Cat's Cradle

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Delta Trade Paperbacks, 1963 - Fiction - 287 pages
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The Day the World Ended Call me Jonah. My parents did, or nearly did. They called me John. Jonah--John--if I had been a Sam, I would have been Jonah still--not because I have been unlucky for others, but because somebody or something has compelled me to be certain places at certain times, without fail. Conveyances and motives, both conventional and bizarre, have been provided. And, according to plan, at each appointed second, at each appointed place this Jonah was there. Listen: When I was a younger man--two wives ago, 250,000 cigarettes ago, 3,000 quarts of booze ago . . . When I was a much younger man, I began to collect material for a book to be called The Day the World Ended.

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User Review  - CSDaley - LibraryThing

My reread of Vonnegut continues with one of my favorites by him. His structure and storytelling were brilliant. I am reading his books in the order he published them and you can really see him settling into his style in this book. Read full review

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In true Vonnegut fashion, this is a weird little book. It includes a fake religion known as Bokononism and a scientist who develops a means to destroy the entire world. No big deal though, since he ... Read full review

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Kurt Vonnegut was a master of contemporary American literature. His black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America's attention in The Sirens of Titan in 1959 and established him as "a true artist" with Cat's Cradle in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene declared, "one of the best living American writers.” Mr. Vonnegut passed away in April 2007.

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