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Cat's Cradle: A Novelby Kurt Vonnegut
Synopses & Reviews
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.
"In this mordant satire on religion, research, government, and human nature, a free-lance writer becomes the catalyst in a chain of events that unearths the secret of ice-nine. This is an element potentially more lethal than that produced by nuclear fission. The search leads to a mythical island, San Lorenzo, where the writer also discovers...
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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About the Author
Kurt Vonnegut is 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 is, as Graham Greene has declared, "one of the best living American writers".
Table of Contents
101: Like my predecessors, I outlaw Bokonon — 102: Enemies of freedom — 103: Medical opinion on the effects of a writers' strike — 104: Sulfathiazole — 105: Pain-killer — 106: What Bokononists say when they commit suicide — 107: Feast your eyes! — 108: Frank tells us what to do — 109: Frank defends himself — 110: Fourteenth book — 111: Time out — 112: Newt's mother's reticule — 113: History — 114: When I felt the bullet enter my heart — 115: As it happened — 116: Grand ah-whoom — 117: Sanctuary — 118: Iron maiden and the oubliette — 119: Mona thanks me — 120: To whom it may concern — 121: I am slow to answer — 122: Swiss family Robinson — 123: Of mice and men — 124: Frank's ant farm — 125: Tasmanians — 126: Soft pipes, play on — 127: End.
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