Saturday, September 24

Book Review: Cat's Cradle

Title: Cat's Cradle

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Pages: Ebook (This version was 260 pages)

Summary: Kurt Vonnegut sees the future in his 1963 novel Cat's Cradle, and not only is it scarier than we might imagine, it is comically much, much crazier. In brief, pungent chapters, he describes a world racing toward apocalypse, courtesy of a deadly discovery made by a brilliant scientist—a matter called "ice-nine"—that becomes the secret weapon of his three incredibly dysfunctional adult children. Along the way, the reader becomes acquainted with an outlawed religion called Bokononism, a Caribbean banana.

My Rating: 8.25/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This was an interesting, funny and overall enjoyable read as the author makes some interesting points using his usual satirical whit.

The author manages to do a great job at getting his points across on religion, technology and human nature, without actually jumping on the soap box, but instead uses absurd example, and some very witty plot devices to show it - especially the idea of dangerous technology in the wrong hands. I found the book to be odd, very odd, yet it was still well written, and an entertaining read. I was left at the ending, wondering if there was something I may have missed, but I don't think you have to read the book to try and find all the deep and hidden meanings to what the author was trying to say. In fact, I think I enjoyed the book, a lot more than I would have, if I had read it in school trying to analyze it, because the more I tried, the less entertaining it became.

Overall a good read.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, this book is not only a classic read, but well written and funny. I also found it to be a quick read, and I think a lot of readers would probably enjoy the book.

What to read next: Slaughterhouse-Five, Catch-22

Challenges: 11 in 11, 100+ Challenge, 1001 Books Challenge, A - Z Challenge

Banned Books Week: Banned from schools in Strongsville, OH, in 1972 - this was later overturned in court in 1976. The book remains on the ALA's top 100 classic books that have been banned or challenged.


  1. my son has had some experiences with Vonnegut, but I have not. I once asked him what he thought of Vonnegut's work, and he said that it was very weird. Now you have confirmed this. I usually like weird things, so this would probably be right up my alley. I need to check it out. Great review, Jules!

  2. Zibilee - Very, weird is it. The author has a very interesting writing style, that's for sure. This book was very amusing and maybe a good choice to start.