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Read Cute (◕ ˬ ◕✿) I would recommend Mother Night!!!! Un. Put. Downable. And SO FUNNY. I DNFed this. I think a large reason I didn't care for this one is it's from 1973. It feels completely dated and behind the times, even though the jokes about the colonialism I'm share at the time was fresh.

Also I want to mention that Vonnegut actuate letter grades. Cat's Cradle he gave an A+ and Mother Night an A (several others were in the A range too). This book he gave a C. So you can tell the lit snobs to shove it because Vonnegut agrees with you ;)

But I would consult his list to see which books to read by him, or to measure the ones you have already read.


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Emily May Gabriella wrote: "I would recommend Mother Night!!!! Un. Put. Downable. And SO FUNNY. I DNFed this. I think a large reason I didn't care for this one is it's from 1973. It feels completely dated and behind the times..."

Hey Gabriella! So sorry I didn't reply to this sooner - Goodreads keeps eating my notifications.

Thanks for the rec. I had no idea about the letter grades, but I will definitely check out Mother Night. XD Do you have any other good humour recommendations? I feel drained from all the serious books I've been reading lately.


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Samv I don't like him either


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Britt If you liked Cat's Cradle, try Sirens of Titan. Hilarious. Breakfast of Champions is my least favorite of his books (full disclosure, I've only read ~70% of them). I'll second the reader who liked Mother Night.


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Kamryn Koble Welcome to the Monkey House is a collection of Vonnegut short stories that I adore. They pack a powerful punch in few pages.


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Michael Leaks.


(_.- Jared -._) ₪ Book Nerd ₪ Yeah, I'm a huge fan of the classics but I absolutely loathed Slaughterhouse-Five. I tried desperately to like but it just wasn't in me. I swear, after I read it, I felt like I was about to go nuts! If some random person came up to me and said, "So it goes..." I think I would have punched them in the face.

I was thinking of giving Kurt another shot until I read your review. Maybe I'll give Cat's Cradle a shot but I'll avoid his other books. Thanks!


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Mark Howe Cats Cradle is


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Mark Howe whoops, I accidentally hit post


message 10: by Chelsea (new)

Chelsea Holy crap I was literally having this EXACT thought (even emailed my dad as it's his copy I'm reading to say "I don't get it, what's happened, I used to get everything!") so I thought I would jump on here and read some reviews to see if I could find out what I've missed and what I can look forward to (I'm only three chapters in).

I hate to sound stalkerish but I'm totally friending you and I promise we never have to talk about classics ever or pretend to like them. Care to listen to my hatred for Lord of the Flies?


message 11: by Jack (new)

Jack Onderisin Your review really intrigued me, as I took these "jokes" in a completely different light. I believe that all the "beaver" talk is not to necessarily evoke humor, but to shed light on the absolute absurdity on the society in which we live. We are led to believe that female reproductive organs, and sex in general, are a taboo in society, despite the fact that they are responsible for all life. This ties into a bigger theme in the book; our idea of normal is pretty absurd! Since sex is such a taboo topic in western society, it is not uncommon to see pornography. If we were more sexually liberated as a people, porn would most likely not exist.

Maybe I'm totally wrong, but I think that was the point Vonnegut was attempting to make.


message 12: by Viktoria (new)

Viktoria Yes, this book is weird; but, I’d read almost anything by Vonnegut (and have), and I read this one when I was willing to read any Kurt Vonnegut’s book, even if I’d have to re-read each chapter four times to get it. Read Slaughterhouse Five more than once. Not sure what it is- perhaps it either clicks or doesn’t. Cats Cradle was my first.


message 13: by Mr. Allain (new)

Mr. Allain I am one of those people who tends to put Vonnegut on a pedestal. Reading his books taught me a lot about style and inspired creative freedom - but as much as I love him, his genius is easily overblown. Also, young me somehow couldn't see the obvious problem you mention above: Kurt saw the world through the ultimate lens of white male privilege. That lens is never more dominant than it is in this book. Please don't ever think you have to praise Vonnegut to be a book snob. Your take on this text is smart, accurate, and important.


message 14: by Jenine (new)

Jenine Young Thank you, I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't find this to be the most amazing book ever.


message 15: by Christopher (new)

Christopher I loved Player Piano, but haven't been as satisfied with any other Vonnegut books. And so on...


message 16: by Acidhouse (new)

Acidhouse Sipping champagne and talking about Vonnegut would be a very anti-Vonnegut thing to do. I don’t think he saw himself as a Hemingway. He just wrote books and had a very unique perspective on things. For some people, me included, it hits a right spot; for others it misses. You aren’t supposed to go in thinking you are reading “War and Peace.” It’s probably also a good idea to read two or three books of his to get the feel for his style.


message 17: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Hopwood Thanks Emily, that’s exactly the review I would’ve given, I felt exactly the same. Parts of the book made me uncomfortable but on the plus side it only took 5 days to read so I hardly wasted a great amount of time on it! After really enjoying Slaughterhouse 5 I was sad I didn’t enjoy this one.


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