- Kurt Vonnegut (Censorship (Ready Reference series))
- Kurt Vonnegut (Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition)
- Kurt Vonnegut (Identities & Issues in Literature)
- Kurt Vonnegut (Critical Survey of Long Fiction, Fourth Edition)
- Kurt Vonnegut (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
At a glance:
- Author: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
- First Published: 1963
- Type of Plot: Science-fiction fable
- Time of Work: The early 1960’s
- Setting: Ilium, New York, and the Caribbean republic of San Lorenzo
- Characters: John, Dr. Felix Hoenikker, Newt Hoenikker, Angela Hoenikker, Mrs. Harrison C. Conners, Franklin Hoenikker, “Papa” Monzano, Lionel Boyd Johnson, Bokonon
- Genres: Long fiction, Fable, Science fiction, Fantasy, Apocalyptic and catastrophe fiction, Novel
- Subjects: 1960's, New York, North America or North Americans, Northeast, U.S., United States or Americans, Traveling or travelers, Philosophy or philosophers, Caribbean, Wit or humor, End of the world, Atomic bomb, Ants, Ice, Inventions or inventors
- Locales: United States, New York, San Lorenzo, Caribbean, North America, Central America and West Indies, Ilium, New York
Cat’s Cradle is a remarkably discursive book, full of loose ends, unexplained events, and characters who appear in focus for a moment only to vanish without apology. It does center, however, on one single object: the sliver of ice-nine created by Dr. Felix Hoenikker and divided after his death by his three children, only to bring about the end of the world almost simultaneously with the end of the book.
In Vonnegut’s theory, ice is only one of the many possible ways in which water can crystallize. If there were other ways, ice of different...
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