Cat's Cradle

Vonnegut, Kurt

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Cat's Cradle
A young writer decides to interview the children of a scientist primarily responsible for the creation of the atomic bomb. This is an apocalyptic tale of the planet's ultimate fate, featuring a cast of unlikely heroes.

Publisher: New York : Dial Press Trade Paperbacks, 2010
Edition: 2010 Dial Press trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780385333481
Branch Call Number: FICTION VONNEGUT 2010
Characteristics: xiii, 287 p. ;,21 cm


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Jun 06, 2014
  • Eosos rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A slightly curious look at the consequences of irresponsible scientific research and a slightly more interesting look at the oddities of religion.

I couldn't even begin to care about the intended message of the story with all the annoying characters and odd plot devices. I was just not that interested in this book.

Apr 24, 2014
  • mcimaomo rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A great taste of early Vonnegut. There's a reason he himself graded the tale an A+, one of only two novels he deemed worthy of such a mark (the other being "Slaughterhouse-Five"). The story flows inevitability towards apocalypse, but is filled with enough humor to make the journey an entertaining trip to oblivion.

Oct 30, 2013
  • ukiuq rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Hilarious book. It might have been written in the 60s, but it has aged very well.

Sep 21, 2013
  • franzkafka rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Kurt Vonnegut - 'nuf said.

Jun 15, 2013
  • JCLBeckyC rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Vonnegut was awarded his master's degree in anthropology from the University of Chicago for this novel. The fact that a work of science fiction is acceptable as a thesis in the study of anthropology--the study of humanity itself--tells you a lot about this masterpiece. I didn't think I liked Science Fiction, but this book changed my mind.

May 17, 2010
  • lisahiggs rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Why is this book on the Modern Library’s list of the top 100 English-language novels of the 20th century? I guess because it is really funny in an extremely clever way with a cast of supremely witty characters whose collective existence demonstrates how completely ridiculous – and hilarious – the modern human experience is. Other than that, I don’t know.


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Jan 20, 2015
  • lavi_1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before.”

Apr 24, 2014
  • mcimaomo rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"People have to talk about something just to keep their voice boxes in working order, so they'll have good voice boxes in case there's ever anything really meaningful to say."


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Oct 30, 2013
  • ukiuq rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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