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Cat's Cradle
Cat's Cradle
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
No one but Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. could have created this masterful mix of satire, fantasy and all-too-real realism.
ISBN: 241016
Publication Date: 5/1/1973
Pages: 191
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Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Paperback
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This is one I have been wanting to read for a long time. A prophet named Bokonon has created a religion that is unlike any we have known. The narrator is John, who becomes a Bokononist. To discover why and how one must read the book.

As the tale unfolds one meets Felix Hoenikker, one of the fathers of the atom bomb, whose devotion to science eventually leads to his death but how you will have to wait until the book's climax. Enter the younger Hoenikkers: Newt, a dwarf who paints; Angela, a six foot tall woman who plays the clarinet with a talent that mesmerizes all who her; and Frank, whose role in life is uncertain.

Bokononism is a satire about religion. The author ties this odd belief to science and the human condition which result in an apocalyptic event. Sadly, it is the humans involved that cause it to occur from Felix Hoenikker, to his sons and daughter to the writer, John. Could it happen today? You bet it could. This is an entertaining and reflective read, one you won't soon forget.
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