Review: Cat’s Cradle

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Cat's CradleCat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Kurt Vonnegut is one of the authors that I had wanted to read for a long time and I finally read Slaughterhouse-Five a little while ago. I thought that was quite good so I decided to read Cat’s Cradle.

I’m glad that I read this book, but it definitely won’t go down as one of my favorites. The writing is witty, occasionally amusing, and fairly gripping. Vonnegut has a uniquely crisp and blunt writing style that I really appreciate.

I think it’s also interesting to consider the statement that the novel made at the time of its publication. World War II was not yet a distant memory and nuclear war seemed imminent. Cat’s Cradle is a none-to-subtle anti-war novel that likely voiced the concerns of millions of people.

That said, reading this book helped me to understand something about myself: I don’t love analogy. I don’t hate it either, but for the most part, I just want an interesting story with good characters. On occasion, I feel the need to read something with a little more purpose and that’s partially what prompted me to read Cat’s Cradle, but I think my preferences lean towards a little more science fiction and a little less analogy.

Still, it was a quick read and I don’t regret it, because it’s nice to read something a little different even if you don’t enjoy it as much. Definitely a worthwhile read.