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I stopped at page 175 and I have NEVER done that I never give up on books I start This book made me re think that practice Normally, even if I do not like a book, I can find something about it to keep me going but with Cat s Cradle I just had to quit I need to feel something curiousity, irritation, sadness, happiness, love, desire, anger, escapism, like I am learning something new, that I need the lesson this book is offering whatever I need to connect to the book, the story, the chara I stopped at page 175 and I have NEVER done that I never give up on books I start This book made me re think that practice Normally, even if I do not like a book, I can find something about it to keep me going but with Cat s Cradle I just had to quit I need to feel something curiousity, irritation, sadness, happiness, love, desire, anger, escapism, like I am learning something new, that I need the lesson this book is offering whatever I need to connect to the book, the story, the characters in some way With this book I felt nothing, nada, eh It was easy reading for sure but it seemed almost like it was a joke It reminded me of my junior high schools days when the teacher asked us to write stories and read them to the class You wrote hollow silly things that you thought sounded clever and exciting and then years later when you come across the story in a box of keepsakes you laugh at how stilted and basic it was I know, Vonnegut is suppose to be speaking to the issues of religion, science, humanity with irony and humour lots of people love this book I did not care about any of it, not even the Ice Nine that probably destroyed the world I don t know because I didn t finish the book I decided that to continue would be a waste of life essence The good thing I can say about this experience is that it made me realize that I don t have to finish a book there are probably as many reviews of Cat s Cradle as there are stars in the sky, so no doubt there s little i can add that s of any value who cares i love hearing myself talk, so let s go for it well, this is harder than i thought it s as easy as describing why i love my favorite pillow or threadbare t shirt, or why i like rainy days as much as sunny days okay, here goes the inventiveness of Cat s Cradle and its bleak, absurd humor was incredibly eye opening to me in high school and there are probably as many reviews of Cat s Cradle as there are stars in the sky, so no doubt there s little i can add that s of any value who cares i love hearing myself talk, so let s go for it well, this is harder than i thought it s as easy as describing why i love my favorite pillow or threadbare t shirt, or why i like rainy days as much as sunny days okay, here goes the inventiveness of Cat s Cradle and its bleak, absurd humor was incredibly eye opening to me in high school and it practically provided a template for how i looked at things in college, it was a joy to return to, particularly after the tedious nonsense foisted upon me in various classes well, in time, i grew to love all the tedious nonsense foisted upon me, but that was years later, and besides the point after college, it defined the outlook of almost everyone i knew around me, and i remember bothering folks to read it so that they could understand some of my references, or so that they could read their own worldview, in book form when i said things like impaled on a giant hook or i want to read your index , folks had no clue about what i was talking about i guess that s why i eventually stopped saying those phrases.and back to the book Cat s Cradle it has warmth and anger and wisdom and an almost naive kind of brashness at times i love that combo favorite character cynical young Philip Castle do gooder, sarcastic asshole, painter, owner of a hotel that scorns snobs and is therefore pretty empty i love you, Philip Castle my second fictional crush slash look, i see myselftype character Holden Caulfield came first and Donnie Darko eventually replaced you but you were the dreamiest I ve read this book four times It s better than the Bible, because unlike the Bible, this book knows it s fiction. Vonnegut s best Many will say that it is and who am I to disagree It does include all the best elements of Vonnegut in his genius humor, dark and subtle, and sometimes not subtle at all, irreverence, absurdity blended with realism to create a surrealistic setting where the reader is cautiously intrigued by whatever is going on And the messages and themes, of love, relationships, responsibility, both internally and globally Also, like several of hisendearing works, this one remains tho Vonnegut s best Many will say that it is and who am I to disagree It does include all the best elements of Vonnegut in his genius humor, dark and subtle, and sometimes not subtle at all, irreverence, absurdity blended with realism to create a surrealistic setting where the reader is cautiously intrigued by whatever is going on And the messages and themes, of love, relationships, responsibility, both internally and globally Also, like several of hisendearing works, this one remains thought provoking years after being read, a quasi morality play that the reader will revisit often and sometimes with little coaxing 2018 addendum it is a testament to great literature that a reader recalls the work years later and this is a book about which I frequently think The great takeaway from this one is not so much ice nine, although that is certainly memorable, but Bokonon and most specifically the beautiful Mona A treatise on Bokononism and its effect on SF since, both in its facial aspect as well as Vonnegut s use as a satire on religion could and should be explored 2019 re