Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Read January 1996. A fun little ride, including a fun little made-up religion called Bokononism. But not very fleshed-out. A fun little end of the world, but Vonnegut seems tired, like a tired Tom Robbins. What I liked the most: (1) the excerpts from the Books of Bokonon, and Bokononist concepts such as the karass (which is a genuine but mysterious and mystical connection between certain people) versus the granfaloon (which is a false connection between people, like being fans of the same sports team); (2) the little ironies brought out in the chapter headings.


  1. Jonathan Webb says

    I agree, but the guy can flat out write. I read Timequake, not great, but was in awe of the easy feeling of the prose.

    Thanks Rufus.

  2. Matthew Lickona says

    I read this when I was in sixth grade. I was utterly baffled, and felt a little queasy throughout. I remember "No damn cat, no damn cradle" pretty well. Plus, the schoolchildren saying awful things about a prudish woman who instructed her son to call his member a teakettle or some such.

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