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“A free-wheeling vehicle . . . an unforgettable ride!”—The New York Times 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 midget 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 the twentieth century’s most important works—and Vonnegut at his very best.“[Vonnegut is] an unimitative and inimitable social satirist.”—Harper’s Magazine “Our finest black-humorist . . . We laugh in self-defense.”—Atlantic Monthly
Random House Publishing Group
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"Cat's Cradle is a biting(ly cold) satire of Cold War-era society, which remains largely unchanged. It's laugh-out-loud funny at times, and silencingly sobering at times, often in the same paragraph. Chapters are sometimes as short as a paragraph. I think the longest is about two pages. It's an interesting structural choice that basically breaks the novel into punchlines. As a religious person, I don't love Vonnegut's takes on religion, but I'd also be foolish to expect an unreligious person to have a positive view of religion. What I will say is that the author's criticisms are very well-formed within his schema and are cleverly laid out and well-written as satirical musings. "
"Cross-posted from <a href="https://books.max-nova.com/cats-cradle">https://books.max-nova.com/cats-cradle</a><br/><br/>Cat's Cradle is satire of the most sulfuric potency. I laughed a few times, but mostly Vonnegut made me sad. His cynicism is complete and his wordcraft is devastating. Vonnegut sneers at the stupidity of the common man and leaves the reader feeling bemused but hopeless. He's a skillful writer, but this book borders on being mean-spirited. Cat's Cradle (1964) felt like a secular precursor of the Satanic Verses (1988) and Good Omens (1990)."
"******* hilarious. "
"For the people who love political commentary and progressive storylines "
Chris Angelo Marinas
"Wild, creation of a new religion"