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Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
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Aug 06, 2011

bookshelves: classics

A Vonnegut novel with loose parodies of various absurdities of the twentieth century; among them, the prospect of nuclear destruction, the zealous edification of science as a pure goal, the humanism through which so many have critiqued these previous absurdities. However, everything seems so loosely put together, with countless problems of internal inconsistency, it felt like Vonnegut never made up his mind of what he was trying to say, and just decided to piece together small literary anecdotes that individually had aesthetic value, but together only made up an incoherent story that was vaguely amusing. Perhaps its genius is its reflection (either purposeful or accidental) of the disorientation and confusion of a post-industrial existential modern zeitgeist. The characters were ridiculous, except for the narrator, who was all too human, creating greater contrast to the strange world he has been cast in. The first half of the book seemed to be the start to a non-fiction historical account, but Vonnegut seemed to have randomly decided in the middle to devolve into rambling and fantastical science fiction. It was too much for me.

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