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Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
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Mar 04, 09

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Recommended to Matt by: Tim Drake
Read in March, 2009, read count: 1

I love Vonnegut. He mixes it up so thoroughly and effectively: religion, philosophy, humanity, existentialism, science fiction. Few authors come close to paralleling his brand of humor and satire and gravity, all wrapped up in a single package.

This is good, solid book. His prose is fairly easy to read, and the insane number of "chapters" (one every two pages or so) shortens the length a bit.

The book is filled with great memorable one-liners:
--"Americans . . . are forever searching for love in forms it never takes, in places it can never be." (97)
--"What makes you think a writer isn't a drug salesman?" (153)
--"There is love enough in this world for everybody, if people will just look." (18)
--"'It's a small world.' [. . .:] 'When you put it in a cemetery it is.'" (64)
--"how complicated and unpredictable the machinery of life really is" (66)
--"the unity in every second of all time and all wandering mankind, all wandering womankind, all wandering children" (73)
--"In this world, you get what you pay for." (128)

Those are just some of the ones that stuck with me. He has some other good ones regarding love and God/life and writers/writing. A good man he was, a good and clever man.
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Quotes Matt Liked

Kurt Vonnegut
“There is love enough in this world for everybody, if people will just look.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

Kurt Vonnegut
“Americans . . . are forever searching for love in forms it never takes, in places it can never be.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

Kurt Vonnegut
“It's a small world." . . . "When you put it in a cemetery it is.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

Kurt Vonnegut
“How complicated and unpredictable the machinery of life really is.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

Kurt Vonnegut
“The unity in every second of all time and all wandering mankind, all wandering womankind, all wandering children.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

Kurt Vonnegut
“In this world, you get what you pay for.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle


Reading Progress

02/20/2009 page 38
12.5% "Vonnegut's great. He reminds me of Tom Robbins (or vice versa)."
02/24/2009 page 76
25.0% "So many one-liners."
02/25/2009 page 92
30.26% "Good stuff."
02/26/2009 page 114
37.5% "I'm reading lots of books at once (bad idea?) so it's taking me a bit longer now."
03/03/2009 page 201
66.12% "I'm a Bokononist now."

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Timothy Browning We should stage an all-night reading of this some day.


Matt That would be great. Such a good book.


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