one of the founding fathers of the atomic bomb The MC named John whose name comes [...]

  9. When he embarks on a project to write a book about the creators of the atomic bomb, Jonah has no idea what he s going to unearth Dr Felix Hoenikker and Ice Nine, a substance that will instantly freeze any water it comes into contact with into Ice Nine, a substance capable of destroying all life on earth Can Jonah find the missing Hoenikker children and secure their chips of Ice Nine to safeguard the world Here we are, my second experience with Kurt Vonnegut and one of his Big Important Books Th [...]

  10. Cat s Cradle Vonnegut s String GameCat s Cradle, First Edition,Holt, Rinehart and WinstonPublished in 1963, Cat s Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut s fourth novel I consider it one of the great satirical works of the 20th Century Often referred to as a modern Mark Twain, Vonnegut s view of American society fully embraces a society and its group values, while Twain s targets for his biting wit were specifically aimed, although with the same verve and joy in the revelation of the foibles of life.Kurt Vonn [...]

  11. Nothing in this review is true.As much as I enjoy reading Vonnegut, one of the nagging little doubts I always have is that I m missing something That there s a hidden message in there that I m not picking up on Or, on the other hand, that I am picking up messages that just aren t there.Which is, perhaps, the point of the whole book.The world is full of lies Good lies, bad lies and indifferent lies, but lies nonetheless, and we pick and choose the lies that make our lives happiest The lie that we [...]

  12. This was a difficult re read In the flush of youth, when I first read it at my cynical, pessimistic and arrogant peak , every line spoke to me Now, I am amazed at how flimsy the story, and how brittle and bleak but oh so deeply entrenched is the cynicism I don t remember it that way Today, it made me deeply, almost unbearably sad to think that the world that I felt so aligned with the dominant worldview of this novel It still speaks to me, but it says different things.I haven t re read Slaughter [...]

  13. r the quotation captured in a couplet the cruel paradox of Bakononist thought, the heartbreaking necessity about lying about reality, and the heartbreaking impossibility of lying about it.Midget, midget, midget, how he struts and winks,For he knows a man s as big as what he hopes and thinks Kurt Vonnegut, Cat s CradleI first read this in 9th grade The grade my two kids are right now Life has a way of making you feel both old and insignificant When I first read this book I was focused on the tech [...]

  14. I stopped at page 175 and I have NEVER done that I never give up on books I start This book made me re think that practice Normally, even if I do not like a book, I can find something about it to keep me going but with Cat s Cradle I just had to quit I need to feel something curiousity, irritation, sadness, happiness, love, desire, anger, escapism, like I am learning something new, that I need the lesson this book is offering whatever I need to connect to the book, the story, the characters in s [...]

  15. 427 Cat s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut 1383 406 1386 1392 1394 9789643691615 20 1383 375 9643800385 1963 1964

  16. What is it about Vonnegut s authorial voice It s simultaneously wry and tender, sarcastic and gentle I don t know of any other authors that can manage that particular combination And here, writing about the end of the world in so many different ways, it is on full display Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

  17. Think what a paradise this world would be if men were kind and wise.In 1963, when this book first came out, the world was still unclenching after the Cuban Missile Crisis The nervy terror beneath the posturing of the Cold War is writ large here, and in cartoon colours indeed the very name of the Cold War finds a deadly literality in Vonnegut s ice nine , the chemical compound that will destroy all life on earth Vonnegut s tone a desperate hilarity which, I think, reflects real fear has something [...]

  18. Live by the harmless untruths that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy Vonnegut s Slaughterhouse Five, one of the great anti war novels of all time, is based on Vonnegut s own experience as a soldier during WWII in the bombing and destruction of Dresden The book is darkly funny, veering into science speculative fiction, but underneath it all is barely contained rage and despair at the stupidity of the human race, especially with respect to the conduct of war and the destruction of civi [...]

  19. I struggled a bit with this one Kurt Vonnegut s writing is always a little unusual but this book seemed to be excessively disjointed and rambling I felt my brain wandering off into interesting thoughts and had to keep rereading bits Keeping track of all the characters names was hard too Not a successful read for me I am afraid.

