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Cat's Cradle

Written By:Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - 1960

  • Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut Jr. cover

    Dell - Feb 1975 35th printing

  • Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut Jr. cover

    Dial Press - 2006+ 23rd printing


Dell - Feb 1975 35th printing

Cat's Cradle deals with atomic scientists, ugly Americans, gorgeous sex queens, vengeful midgets, Caribbean dictators, undertakers, Hoosiers, a new way of making love, ice-nine, Bokononism, the end of the world... Ice-nine? Bokononism? The end of the world? No one but Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., could have created this masterful mix of satire, fantasy and all-too-real realism. An ultimate commentary on modern man and his madness, Cat's Cradle is one of the most brilliant and important novels of the decade.

Cat's Cradle is "hilarious and deadly" —The New York Times Sunday Book Review

Cat's Cradle is "a free-wheeling vehicle... an unforgettable ride" —The New York Times

Cat's Cradle is "wonderful, terrifying and delightful" —Conrad Aiken

Cat's Cradle is "irreverent... engaging... entertaining... far more meaningful than the melodramatic tripe most critics seem to consider serious" —Terry Southern

Cat's Cradle is "wide-eyed, savage satire... a great comic novel" —San Francisco Chronicle

Cat's Cradle is like nothing you have ever read before...

Dial Press - 2006+ 23rd printing

"A free-wheeling vehicle... an unforgettable ride!" —The New York Times

"Vonnegut is George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer... A zanny but more and mad scientist." —Time

"A great Artist." —The Cincinnati Enquirer

Kurt Vonnegut is a master of contemporary American literature. His black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America's attention in The Sirens of Titan in 1959 and established him as "a true artist" with Cat's Cradle in 1963. He is, as Graham Greene has declared, "one of the best living American writers."

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. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat's Cradle is one of this century's most important works... and Vonnegut at his very best.

"UNIQUE... one of the writers who map our landscape for us, who give names to the places we know best." —Doris Lessing, The New York Times Book Review

"Our finest black-humorist... We laugh in self-defense." —The Atlantic Monthly

"An unimitative and inimitable social satirist." —Harper's Magazine

"A cause for celebration." —Chicago Sun-Times

"A laughing prophet of Doom." —The New York Times