Cat's Cradle: A Novel

Kurt Vonnegut
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. 


Reviewed: 2020-05-03

No damn cat. No damn cradle. The happiness of having read this book is mine. Quirky, dark, and surreal. Classic Vonnegut. A very quick read with strong re-read value.

Reviewed: 2019-07-28

I have no idea when I first read Cat's Cradle. It may have been before I started dating the books I read, which would make it a long time ago.

I'm noting it today because I got into a big discussion with a friend recently over what the best "introduction" or order to reading Vonnegut might be, and I think if you're not going to read ALL of his works, and only want to pick a few, then this is the perfect place to start. Why? It's good, it's easier to follow than so many of his other works, has a pretty linear plot that's easy to follow, characters that are fun to read and it's a good extremely memorable example of Kurt Vonnegut. The satire is more broad. Nobody would confuse this with, say, a nonfiction book, and also it's just a really great read.

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