Monday, 2 October 2017

Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
First published in America in 1963. HarperAudio edition, narrated by Tony Roberts, published in 2007.

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How I got this book:
Bought the audiobook from Audible

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 dwarf 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 this century's most important works...and Vonnegut at his very best.

I'm sure that there's still more layers to this novel that passed me by, but I enjoyed its wicked humour and sharp observations of human behaviour. The storyline is wonderfully outlandish and I would be interested to know if the science of Ice Nine is even feasible? However, it is the calypsos of the Bokononist faith that I think will be the most memorable for me. The astute comments on religion, power, learning and life are so true.

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  1. I've only read Slaughterhouse Five by Vonnegut and I'm interested in reading his other books so I'm glad to hear you liked this! I thought Slaughterhouse Five was slightly strange and outlandish but reading your review, I'm thinking that's just his style in which case I'll embrace it with cautiously open arms :) Lovely review, Stephanie!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. Thank you Laura!
      I've got Slaughterhouse Five on audio too. Some horrific imagery in a powerful novel

  2. I haven't read this one. Like Laura I have only read Slaughter House 5 when I studied it in class. And although I did appreciate it's meaning and the deeper layers to the novel, it wasn't one for me. I am glad to hear that this one was so intriguing for you, and that you could enjoy its commentary on human nature.

    1. It's weird in places, but thought-provoking and often very funny