Cat's Cradle: A Novel

Kobo ebook | November 4, 2009

byKurt Vonnegut

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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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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...

The appeal of Kurt Vonnegut, especially to bright younger readers of the past few decades, may be attributed partly to the fact that he is one of the few writers who have successfully straddled the imaginary line between science-fiction/fantasy and "real literature." He was born in Indianapolis and attended Cornell University, but his ...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:November 4, 2009Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307567273

ISBN - 13:9780307567277

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Customer Reviews of Cat's Cradle: A Novel


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This is great book - funny, sad, and wise, just as all the best Vonnegut is. Essential reading.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vonnegut is a master! This was the first of Mr Vonnegut's books I read. He is certainly not subtle but the themes that he brings forward are complex and though-provoking. Not only does he challenge you, but he does so with humour and a surprising amount of heart. Very highly recommended.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic This hilarious and intelligent novel is one of V's best.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not overly memorable This is my first Vonnegut novel and it was funnier than I imagined it would be, but it was also somewhat forgettable. The concept reminded me of many Palahniuk novels, which is good, but the overall impact was a bit of a let down. I am also torn on the chapters being an average of only 2 pages each.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and original This book is well worth a read if you like what's bizarre and hilarious. One of Vonnegut's best.
Date published: 2015-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! This was my first Vonnegut book that I have read. In this book, Mr Vonnegut displays a creative and wacky style of writing. The marriage of science, technology, and religion makes this is a very interesting and fast read. This is a true classic and a must read.
Date published: 2014-08-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not my fave meh.. not a huge Vonnegut fan anymore but it at least kept me interested til the end.
Date published: 2014-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of Vonnegut's top five This one of Vonnegut's finest. This is the book I usually recommend when introducing Vonnegut to people.
Date published: 2014-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Never knew what i was missing! Vonnegut's work is something i plan to go through with a fine-toothed comb now, after reading my first one - Cat's Cradle. What an amazing thread of story telling - very creative - still after all these years..still very timely.
Date published: 2009-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun I read Cat's Cradle first because of its reputation, of course, and that of Kurt Vonnegut. I guess, it was after seeing too many Vonnegut's fans that I find it hard to give his book a miss. A super funny story of how the world ends in the hands of a bunch of idiotic characters. After all, aren't we more or less the same. Easy to read. A fun experience to learn about "Bokononism".
Date published: 2008-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Un-unified, Unified-ness! If you are looking for an incredible illustration of Vonnegut’s genius, a story that strays from its original outline, never returns, and yet thematically ties up every loose end before completion, then Cat’s Cradle is an excellent choice for you. In this story, Vonnegut’s protagonist begins to write about the actions of various people on the day that the atom bomb was dropped in a compilation that will be entitled The Day the World Ended. From here, the investigative reporter, John, meets a dwarf, a giant, travels to a fictitious island run by a dictatorship, and is awarded the position of President complete with his dream bride. The Day the World Ended is virtually abandoned. Absurdity ensues. And the answer to what people were doing the day the world ended is still, somehow, answered. Vonnegut’s satirical humour, creative wit, and un-unified unified-ness of plot, is unparalleled in Cat’s Cradle.
Date published: 2006-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perhaps His Best Work Cat’s Cradle is an epic tale, covering such broad topics as science, religion, and the apocalypse, all within the span of 240 pages. Vonnegut is one of the best storytellers of modern times, and this book shows it. Amidst harsh cynicism and cutting irony, an entire faux religion can be found, as well as a gripping plot and a refreshingly unique ending. First rate.
Date published: 2001-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Satire On Life Kurt Vonnegut's novel Cat's Cradle is an incrredible satire of all that is life. He pokes fun at relgion, politics, love, science, and society in general. Vonnegut's black humor is truely admirable. I would recomond this and any of his other books to anyone. But be warned once you read one you'll be hooked on his sence of humor and style of writing. Enjoy!
Date published: 2000-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this is no foma this is a book that forces you to examine fundamental issues that should be more important to us all. vonnegut expresses his opinions in a brisk and entertaining manner. there are no wasted words for me. everything is how it SHOULD be. he makes you think, which is in itself, a gift.
Date published: 2000-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I don't trust anyone who doesn't like KurtVonnegut Kurt Vonnegut is a super genius. This book is not only incrediblastic but wonderfurifical and if you don't read it you will regret it for as long as you live. I was once a young boy without much enthusiasm for literature or reading. Smoking cigarettes and wasting my time on videogames was more my racket at the time. Then one day I read Cat's Cradle, (after being motivated to read more by Tony Robbins, read my reviews of some of his books.) and it was pure joy. Had I not read such a fine book, which ushered me back into the world of literacy, I would likely be a no good bum (with dreams of making it in a bad grunge band) instead of a conteder which is what I am. God Bless You, Mr Vonnegut.
Date published: 2000-05-04