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Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
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Feb 05, 11

bookshelves: fiction, re-reading-the-classics
Read in February, 2011

After reading Mark Vonnegut's memoir, I felt a need to re-read some of his father's work. "Cat's Cradle" didn't get familiar to me until the appearance of Ice-Nine, but even then I think it was really a new experience, due to the years between both the writing and the reading. Compared to "Hocus Pocus", which I read first, this book feels strangely optimistic, even though the subject is man's destruction of the earth. Bokononism as an approach to life still appeals, but the years between 1963 and now add heavy layers of cynicism and resigned despair. Vonnegut must have felt it too; "Hocus Pocus", written 30 years later, is a much darker work.

What really strikes me about Kurt Voneegut is how consistently entertaining he is. His observations cut like a knife, and yet I throroughly enjoyed the ride.

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