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Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut 
24th-Sep-2006 11:59 pm
Hmm. I think I'll read at least one more Vonnegut book before moving on for now.

Vonnegut, Kurt. Cat's Cradle. 1963. New York: Dial Press, 2006.
Summary: While researching the life of one of the fathers of the atomic bomb Dr. Felix Hoenikker for a book, John Hoosier discovers that Dr. Hoenikker also invented a new type of ice before his death--a substance that a dictator of a minor Caribbean island nation uses to commit suicide and thus unwittingly unleashes on the planet, destroying virtually all life (except ants).
Comments: The world will end in fire or ice, huh? Obviously, Vonnegut is in favor of the ice option, in spite of widespread fear during the period this book was first published that it would be (nuclear) inferno. Way more interesting, however, than the apocalyptic sci-fi plot and the many bizarre characters involved in it was the invented and self-admitted fake religion of Bokononism and the way in which it intersects with the politics of San Lorenzo...though I feel that religion vs. state is not exactly how it tends to turns out. Just ask Marx. The earliest of Vonnegut's novels that I've read so far, it's also the least experimental and, perhaps, the least viscerally enjoyable of the bunch. Though of course the plot makes up for that in sheer weirdness--the author is more a satirist than a storyteller. Incidentally, this title also seems to predate his colorful cast of recurring characters.
Notes: trade paperback, 20th printing
Rating: 5/10 - Good for the fan but not essential. I would start elsewhere.

1st-Oct-2006 03:29 am (UTC)
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