I enjoyed the book and was glad I listened on audio. The interview with Vonnegut at the end was a delightful bonus. I've not read the print version so can't really make a comparison.
I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^
"...for the quotation captured in a couplet the cruel paradox of Bakononist thought, the heartbreaking necessity about lying about reality, and the heartbreaking impossibility of lying about it.
Midget, midget, midget, how he struts and winks,
For he knows a man's as big as what he hopes and thinks!"
-- Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle
I first read this in 9th grade. The grade my two kids are right now. Life has a way of making you feel both old and insignificant. When I first read this book I was focused on the technology of Ice-9 and the absurdity of weapons of mass destruction. This time, as I read it in a quickly cooling bath.* Seriously, all men over 40 should read this book naked in a bath that is quickly losing its heat, while wrinkles develop on their hands, feet, etc. There is nothing emasculates a man faster than a cold bath, nakedness, age, and Kurt Vonnegut.
Anyway, 28 years after first reading it and I still love this book. It was my first Vonnegut. One of my first exposures to the world of literature as absurdism, dark satire, and the wicked wink of postmodernism. I was hooked.
* with all this damn technology, one would think it would be easy to develop a better system for insulating baths. During the last 60 years, our society has gone from porcelain to plastic. So, now I can't even scratch OR freeze my ass in my tub and remain dignified.
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I resent the implication that this is a book for people who like to think. I like to think, to learn, to read… but I just didn’t like this book.
I just happen to like my storylines presented in a more straightforward way, that’s all. The Bigger Picture of this book just went right over my head.
cat's cradle is one of my all-time favorite english-language novels. However the narrator on this recording seems to have very poor sense comedic timing and has never heard calypso music.
Kurt Vonnegut is now my favorite author. Now required reading for my son and hopefully his son or daughter.
probably not, this is consistent with Vonnegut's style, quirky, but I found it rather slow and not as humorous as others. Always expect generous amounts of allegory, parody, irony, satire....you get the idea...from Vonnegut, but he really hits you over the head with it in cats cradle where, I think, a softer touch would hold up better. A great story that now seems dated and 2 dimensional.
More of that droll Vonnegut humor. It just seemed that he was in a hurry to get to his next warning about the dangers of modern society of the time.
struggled to finish it. it wasn't easy to follow. I just didn't feel the story was interesting. no bueno. Worst story I've listened to on audible so far.