readThis was a bright star on my 2019 Vonnegut re reading EXTRAVAGANZA and it did not disappoint I first read this back in HS and several times in college and in the dark days before GoodReads Back then I thought it was hilarious and outrageous.While I still agree that it is one of his most outrageous works My vote for top of that list though is Slapstick and it is still funny, from my mid century vantage I know see that in some ways this is his most scathingly cynical and the humor is a way of cutting the toxicity, like Anthony Burgess use of the language Nadsat to minimize the ultra violence into a palatable offering Vonnegut was 41 when this was published, and I am now 50John is a disaffected but still na ve writer whose loss of his cat John Wick triggers his response to chronicle the human side of the creation of the atomic bomb Setting out to interview the family of Nobel prize winning physicist Felix Hoenikker, a principle researcher in that DYNAMITE Creation, John is led on a journey that winds up on the Caribbean island of San Lorenzo and a discovery of the playfully made up religion of Bokononism and also the end of the world.Felix creation of ICE NINE and of his absent minded professor innocence is a surgical tool in Vonnegut s able social commentary to discuss the deadly combination of na ve research and military purpose.Speaking of Burgess and his made up language, Vonnegut here tries his hand at an expansive dictionary with some words he would later use to describe his 1974 anthology Wampeters, Foma Granfalloons Another review in the KISS series Keep It Short, Steve In Anne Fadiman s superb book about books called Ex Libris, she divides readers into two categories those who keep their books in pristine condition courtly lovers and those who delight in marginalia carnal lovers I started out as one of the former conditioned, no doubt, by fear of library fines , but became one of the latter Cat s Cradle was my first prurient experience, dating back to high school Part of the reason was that I sna Another review in the KISS series Keep It Short, Steve In Anne Fadiman s superb book about books called Ex Libris, she divides readers into two categories those who keep their books in pristine condition courtly lovers and those who delight in marginalia carnal lovers I started out as one of the former conditioned, no doubt, by fear of library fines , but became one of the latter Cat s Cradle was my first prurient experience, dating back to high school Part of the reason was that I snagged my copy at a garage sale for a dime cheap even then But the real motivation was to highlight this great little rhyme Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly Man got to sit and wonder why, why, why Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land Man got to tell himself he understand That one deserved stars, a yellow marker, and the granddaddy of all desecrations a dog ear I liked how it was framed as such a natural conclusion to the activity of thinking We tell ourselves that our efforts to understand have paid off If I m honest, I don t recall much of the book s premise I remember thinking Vonnegut was one of those cool, sort of counter cultural writers who wielded his satirical axe well He may have been a bit darker than Tom Robbins, and less playful with his words, but he was similarly entertaining, incisive and free wheeling The book tracks the unusual offspring of the man who invented the A bomb They possess a substance called ice nine that can make water freeze at room temperatures And you can imagine what might happen if it fell into the wrong hands The Russians and Americans procured some as did the dictator of a secluded Caribbean island where a religion called Bokononism is practiced despite being illegal and, according to Bokonon himself, based on lies Still, anything that sells living by the harmless untruths that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy will have its appeal.Vonnegut would poke fun at religion, politics, and just about any other human institution where our base natures hide in some gussied up form And he may well have had a point If I remember this cautionary tale correctly, a follow up poem of my own might apply Monkey got to play, fish got to swim Man got to risk his life to some psycho s whim.Monkey got to doze, fish got to coast Man got to rest assured he won t become a ghost And it may give us pause 427 Cat s Cradle, Kurt VonnegutCat s Cradle is the fourth novel by American writer Kurt Vonnegut, first published in 1963 It explores issues of science, technology, and religion, satirizing the arms race and many other targets along the way After turning down his original thesis in 1947, the University of Chicago awarded Vonnegut his master s degree in anthropology in 1971 for Cat s Cradle At the opening of the book, the narrator, an everyman named John but calling himself Jonah , describes 427 Cat s Cradle, Kurt VonnegutCat s Cradle is the fourth novel by American writer Kurt Vonnegut, first published in 1963 It explores issues of science, technology, and religion, satirizing the arms race and many other targets along the way After turning down his original thesis in 1947, the University of Chicago awarded Vonnegut his master s degree in anthropology in 1971 for Cat s Cradle At the opening of the book, the narrator, an everyman named John but calling himself Jonah , describes a time when he was planning to write a book about what important Americans did on the day Hiroshima was bombed While researching this topic, John becomes involved with the children of Felix Hoenikker, a Nobel laureate physicist who helped develop the atomic bomb John travels to Ilium, New York, to interview the Hoenikker children