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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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Timoteo, October 4, 2011 (view all comments by Timoteo)
Mandatory reading material for my children.
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John Poitras, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by John Poitras)
This classic novel includes all the elements that makes Vonnegut unique and exciting; his black humor, satirical tone, and original ideologies and philosophical wisdom which entice us to continue reading and rereading his books.
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ISBN:
9780385333481
Author:
Vonnegut, Kurt
Publisher:
Dial Press
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
General
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Literary
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Classics
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Humorous Stories
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American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
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End of the world
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Satire
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Humorous fiction
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General Fiction
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Literature-A to Z
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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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