Cat's Cradle

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Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle - Hardcover - USA - 1st Edition.jpg

Hardcover - USA - 1st edition.

Author Kurt Vonnegut
Published 1963-??-??
Type Fiction
Genre Drama
Themes Religion, Religious Fiction, Science Fiction, Surreal, War, World War II
Age Group Adult

Cat's Cradle is a science fiction novel by Kurt Vonnegut published in 1963. It's about a reporter trying to write a book about a fictionalized creation of the atomic bomb and discovering a doomsday chemical in the hands of a religious cult.


Read?Audiobook read by Dan Lazar.

Despite not liking the first novel I read of Vonnegut's, Slaughterhouse-Five, was convinced by friends to give him another try. I read this and was still not impressed.




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  • I like the idea of ice-nine, and think that it gave the book some much-needed suspense.
  • Newt's explanation of religion as, "See the cat? See the cradle?" was pretty spot on.
  • The description of Bokononism, that all religions are nothing but a pack of lies, including Bokononism, is also accurate.


  • Although the book is often referred to as satire, which I guess it satires religion a little, but that's it. Otherwise, I only remember ever occasionally smirked while reading it.
  • I initially liked the idea of having a whole bunch of short chapters, but, after awhile, I found it distracting.


  • In general I just found the story boring. Most of the characters were dull, and a few were annoying, but I didn't care about any of them.
  • I found the ending to be rather disturbing.


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