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Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle by Harold Bloom
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Aug 06, 2011

really liked it
Read from August 04 to 06, 2011

Having recently re-read Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse 5 and now having re-read Cat's Cradle their similarities come to the forefront as both novel deal with a writer preparing to right a book on a mass slaughter in WWII. In Slaughterhouse 5 the writer is preparing to write a book about the firebombing of Dresden and in Cat's Cradle the writer is writing a book on the scientists families involved in the Manhattan Project. Though Slaughterhouse descends into a book within a book as it subsequently tells the story of a soldier who was in Dresden during the bombing and had become unstuck in time living his life out of sequence.

I was a great fan of Vonnegut as a teenager when I read everything he wrote up to that time, though have only read a book or two of his since the eighties. Going back to these two books I find that while I am not of fan of Vonnegut's underlying mixed-up philosophies, I am still of fan of his writing. I really enjoyed re-reading both of these book for their quirky humor and Vonnegut is really a master of quirky storytelling. Will have to find out how the rest of his works standup. Though I was surprised at how much of Slaughterhouse 5 I had remembered despite not reading it for almost 4 decades. Though I had forgot much of Cat's Cradle, though remembered Ice 9.

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David This isn't Cat's Cradle, it is commentary and analysis of the book.

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