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The narrator is researching for his book, The Day the World Ended, when he comes up against his karass, as he later understands it through Bokononism. It leads him to investigate Dr. Hoenniker, "Father of the A-Bomb," whom his son Little Newt says was playing cat's cradle when the bomb dropped (people weren't his specialty). The good doctor left his children an even greater weapon of devastation ... Read full review

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Be sure to read this when you are young. I reread this often, when I was a little down usually -- the book cheered me up so much. Now that I am "older" it was not as funny as I had once thought; that the world does not evolve from stupidity the way I used to think it was doing. Also, I never thought of Robert Oppenheimer when I read this book. Instead I thought of my grandfather and maybe your grandfather also if you were born during the cold war. 

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No dam cat, no dam cradle

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Review: Cat's Cradle
I was a very interesting book that I read only because it was for AP summer reading. Happy I read this book. It didn't really have any dull moments. Like a well written documentary.

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I am currently writing a research paper on fears during the Cold War, especially around the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. This book is perhaps one of the greatest satires of that time. Vonnegut uses extensive symbolism and metaphorical situations to depict a seemingly ridiculous situation. However, this situation only seems ridiculous until you consider the eerie similarities between the world of Cat's Cradle and the real world.
I would highly recommend this for anyone looking for either a good laugh from dark humor, or someone who is interested on the popular attitudes of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

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This was a very quick and fun read. The characters were very interesting and was often hilarious. Bokononism was genius.

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User Review  - Tally - Goodreads

I won't even begin to go into a plot summary here, but I will say Kurt Vonnegut has some serious style. And by serious, I mean sarcastically playful. Cat's Cradle ties a fictional representation of ... Read full review

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User Review  - DaphneH - LibraryThing

Some parts were entertaining, but overall, I didn't get it. Read full review

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