The Resource Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle

Label
Cat's Cradle
Title
Cat's Cradle
Statement of responsibility
Kurt Vonnegut
Title variation
Cats cradle
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Cat's Cradle (1963) is Vonnegut's most ambitious novel, which put into the language terms like "wampeter", "kerass" and "granfalloon" as well as a structured religion, Boskonism and was submitted in partial fulfillment of requirements for a Master's Degree in anthropology, and in its sprawling compass and almost uncontrolled (and uncontrollable) invention, may be Vonnegut's best novel.Written contemporaneously with the Cuban missile crisis and countenancing a version of a world in the grasp of magnified human stupidity, the novel is centered on Felix Hoenikker, a chemical scientist reminiscent of Robert Oppenheimer... except that Oppenheimer was destroyed by his conscience and Hoenikker, delighting in the disastrous chemicals he has invented, has no conscience at all. Hoenikker's "Ice 9" has the potential to convert all liquid to inert ice and thus destroy human existence; he is exiled to a remote island where Boskonism has enlisted all of its inhabitants and where religion and technology collaborate, with the help of a large cast of characters, to destroy civilization.Vonnegut's compassion and despair are expressed here through his grotesque elaboration of character and situation and also through his created religion which like Flannery O'Connor's "Church Without Christ" (in Wise Blood) acts to serve its adherents by removing them from individual responsibility. Vonnegut had always been taken seriously by science fiction readers and critics (a reception which indeed made him uncomfortable) but it was with Cat's Cradle that he began to be found and appreciated by a more general audience. His own ambivalence toward science, science fiction, religion and religious comfort comes through in every scene of this novel
Summary
A young writer decides to interview the children of a scientist primarily responsible for the creation of the atomic bomb
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
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060695
Cataloging source
DLC
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Vonnegut, Kurt
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
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790
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • Fiction
  • Science Fiction
  • Humor (Fiction)
Target audience
adult
Label
Cat's Cradle
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:39a8ad1f-030e-4d98-a2ff-c2fce223ad9b
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780795311963
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Cat's Cradle
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:39a8ad1f-030e-4d98-a2ff-c2fce223ad9b
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780795311963
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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