Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle

Paperback - 2010
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"A free-wheeling vehicle . . . an unforgettable ride!"-- The New York Times

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.

"[Vonnegut is] an unimitative and inimitable social satirist."-- Harper's Magazine

"Our finest black-humorist . . . We laugh in self-defense."-- Atlantic Monthly
Publisher: New York : Dial Press Trade Paperbacks, 2010.
Edition: Dial Press Trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780385333481
Characteristics: xiii, 287 p. ; 21 cm.


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StephanieOne Apr 17, 2019

It's a definite classic, one of the best from Vonnegut. When I first read it, I absolutely loved it. Reading it again after reading more of his work, though, not quite as much. the convergence of the ice-9 and the religion angle, plus the research stories leading up to the trip to the island all seem like they started out in Vonnegut's mind as three separate short stories, and he then tried to just throw them together. It's still a great book, just not as great in my mind as the first time I read it.

Jan 13, 2019

Probably Vonnegut’s best, it’s tempting to categorize this as a realistic yet affectionate view of humanity. How can I call this realistic? Of the book reviews on display, I couldn’t imagine reading any of them but one, much less the book. One supposes every other book published today is about Trump, not a one that isn’t deranged beyond redemption. At dusk the shapes rise and stagger thru the streets arms stretched out in front. “Trump,” they moan, “Trump!” They seek life but are too clumsy and senseless to find it. Perhaps “Cradle” is realistic by comparison with the foregoing. Not likely as such, but true just the same.

Jul 28, 2018

Funny, but very over rated. should have stuck more to the ice-9 angle. Similar to Alan dean Foster's metallic hydrogen in The Human Blend.

Jul 05, 2018

Super funny book! I highly recommend it.

Feb 12, 2018

This is a book that is truly made to make you think. It is made to change your thoughts that you may naturally have about other people. This book will take you on an adventure through mere words and the storytelling will keep you hooked. If you ever have time to sit and read though a book that will keep you thinking about even after you put it down-this is the book for you.

May 24, 2016

It was an interesting book

Apr 26, 2016

Such a humorous and great read. Vonnegut is a genius.

lavi_1 Jun 11, 2015

best book ever!

Jun 06, 2014

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

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.

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lavi_1 Jan 20, 2015

“Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before.”

Apr 24, 2014

"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."


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