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A critical overview of the work features the writings of Terry Southern William S Doxey Jerome Klinkowitz Richard Giannone John L Simons James Lunduist and other scholars After the bomb Dad came up with ice Terry Southern Vonnegut's Cat's cradle William S Doxey The private person as public figure Jerome Klinkowitz Cat's cradle Richard Giannone Tangled up in you a playful reading of Cat's cradle John L Simons From formula toward experiment Cat's cradle and God bless you Mr Rosewater Jerome Klinkowitz Playful genesis and dark revelation in Cat's cradle Leonard Mustazza Bokononism as a structure of ironies Zoltan Ab di Nagy Mother night Cat's cradle and The crimes of our time Jerome Klinkowitz Vonnegut's invented religions as sense making systems Peter Freese Icy solitude magic and violence in Macondo and San Lorenzo Wendy B Faris Vonnegut's cosmos David H Goldsmith Cosmic irony James Lunduist Cat's cradle Jonah and the whale Lawrence R Broer Hurting 'til it laughs the painful comic science fiction stories of Kurt Vonnegut Peter J Reed The paradox of awareness and language in Vonnegut's fiction Loree Rackstraw

10 thoughts on “Kurt Vonnegut's Cat Cradle

  1. says:

    In the book “Cats Cradle” Kurt Vonnegut uses discreet humor irony and his own made up religion Bokononism to illustrate how science is both helpful and harming His writing can be confusing to young readers considering his complex references I ended the book with the realization that a crazy idea formed by a capable and credited person can have the power to demolish the aspects of life as we look at it The narrorator of the book John is in the process of writing a book titled The Day the World Ended This book is about the day the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and in order to write it John needs to do research on Felix Hoenikker who was one of the scientist involved with the atomic bomb This book really made realize how though science is extremely helpful credible and has advanced society in many ways it also has been used to its advantage to cause the worst days in history The narrator's perspective is what reveals the cruelty that has been done through the knowledge of science This book would be favored by those who enjoy the different directions that science can go along with authentic humor and strong writing by remarkable Kurt Vonnegut

  2. says:

    The book starts with John the main character researching about what Americans where doing when the atomic bomb was dropped on Japan While researching this topic John becomes involved with the children of Felix HoenikkerJohn travels to Ilium New York to interview the Hoenikker children and others for his book In Ilium John meets among others Dr Asa Breed who was the supervisor on paper of Felix Hoenikker As the novel continues John learns of a substance called ice nine created by the late Hoenikker and is now secretly in the possession of his children Ice nine is an alternative structure of water that is solid at room temperature When a crystal of ice nine contacts liuid water it becomes a seed crystal that makes the molecules of liuid water arrange themselves into the solid form ice nine John and the Hoenikker children eventually end up on the fictional Caribbean island of San Lorenzo one of the poorest countries on Earth The dictator thratens oppostion with impalemnt on a giant hook John explore the island and discovers a cryptic society To find out what john finds on the island you have to read the book I found this book very interesting and enjoyable although I thought the book was confusing and hard to read I would recommend this book to fans of Kurt Vonnegut This is a difficult book to read and hard to understand and the book also uses many made up words

  3. says:

    Kurt Vonnegut is my favorite author and this book is probably the reason behind that I share many of the same world views as Vonnegut and his satirical writing style is one I try to imitate In Cat's Cradle Vonnegut brings to light world issues such as religion science and politics and ties them into an apocalyptic theme This idea of an apocalypse in what form it will happen and how humans will react to it is one of my favorite things to read and write about I feel that Vonnegut does a spectacular job of turning it into something humans bring upon themselves by taking science too far and how they either turn to religion as a reason to accept death or allow their survival instincts to take over By making this book a dark comedy Vonnegut makes his ideas potent

  4. says:

    25 StarsI both know and don't know what I just read

  5. says:

