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Cat's Cradle: A Novel Paperback – September 8, 1998
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Cat's Cradle, one of Vonnegut's most entertaining novels, is filled with scientists and G-men and even ordinary folks caught up in the game. These assorted characters chase each other around in search of the world's most important and dangerous substance, a new form of ice that freezes at room temperature. At one time, this novel could probably be found on the bookshelf of every college kid in America; it's still a fabulous read and a great place to start if you're young enough to have missed the first Vonnegut craze. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Vonnegut's 1963 satirical science fiction novel still manages to pack a powerfully subversive punch. The new audio release offers listeners an excellent opportunity to connect—or reconnect—with a classic text whose thematic elements—nuclear terror, the complications of science, American imperialism, global capitalism and the role of religion in public life—are remarkably relevant to our 21st-century landscape. The story line centers on a young writer's quest to research the history of the atomic bomb, which leads to a bizarre political soap opera and apocalyptic showdown on the shores of a seedy banana republic in the Caribbean. Tony Roberts brings tremendous energy to his reading, projecting a sardonic tone perfectly suited to Vonnegut. His portrayals of the principal male figures sometimes take the form of interchangeable over-the-top carnival barkers, but given the essence of the material, such a unnuanced approach can be understood and appreciated. The audiobook includes a 2005 interview in which Vonnegut—who died April 11, 2007—discusses how his life shaped his literary craft. (Nov.)
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It is a quick read, few central characters and very short chapters. Some may be turned of by the superficiality that they may find in the style of the writing, but I find the distance from the characters a strength of the story as the deeper commentary is obviously what Vonnegut is aiming for in the story, the characters are vessel for that and are used very well as that for the most part.
There are parts to the story I think are less eloquently handled, I think the relationship between the 3 Hoenikker siblings are changed somewhat through the book, and there are some lose ends in that which I think could have been handled differently so I would not sit with that feeling.
To me this is not a Sci-Fi story, so readers who are not fans to that particular niche can (and should) read this one without having preset misgivings.
I recommend this book, it has not dated in it's base premise and can be read today 50 years after it was published without that being apparent. I do know that the review title is from the 'Cat's in the cradle' thus nothing to do with the novel I am reviewing.
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