The first book I read from Kurt Vonnegut is Cat’s Cradle. I bought his book Slaughterhouse-Five years ago, and I don’t know why but still I didn’t read it. So reading Cat’s Cradle was kismet, I think. Kurt Vonnegut is an author that I admire his intelligence a lot.
Cat’s Cradle is an apocalyptic novel and Vonnegut makes such good evaluations in this book that you find yourself thinking about everything. From your religion to your social order. Since the language of the author is quite simple, the book is read as if it is flowing. I especially liked the characters.
However, since the book is around 250 pages, you will not encounter any in-depth character work. But you will find something different in each of them. Cat’s Cradle can be a good choice, especially for those who want to escape reality because it is a book that can be easily read in a few sessions. Enjoy!
Dr Felix Hoenikker, one of the founding ‘fathers’ of the atomic bomb, has left a deadly legacy to humanity. For he is the inventor of ice-nine, a lethal chemical capable of freezing the entire planet. Writer Jonah’s search for his whereabouts leads him to Hoenikker’s three eccentric children, to an island republic in the Caribbean where the absurd religion of Bokononism is practised, to love and to insanity. Told with deadpan humour and bitter irony, Kurt Vonnegut’s cult tale of global destruction is a frightening and funny satire on the end of the world and the madness of mankind.
Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) was born in Indianapolis. During the Second World War he was a prisoner in Germany and present at the bombing of Dresden, an experience he recounted in his famous novel Slaughterhouse Five (1969). His first novel, Player Piano, was published in 1951 and since then he has written many novels, including The Sirens of Titan, Jailbird, Deadeye Dick, Galapagos and Hocus Pocus.
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was an American writer. In a career spanning over 50 years, Vonnegut published fourteen novels, three short story collections. Five plays, and five works of nonfiction, with further collections being published after his death.
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