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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.

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"[O]ne of the three best novels of the year by one of the most able living writers." Graham Greene

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"Vonnegut is George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer...a zany but moral mad scientist." Time

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"Vonnegut's most accomplished novel." Books and Bookman

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"A free-wheeling vehicle....An unforgettable ride!" The New York Times

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One of Vonnegut's major works, this is an apocalyptic tale of the planet's ultimate fate, featuring a cast of unlikely heroes.

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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.

 

About the Author

Kurt Vonnegut was a master of contemporary American literature. His black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America's attention in The Sirens of Titan in 1959 and established him as "a true artist" with Cat's Cradle in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene declared, "one of the best living American writers." Mr. Vonnegut passed away in April 2007.

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novacop923, April 13, 2012 (view all comments by novacop923)
He shoulda stayed in college!

There's no such thing as "ice nine," nor could there ever be; "Bokononism" isn't so much a half-baked Buddhism or Taoism as it is a smug excuse for pseudo-enlightened Westerners to laugh at others behind their back; Mona's probably the most "pedestalized" and least realistic woman character I've come across in literature of this pedigree; etc.

Take all the pretensions out (those listed above, and the wall-to-wall others) and the propulsive force of the novel ceases to exist. I read this in college and was underwhelmed, to say the least (at the Univ. of Chicago, I might add -- and, while the Common Core science requirements sure were hard, *I* didn't drop out and invent my OWN!). Only later did it dawn on me that the shared "smugness" was part of -- nay, the very CRUX -- of its "appeal."

Save your time & money. Read Pynchon's "V." -- published the same year -- instead, and you'll have so many "guns" in your psyche fired you'll be set for life!
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scittlezs, January 22, 2012 (view all comments by scittlezs)
I know that this book is not new to the world, but despite being a Vonnegut fan, this is one I didn't read until this year, and it is one of his best. Unfortunately, I spent most of the year reading books that turned out to be less than what I expected. So it was really refreshing to read Cat's Cradle and have it be not only a Vonnegut book that delivers, as promised, Vonnegut's witty, satirical take on life, but also a book that stands at the front of pack in terms of his best work.
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scittlezs, January 22, 2012 (view all comments by scittlezs)
I know that this book is not new to the world, but despite being a Vonnegut fan, this is one I didn't read until this year, and it is one of his best. Unfortunately, I spent most of the year reading books that turned out to be less than what I expected. So it was really refreshing to read Cat's Cradle and have it be not only a Vonnegut book that delivers, as promised, Vonnegut's witty, satirical take on life, but also a book that stands at the front of pack in terms of his best work.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385333481
Author:
Vonnegut, Kurt
Publisher:
Dial Press
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
End of the world
Subject:
Satire
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19980931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.27 x .64 in .5 lb

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Product details 304 pages Dial Press - English 9780385333481 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[O]ne of the three best novels of the year by one of the most able living writers."
"Review" by , "Vonnegut is George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer...a zany but moral mad scientist."
"Review" by , "Vonnegut's most accomplished novel."
"Review" by , "A free-wheeling vehicle....An unforgettable ride!"
"Synopsis" by , One of Vonnegut's major works, this is an apocalyptic tale of the planet's ultimate fate, featuring a cast of unlikely heroes.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

 

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