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Geen kind en geen wieg (1963)

door Kurt Vonnegut

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Cat's Cradle is Vonnegut's satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet's ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist; a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer; and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny.… (meer)
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El doctor Felix Hoenikker, uno de los padres de la bomba atómica, muere y deja un legado a la altura: sus tres hijos ineptos y el hielo-nueve, un arma capaz de congelar el planeta entero. Una historia sobre el poder infinito de la estupidez y el terror que implica encontrar una verdad entre un millón de mentiras.
  bibliotecayamaguchi | Nov 25, 2022 |
Read this for AcaDec. Not recommended. It's violent and depressing and not at all funny. No joke. *spoiler!* Everyone but like... 3 people... all die. Oof. ( )
  BooksbyStarlight | Oct 25, 2022 |
Along with The Great Gatsby, this is a book I re-read every year. To me, it is Vonnegut's masterpiece, surpassing even the better-known Slaughterhouse-Five.

Don't let Cat's Cradle's brevity fool you. There is much more going on than the narrator John's straight-forward tale of his attempt to write a book about August 6, 1945. John's research on The Day the World Ended takes him to Ilium, NJ, where the progenitor of his book, Felix Hoenikker, worked on the atomic bomb the US dropped that day, and to the Republic of San Lorenzo, a Caribbean island where Hoenikker's eldest son, Frank, is Minister of Science and Progress. Frank owes this position to his possession of ice-nine, the compound his father secretly developed to keep the Marines from getting stuck in the mud. On San Lorenzo, John will also encounter Felix Hoenikker's other children, Angela, his socially awkward ugly duckling daughter, and Newt, his vertically-challenged son, and discover the perquisites they have garnered as co-possessors of ice-nine. He will also happen on Bokonon, the man behind the eponymous, recondite religion practiced by the inhabitants of San Lorenzo.

A lay reader unfamiliar with Bokononism might see failure in John's aborted doomsday book, rather than a necessary step on a spiritual journey. If, at the conclusion of Cat's Cradle, this same reader merely closes his copy and does not contemplate the use John put his original version to, he is unlikely to grasp John's exegesis of the Books of Bokonon, that "a useful religion can be founded on lies." He is equally unlikely to conflate the teachings of Bokonon with those of the Bible, although he may read about the wampeter and vin-dit with an uneasy sense of familiarity, and find himself mysteriously muttering "busy, busy, busy."

If the definition of satire is "the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues," Cat's Cradle's is its perfect embodiment. ( )
  skavlanj | Oct 4, 2022 |
This was my third read of Cat's Cradle. I am not much of a re-reader, but there are a few books I come back to as I need them and this is one. (As is Slaughterhouse Five. Vonnegut is one of four authors with multiple books on my re-read list.) Each time I read this book it tells me something different. This time it told me that people, particularly Americans, have always ignored what was in front of their face, choosing their personal folklore over verifiable facts. It is fair to say QAnon would not have surprised Mr. Vonnegut one bit. And it would not have surprised Vonnegut how most people pay no attention to assaults on liberty and decency and the survival of humans on earth, opting to just play cat's cradle, to fiddle while Rome burns.

I won't go much into the plot, since thousands have recounted it already. All you need to know is that the narrator ("Call me Jonah") is purportedly writing a book about what real people were doing when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. He ends up getting entangled in the lives of the unusual adult children of one of the A-bomb's inventors who was also working on something as lethal as the bomb (though different) at the time of his death. The subject of his last work was created in response to the Marines asking if he could "do something about mud" since Marines were tired of being dirty. As mentioned the inventor dies, the children have the new invention. The eldest son finds himself in a position of power on a colonized island, and his estranged sister and brother meet up with him on the island because he is supposed to get married. Hijinks of a sort (an apocalyptic sort) ensue.

I will say this is a post-modern satire aimed squarely at "pure" science, organized religion, and America. It is a post-apocalyptic/pre-apocalyptic 2.0/post-apocalyptic 2.0 story. I learned while reading this that Cat's Cradle was Vonnegut's Masters thesis at University of Chicago where he earned a Masters in Anthropology and that factoid actually changed the way I read the book.

The important stuff: This book is very funny provided one appreciates ice cold irony and has some basic grounding in 20th century American history. This is also one of the canniest 20th century novels I have read mocking American colonialism (there are many earlier books that delightfully stuck it to the British Empire of course.) This is often classified as science fiction, but as with Slaughterhouse Five I think it is a vast overstatement to call this sci-fi and people who read it looking for that are sure to be disappointed. Read it as one of the smartest sendups of nationalism, tribalism and religion. Vonnegut was a genius. He could say more with 100 pages of jokes that most cultural commentators say in 800 page heavily footnoted tomes, and in addition to saying a lot, it is hilarious. Win-win. ( )
3 stem Narshkite | Oct 3, 2022 |
A very strange and somehow intriguing story line. I remember when everyone was reading this book and I don't know how I escaped reading it then...but somehow I never did. I felt like it was a book I "ought to" read. Well, now I have and I must say as end of the world stories go, this one will suffice. ( )
  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
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"Cat's Cradle" is an irreverent and often highly entertaining fantasy concerning the playful irresponsibility of nuclear scientists. Like the best of contemporary satire, it is work of a far more engaging and meaningful order than the melodramatic tripe which most critics seem to consider "serious."
 

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AuteursnaamRolType auteurWerk?Status
Vonnegut, Kurtprimaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
Curtoni, VittorioVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
House, JulianArtiest omslagafbeeldingSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Kapari, MarjattaVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Koeppl, LíviaVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Kunkel, BenjaminIntroductieSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Pelham, DavidArtiest omslagafbeeldingSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Roberts, TonyVertellerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
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