and others for his book 2011 1383 406 1386 1392 1394 9789643691615 20 1383 375 9643800385 1963 1964 Hasty and jokey, Cat s Cradle begins as a satire about a journalist s attempt to investigate the life of one of the creators of the atomic bomb, but ends as a bleak allegory about the annihilation of life on earth Vonnegut s irreverent wit and straightforward prose make his work a useful gateway to adult fiction for teens, and this novel ranks amongst his best Adults who never encountered Vonnegut s books during their youth, by contrast, might find the book s pessimism or its hyper episodic st Hasty and jokey, Cat s Cradle begins as a satire about a journalist s attempt to investigate the life of one of the creators of the atomic bomb, but ends as a bleak allegory about the annihilation of life on earth Vonnegut s irreverent wit and straightforward prose make his work a useful gateway to adult fiction for teens, and this novel ranks amongst his best Adults who never encountered Vonnegut s books during their youth, by contrast, might find the book s pessimism or its hyper episodic structure to be a bit tedious I loved this book It turned out to be one of those easy to read stories that leave you thinking, and thinking, and thinking The science fiction aspect of the plot is not important at all It is the impact of power, knowledge and ritual on every single individual that made me want to restart reading it as soon as I finished I absolutely adore the creation of Bokononism and the development of a new language to suit the needs of the religion in the making Margaret Atwood s MaddAddam experiment I loved this book It turned out to be one of those easy to read stories that leave you thinking, and thinking, and thinking The science fiction aspect of the plot is not important at all It is the impact of power, knowledge and ritual on every single individual that made me want to restart reading it as soon as I finished I absolutely adore the creation of Bokononism and the development of a new language to suit the needs of the religion in the making Margaret Atwood s MaddAddam experiments with the same kind of post apocalyptic scenario and the never ending question of what humanity needs to survive Of course Vonnegut s vision is a lot darker than Atwood s Humanity wiped out completely on a whim, no hope of reproducing our species at all, the only question remaining is how to die and what symbol to carry in your hand to show the hated and hating creator above.The experience of being trapped in Dresden as an American prisoner of war during the bombing and destruction of the city might have formed the sense of absurdity that Vonnegut displays in his vision of mankind.To put it in Bokononist words the cruel paradox of the heartbreaking necessity of lying about reality combined with the heartbreaking impossibility of lying about it is at the center of the book Foma There are two voices inside my head Let s call them Lore and Enzo At the moment L E are quarreling on Cat s Cradle L Oh come on This book is wonderful Perhaps it s the best novel Vonnegut has ever written.E Are you kidding me Have you read the whole of it L Of course I ve read it from its first word to the very last one.E And haven t you noticed anything strange L What are you talking about E I mean, you know, it s a discontinuous novel I can t deny it has a great beginning, There are two voices inside my head Let s call them Lore and Enzo At the moment L E are quarreling on Cat s Cradle L Oh come on This book is wonderful Perhaps it s the best novel Vonnegut has ever written.E Are you kidding me Have you read the whole of it L Of course I ve read it from its first word to the very last one.E And haven t you noticed anything strange L What are you talking about E I mean, you know, it s a discontinuous novel I can t deny it has a great beginning, but it gradually loses its brightness reaching the end.L What Are you telling me you haven t appreciated the marvellous description of San Lorenzo island and so on E No, no The Banana Republic part is okbut look at the plot L What s wrong with the plot E Well..at first the narrator wants to write a book about this eccentric scientist who has planned the atomic bomb.L Yeah Go on.E And then he decides to interview one of the scientist sons But as soon as he meets Frank Hoenikker in San Lorenzo he seems to lose all his interest for him.L I disagree Have you forgotten Ice Nine E No, butL And what about Bokononism You can t deny that the concept and the teachings of this fake religion link every single chapter of the novel You can t say it s discontinuous while everything in it is so closely knit E That s a point of view Besides I haven t liked the structure of the novel More than one hundred chapters..L They re not chapters they relike episodes.E MmmhL I think you re not in my karass.E Karass Actually all that you join are granfalloons.L Foma Lies A pack of foma Shut up voices I need a boko maru right now Is there anyone who wants to share the soles of her feet Busy, busy, busy ^Free Book ☛ Cat's Cradle ☜ Told with deadpan humour and bitter irony, Kurt Vonnegut s cult tale of global destruction preys on our deepest fears of witnessing Armageddon and, worse still, surviving it Dr Felix Hoenikker, one of the founding fathers of the atomic bomb, has left a deadly legacy to the world For he s the inventor of ice nine , a lethal chemical capable of freezing the entire planet The search for its whereabouts leads to Hoenikker s three ecentric children, to a crazed dictator in the Caribbean, to madness Felix Hoenikker s Death Wish comes true when his last, fatal gift to humankind brings about the end, that for all of us, is 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