  20. Originally published as Cat s Cradle.John had only wanted to write an account of the day the atomic bomb had dropped over Hiroshima He had been diligently gathering data for it, even going so far as contacting the chief scientist s youngest son And what a story that avenue had revealed But that had been 2 wives, 250,000 cigarettes, 3,000 quarts of booze and a different religion ago He s a Bokononist now A much sarcastic, realistic sounding, but also a shameless lie of a religion The perfect one [...]

  21. The best way to cure Reader s Block is to reread authors whose works induce chest pains of happiness in one s chest, so I did this with Mr Vonnegut this afternoon Sadly, upon rereading Cat s Cradle, which I first tackled in 2007 at the summit of Arthur s Seat as a love drunk twenty year old starting to lick the world s honeyest creases after a period of long term depression, I was disappointed than delighted I suspect this book is read largely in one s teens when confronting the vast nothingne [...]

  22. Although I found the ending rather abrupt, I thought this was a fantastic book The style of short chapters was unusual but fit well with the narration.The story is told from the point of view of a writer John or Jonah who has converted from Christianity to Bokononism and is attempting to write a book about the day the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima He meets many weird characters or members of his karass along the way and describes among other things, his journey to Bokononism I thought the [...]

  23. Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly Man got to sit and wonder why, why, why Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land Man got to tell himself he understand You must have already come across this quote somewhere I m sure But if not, then come, let s bask in the glory of its supercalifragilisticexpialidocious D wisdom After reading my second Vonnegut, I could only fathom one feeling for us humans in this vast unending universe Pity Don t these lines elucidate just how miserable we really are How there s [...]

  24. 4.5 starsRather funny and biting satire on religion, politics and the possibility of humanity managing to destroy the world written at about the time of the Cuban missile crisis It is narrated by John, who is also the main protagonist There is a Moby Dick reference right at the beginning when John says Call me Jonah.John is writing a book about what famous Americans did on the day the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima He is interested in Dr Felix Hoenikker who had been involved in the development of [...]

  25. Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before Another strange buddy read with Ashley, Evgeny, Christopher and anyone else brave enough to participate.Um Good sort of , but weird, and not always good weird Blending science and morality, religion with warning, weapons and the man s desire to create and destroy, it s a powerful satirical novel that works in some levels and loses me on others Nothing new for me, I m sad to say Damn impatience [...]

  26. Kada je postalo jasno da nikakva reforma vlade i gospodarstva ne e pomo i toj zemlji da se izvu e iz jada, religija je postala jedino oru e nade.Istina je bila neprijatelj naroda jer je istina bila tako grozna, pa je zato Bokonon preuzeo na sebe zadatak da ljude po ne zavaravati sve boljim i boljim la ima.Ovaj citat mi je odmah upao u oko, jer kao da opisuje na u banana republiku i na e politi are koji su o ito predani bokononisti.Godinu dana prije izlaska knjige, dakle, 1962 bila je Kubanska ra [...]

  27. Apocalyptic sci fi utopia revolving around ice nine side effect of developing nuclear bombs , with lots of religious philosophy Bokonism , i.e that people need the reassurance of beliefs regardless of whether they are true or not which they aren t.Note to self Before rereading, read Manny s review review show Dictionary of Bokonism bernd.wechnerfo Bokononism Including boko maru The mingling of awareness A Bokononist ritual during which two people press the soles of their bare feet together Bokon [...]

  28. Maybe satires aren t my thing But wait a second If that were true, then I wouldn t have enjoyed Slaughterhouse Five, which is at least partly a satire, and I pretty much loved Slaughterhouse Five So I m going to chalk Cat s Cradle up to being a bit too odd Scratch that it s a lot odd To me at least Can t forget the to me part, because a whole lot of people have rated it 4 stars Therefore, don t take my opinion too seriously I thought that Cat s Cradle finished on a high The whole middle was what [...]

  29. Pitam se za to nisam ranije uzeo ovu knjigu u ruke Jedina uslovno re eno ozbiljna knjiga koja me je do sada ovoliko zabavila i iznenadila je naravno Pin onov roman Objava broja 49 Ovaj Vonegatov roman apsolutno mo e da parira Pin onovom, ali da odmah budem jasan, ne mogu da se odlu im koji od ova dva romana vi e volim DAko bi trebalo sa eti ovaj roman u nekoliko re i mislim da bi pohvala ljudskoj gluposti bio sasvim adekvatan tagline Na ovih dvestotinjak stranica, Vonegat nam pripoveda o jednoj [...]

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