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The Cat's Cradle

Reviewed by: Quintin


The Cat’s Cradle Review   The book “Cat’s Cradle” by Kurt Vonnegut jr. tells the story of a young journalist Named Jonah who tries to seek details of what people did during the day of Hiroshima.   This book is not educational because though it did happen none of the characters were involved. It teaches how one object can affect so many people around the world. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. captures this moment with his book “Cat’s Cradle” which is sure to bring laughter and tears to your eyes, yet it can also bring curiosity and sadness. Though the plot may be difficult to understand, Kurt tells part of himself in each of the characters from the hatred of science to his beliefs of religion. Some parts of the book the mind can’t forget, for example when Newt was 15 and the bubonic plague came, he woke up to see dead bodies all over the ground only to see his father making shadows dance with his flashlight over them and telling him, “someday this will all be yours.” This truly emphasizes Kurt’s imagination and creativity, along with his thoughts of terror. Once you read this book it’ll change how you see aspects of life, and how you feel of religion.   Through reading this book it is clear that Kurt likes to portray bokonon which is a religion of  lies spoken to cover the wounds of a broken heart. Though it was not needed in this book, Bokonon gives a more helpless sound to the poor people living on the island. Overall Kurt’s writing style may be confusing but in the end when it all relates back to each other it makes it more interesting to read. I hope you’ve felt inspired to read “Cat’s Cradle” and hope that you will enjoy this book as much as we have, thank you.   By Quintin McElhiney        



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City: LaCrosse
Date Reviewed: 6/14/2012