“Cat’s Cradle” by Kurt Vonnegut



Starts as a story about the children of the (fictional) creator of the atomic bomb, ends in a small banana republic and the destruction of the world by another doomsday device, ice-nine.

Kind of humorous, with very one-of-a-kind characters.  But it just doesn’t really come together too well; maybe that’s the point.  Bokononism and the story itself seem to be stating that everything is just kind of silly and doesn’t matter — just roll with it.

Ok.  Not sure I quite agree with that philosophy, but ok.

I did like this bit for some reason:

Tiger got to hunt,

Bird got to fly,

Man got to sit and wonder ‘why, why, why?’

Tiger got to sleep,

Bird got to land,

Man got to tell himself he understand.

Depending on whether “got” means “allowed to” or “must” there is a subtle change in meaning…

What do you think?

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