Cat's Cradle

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Gollancz, 2010 - End of the world - 224 pages

One of America's greatest writers gives us his unique perspective on our fears of nuclear annihilation


Told with deadpan humour and bitter irony, Kurt Vonnegut's cult tale of global destruction preys on our deepest fears of witnessing Armageddon and, worse still, surviving it.


Dr Felix Hoenikker, one of the founding fathers of the atomic bomb, has left a deadly legacy to the world. For he is the inventor of ice-nine, a lethal chemical capable of freezing the entire planet. The search for its whereabouts leads to Hoenikker's three eccentric children, to a crazed dictator in the Caribbean, to madness. Felix Hoenikker's death-wish comes true when his last, fatal, gift to mankind brings about an end that, for all of us, is nigh.

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User Review  - Darryl - Goodreads

Funny, funny, funny. The humor is what ultimately makes this book. For half of Cat's Cradle, I found the plot to be wandering, as the premise of 'research for a book' (which ironically is the same ... Read full review

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User Review  - David Hammond - Goodreads

Kurt Vonnegut's modus operandi as a novelist, it seems, is to come up with one or two interesting ideas and take them to their logical extremes. Cat's Cradle has two particularly interesting ideas: 1 ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Born in 1922, Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) was a prisoner of war in Dresden, Germany, during the saturation bombing which devastated the city near the end of the Second World War, an experience which formed the basis for the novel which made him a world-wide bestseller, Slaughterhouse-Five. Cat's Cradle, first published in 1963, is his third novel.

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