Reader reviews for Cat's Cradle

I enjoyed reading this book! I didn't want to put it down once I started reading!
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I love this book. It's everything great about Kurt Vonnegut--desperate and funny.
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Vonnegut explores the absurdities of the human creature through a plot in which the world is destroyed by our own folly.
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So when did the modern novel take the wierd turn? Well, by "modern" I'm really thinking post-1950. You have Graeme Greene and George Orwell pumping out social commentary in a realist vein. Then along comes this absurdist tendency. Obviously I need to read some more...As for Cat's Cradle - yes, some clever stuff, some amusing stuff, even some profound stuff. I liked the narrator's initial reaction to seeing Mona's photo ("peace and plenty!") contrasted with the dippy-profound abstraction he finally pairs up with.But, overall, its hard to take such thinkly applied charicature seriously. It was an enjoyable and worthwhile read, but nothing on the profound and multi-layered experience of how novels can be written.
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A totally absurd book. I enjoyed every page!
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A light, easy to flip through book. The style is not particularly rich, but entertaining. The ideas are less so. I do not share the pessimism and fatalism expressed by the author.
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Really boring through most of the book, but keep plowing ahead. The last two pages or so make the whole thing worth it!
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This is probably the strangest book I have read in my (short) life. A slightly incoherent, sketchy, cartoonish, satirical, humourous and, perhaps above all, bleak novel about human stupidity in its various forms and its various consequences. Let's just say I wasn't expecting something quite so strange- satirical, humourous and bleak, yes, but not strange. Cat's Cradle is seemingly aimless for most of its length, going very slowly through the course of events so Vonnegut can take his time to have a go at a number of things- the irresponsibility of science, religion (I can't figure out if he is mocking religion for trying to ascribe meaning to the meaningless, or saying it's not as bad as science because its untruths are harmless, which I strongly disagree with), American capitalism and patriotism, American views of the third world and the Cold War. For much of the time I was reading it, it frustrated me, because of this seeming aimlessness. But having read more about what Vonnegut was trying to do, I've come to respect it more. The ending in particular is quite appropriate for all that had occurred up that point. It's still ultimately a somewhat irritating novel, mostly because the characters are, for the most part, profoundly annoying, and the (appropriate, in the end) sense of mediocrity that languishes over all the events. I can't say I really enjoyed reading it all that much, but it was at least very easy to read. I may read more Vonnegut in the future.
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An easy, compelling read. The Bokononist thoughts are intriguing and often reflective of how I tend to think of the world....only put much better.
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I bought this at an airport bookstore on a whim and enjoyed it immensely. Well written, slightly goofy, LOL a couple of times. This is how criticism can be really effective. Much better than hate speech.
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