Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Cat's Cradle: A Novel Paperback – September 8, 1998
|New from||Used from|
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
“A free-wheeling vehicle . . . an unforgettable ride!”—The New York Times
“[Vonnegut is] an unimitative and inimitable social satirist.”—Harper’s Magazine
“Our finest black-humorist . . . We laugh in self-defense.”—Atlantic Monthly
From the Inside Flap
One of Vonnegut's major works, this is an apocalyptic tale of the planet's ultimate fate, featuring a cast of unlikely heroes.
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The story follows a reporter named John. John wants to write a book Felix Hoennikker, who was one of the principle engineers of the atomic bomb. While investigating him, he meets many things: a new religion called Bokononism, a stone angel, a philosophical dwarf, a Hoosier, and a chemical more dangerous than the A-bomb itself.
Vonnegut spares no one in this volume, taking shots at scientists and the religious with equal fervor. Vonnegut writes some of the best absurd ism in literature, and anyone should be glad to read this. Enjoy.
Cat's Cradle is a story about the end of the world, but I promise you it is not like any apocalyptic story you have read. This is the kind of book that is stuffed with information to contemplate, while at the same time being totally skimmable. Essentially its the kind of books that goes fast, but has so much more to pick up on subsequent reads (I definitely plan to read it again). Cat's Cradle offers an interesting analysis of religion through Bokononism, in which believers maintain that they are all instruments of God's Will, whether they wish to be or not.
While the plot is entertaining and the ideas worth contemplating it was really Kurt's voice that propelled me through the story. Right from the beginning I latched onto his dry wit and rolled with it through to the end. As it happens, I really enjoyed it. Er, rather, as it was meant to happen.
See the cat? See the cradle?
In this hilarious satire, Kurt Vonnegut masterfully created a novel touching on the risks of technological advancements, political ambitions, the absurdities of religions, and how the entire human race could come to a destructive end in the hands of irresponsible, foolish, ignorant, and selfish people in positions of power. Sounds familiar? First published in 1963 and with brutal dark humor, this classic will make you think about the end of the world as you're laughing your pants off. Highly recommended!
Synopsis: The narrator John (or Jonah) sets out to write a book about what happened on the day America dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. He starts by looking into the life of one of the inventors of the atomic bomb, Dr. Felix Hoenikker. He begins by writing letters to his family and begins communicating with Hoenikker's youngest son, Newt. While he is investigating this family he discovers that the doctor also invented a substance he called ice-nine. Hoenikker's goal was to figure out a way to solidify mud so US Marines would not have to wade through it in battle. Ice-nine instantly turns all water to ice with a melting temperature of 140 degrees. Each of Hoenikker's three children are now in possession of a small piece of ice-nine. He runs into Newt on a plane while traveling to the island of San Lorenzo and is eventually introduced to the eldest son, Frank. It is though Frank that Jonah assume the roll of President of the island since the current President, "Papa" Monzano, is dying of cancer. In order to save himself the suffering of dying a slow and painful death "Papa" eats a small amount of the ice-nine, instantly turning himself to ice. As they are moving his body to a funeral pyre, part of him falls into the water and turns the oceans and all water in the world to ice, essentially destroying the world and almost all life with it.
My review: I read this book because one of my favorite authors, Michael Bunker, is releasing a fan fiction book based in this "world". This book to me was just okay, better than some of the Kurt Vonnegut I have read but I can see why someone would decide to write a fan fiction story based off this book. The possibilities are endless. Only the last few pages actually touch on the world in a post-apocalyptic state after the world has frozen over and all plant and wildlife has been killed off. There are an infinite number of stories that can spread from this point on. I wonder if Kurt wrote a sequel to this story, I would be interested to see his idea of the world after the book ends and his expansion or ideas of the end of the world from this point on. While I have not been a huge fan of Kurt Vonnegut's work, I do feel better that I have experienced his stories for myself and not just from the spoken or written word of others.
My rating: 6
Author website: [...]
Most recent customer reviews
But, they are beautiful lies so I’d read it again.