Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle is an irreverent and highly entertaining fantasy about the playful irresponsibility of nuclear scientists, beautifully repackaged as part of the Penguin Essentials range.'All of the true things I am about to tell you are shameless lies.'Dr Felix Hoenikker, one of the founding fathers of the atomic bomb, has left a deadly legacy to the world. For he is the inventor of Ice-nine, a lethal chemical capable of freezing the entire planet. The search for its whereabouts leads to Hoenikker's three ...
Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle is an irreverent and highly entertaining fantasy about the playful irresponsibility of nuclear scientists, beautifully repackaged as part of the Penguin Essentials range.'All of the true things I am about to tell you are shameless lies.'Dr Felix Hoenikker, one of the founding fathers of the atomic bomb, has left a deadly legacy to the world. For he is the inventor of Ice-nine, a lethal chemical capable of freezing the entire planet. The search for its whereabouts leads to Hoenikker's three eccentric children, to a crazed dictator in the Caribbean, to madness. Will Felix Hoenikker's death wish come true? Will his last, fatal gift to humankind bring about the end that, for all of us, is nigh?Told with deadpan humour and bitter irony, Kurt Vonnegut's cult tale of global apocalypse preys on our deepest fears of witnessing the end and, worse still, surviving it . . .'The time to read Vonnegut is just when you begin to suspect that the world is not what it appears to be. He is not only entertaining, he is electrocuting. You read him with enormous pleasure because he makes your hair stand on end' New York Times'One of the warmest, wisest, funniest voices to be found anywhere in fiction' Daily Telegraph'Vonnegut has looked the world straight in the eye and never flinched' J. G. BallardKurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis in 1922. He studied at the universities of Chicago and Tennessee and later began to write short stories for magazines. His first novel, Player Piano, was published in 1951 and was followed by The Sirens of Titan (1959), Mother Night (1961), Cat's Cradle (1963), God Bless You Mr Rosewater (1964), Welcome to the Monkey House (1968); a collection of short stories, Slaughterhouse Five (1969), Breakfast of Champions (1973), Slapstick, or Lonesome No More (1976), Jailbird (1979), Deadeye Dick (1982), Galapagos (1985), Bluebeard (1988), Hocus Pocus (1990) and Timequake (1997). He is also the author of a number of collections of short stories and essays. Kurt Vonnegut died in 2007.
Good. Dell 1965 first printing (September) mass market paperback, age toning on good cover, smooth spine, tight binding, tanning pages, clean text Prompt, reliable service, shipped next business day. Int'l mailed via first class or priority.
Near Fine in Very Good jacket. Lavender cloth, black/gilt titles, author's facsimile signature to front. Book club edition. DJ designed by Paul Bacon, author photo at back panel by Jill Krementz. Book near fine with little wear. DJ very good plus with the usual rubbing and one sticker-removal patch at top foreedge. 231 pp.
Very good. November 1988. SIGNED by K. Vonnegut in blue marker on front end page. No inscription. Extremely rare book has very minor wear. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding solid. 191 pages. Photos available on request.
Good in Fair jacket. 1st Edition. Usual glue problems to cover green color and also staining paste down pages and end papers. End paper tag remnant. Otherwise VG/DJ clip, rub, chips, edge creases, 1 1/4 in. linear piece missing spine strip, shipping will probably result in same back panel.
GOOD. 8 1/2 X 5 3/4. This book was set in Caledonia and Onyx types, Printed and Bound by American Book Stratford Press, Inc. It was Designed by Larry Kamp. No markings. Bookplate on fep. Tight binding. General wear and rubbed cover. Book Club Editon. _PAB_
An early, beloved Vonnegut title, a wild and savage satire on both science and Christianity. Presentable copies of the British edition are uncommon. First Impression. Octavo; red cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; 231pp. Bookplate signed by Vonnegut loosely laid in. Fine in a Near Fine dustjacket, price-clipped, with two tiny nicks at the crown and some very subtle toning to the spine panel and along upper edge.
Fine in Fine dust jacket. Other than the flaw to follow, an excellent (though not perfect! ) copy of one of Vonnegut's most important Books. Alas! A former owner underlined very short passages (usually a line or less, though sometimes more) throughout the book, mostly at the beginning. Approx 50 pages so affected, usually once per page, but sometimes more. About half are in pencil-usually RED (and unerasable) pencil. About half are in ink. There are a couple of instances of single words added in the margin. Alas! Again! Otherwise, mild dustiness and traces of wear to the jacket-much better than usually encountered. Small ink name and date to front endpaper; mild 'discoloration' to the cloth portion of the binding-typical for this book as the glues used to hold the cloth to the board cover tend to discolor the cloth very slightly over time. Very mild though.
Vonnegut's vision of the end of the world by the substance called Ice-9 is a poetic masterpiece in his own unique and darkly humorous style. Like strolling along and smelling beautiful flowers on the way to Armageddon. Wonderful.
Oct 18, 2007
Cat's Cradle is an amazing book, as well as one of Vonnegut's most popular and accessible works. Vonnegut tackles such abstract issues as human psychology, Armageddon-esque scientific discoveries, religion, and much more, all while maintaining a dark humor. If you like Vonnegut's other books, or books such as Catch-22, you will probably like this book.
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