    Cat’s Cradle is a 1963 novella written by acclaimed satirist and author Kurt Vonnegut Vonnegut a veteran of the Second World War and researcher at General Electric drew upon the experiences of horror monotony and hope to write many of his works Cat’s Cradle is what he considered to be his masterpiece a humorous nihilistic and depressing statement about the world and its values during the Cold War The novella highlights the issues surrounding organized religion and the nuclear Arms Race In typical Vonnegut style the book opens with the narrator telling the speaker to call him a certain way an obvious poke at Herman Melville’s Moby Dick “Jonah” states that his story begins with writing a book about what various American families were doing at the time the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima uickly the tone of a lighthearted jab at a famous author shifts to the destruction of an entire city and the start of an era of fear Throughout the book Vonnegut continues to tell the story in the same way in order to associate death and destruction with humor Jonah’s investigations lead him to Dr Hoenikker a Manhattan Project scientist and father of several gifted children By talking with his daughter Jonah discovers Hoenikker had been working on a substance that would freeze liuid to allow troops to move across mud much easily The way this information is delivered greatly understates the destructive capabilities Vonnegut introduces the substance “Ice Nine” as an analogy to the era’s ever present threat of nuclear warfare Jonah travels to the tiny island of San Lorenzo in the Caribbean where he heard that one of Hoenikker’s sons is about to become leader of the island San Lorenzo is also home of Bokononism a strange religion adhering to the tenants of lies and apathy that is outlawed by the island’s military junta Bokononism is perhaps Cat’s Cradle’s best comment on society The central points lie in pretending there is a deeper meaning to life to achieve a deeper meaning to life a vicious critiue on organized religion as a whole Because it is outlawed the religion is highlighted as a kind of “apple of Eden” for the poor and ignorant island residents to take in order to achieve happiness In short the visit to San Lorenzo ends in disaster Ice nine is released into the world’s oceans and life ends uietly with a God indifferent to humanity's extinction A funny bleak but ultimately moral tale about human flaws Cat's Cradle is easily one of my favorite books455

  6. says:

    I don not usually LIKE books of criticism books by critics or the nature of criticism in general Sometimes the search for meaning in books like this is inflated by bogus intellectual constructions which have little bearing on the author's meaning But of course all books are different and this one was actually enjoyable although there are many instances of the same passages from Vonnegut repeated through and through in different essays appearing hereI was turned on by Vonnegut in 1969 when I grabbed a copy of Cat's Cradle off the shelf behind my English teacher's desk thanks Ms Nelson her personal reading shelf and borrowed it for a week I was blown away in the first instance to finally have found the source for the name of the Grateful Dead's publishing company Ice Nine Music Ice nine being Vonnegut's end of the world inventiontoy or rather that of Dr Felix Hoenneker one of the prime characters of the novel I had heard a lot about KV being a science fiction writer but this turned out to be a very different type of science fiction Minimalist satirical humoristic I ended up using Vonnegut's techniue or rather my own variation on it for a number of shorts I wrote between 14 and 17 none of which survive However much of the approach has stuck with me and Cat's Cradle is I think still Vonnegut's best next to Slaughterhouse FiveThis book is good not only for some of the insights again many do get repeated into the plots and ideas central to Vonnegut's ouerve but just as straight story boards of them as well Some of those books I read so long ago I had forgotten the primary lines of their plots So it ends up being or less a book ABOUT all of Vonnegut's books at least those up until this publication and it does so in a way such as to inflame new interest on my part in going back and checking out what I might have missed in books like Breakfast of Champions Player Piano etc all in all despite the repetitiousness in citing relevant passages this was a enjoyable way to spend a week or two read mostly on short breaks before and after work

  7. says:

    As usual Vonnegut has provided a thought provoking commentary on humanity and a possible avenue of its future I found his use of religion and discussion of very interesting and thought provoking in my own life It caused me to really reflect on why I believe what I do and how that affects my way of life I think this book is also skilled in addressing and identifying ways that religion functions in society for better or for worse I love the way Vonnegut writes a fictitious story in which one could easily gloss over main points and big ideas if you're not paying attention It keeps me engage in Vonnegut's side thoughts and ensures that I'm thinking critically throughout the book Another great read

  8. says:

    One of Vonnegut's early and really brilliant works I know that when reading it one might think the author disillusioned but the construct of using a made up religion to lampoon the trivial nature of human things is genius It could stand purely on its honesty and self effacing humour in that regard You see the plot through the eyes of an author and satire spins to black humour to sci fi to politics and finally raw relentless humanity

  9. says:

    I remember it as enjoyable and different and part of my reuired reading Vonnegut was a writer in residence at my college for a while and when I met him he was totally not who I expected This was one of the classics though I would need to re read it And so it goes

  10. says:

    This was my first time reading a work of Vonnegut The book leaned into the absurd I enjoyed how stylized it was; I don't think I've read anything like it But just like looking into a cat's cradle 'No damn cat and no damn cradle’ pg 166The sentences and chapters were short but each was densely packed with information However finishing it left me with a feeling of emptiness part of me wanted to laugh and another part wanted to immediately go onto a new book I'm not sure what I got out of reading the book myself but I do prefer to discuss works of art after finishing them so I definitely want to discuss it with someone in the future Overall I'd recommend this book to someone looking for something absurd and different to break up the monotony of the books they've been reading Here are some of my favorite uotes“As Bokonon says ‘Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God’ “ pg 63“ ‘Americans’ he said uoting his wife’s letter to the Times ‘are forever searching for love in forms it never takes in places it can never be It must have something to do with the vanished frontier’ “ pg 97“Tiger got to huntBird got to flyMan got to sit and wonder ‘Why why why?’Tiger got to sleepBird got to land Man got to tell himself he understand” pg 182