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Cat's Cradle
Cat's Cradle: A Novel | Kurt Vonnegut
Cats Cradle is Kurt Vonneguts satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planets 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, Cats Cradle is one of the twentieth centurys most important worksand Vonnegut at his very best.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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vivastory
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Inspired by @BarbaraBB I'm joining #TBT with a favorite Vonnegut in honor of the week of his birthday centennial. A favorite quote, that I often think of while at work:
Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before.

SamAnne One of my favorites as well. 3w
BarbaraBB I‘ve never read this one. I really should. The quote is great too. Thanks for joining. #TBT is hosted by @ChaoticMissAdventures 3w
vivastory @SamAnne It's different from the rest, but it's always stuck with me 3w
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vivastory @BarbaraBB I'm not sure if you'd like it... I don't recommend it as a good starting point for Vonnegut 3w
ChaoticMissAdventures Great choice. Vonnegut is my absolute favorite, I even have So It Goes tattooed on me! ❤️ 3w
vivastory @ChaoticMissAdventures That's a fantastic tattoo choice! I have a few literary tattoos & I think that if I had more that I'd pick something inspired by Vonnegut. 3w
BarbaraBB I did read three of his books, and enjoyed them. But maybe you‘re right. There might be a reason why I didn‘t pick up this one 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
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TheSpineView
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#Movie2BookRecs @klou
Prompt: Oblivion

Klou I'm really struggling to find one for this one. Great choice!!! 2mo
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SleepyDragon
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The first Vonnegut I ever read. (Have I mentioned I named my firstborn after him?) This was assigned reading in my sophomore honors Comp & Lit class in high school, and began my lifelong obsession with the author's work.

#Alphabetgame #LetterC

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 4mo
SleepyDragon @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Is this your game? I love the graphic. It's so pretty! 4mo
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sprainedbrain
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Sarah! Thank you so much for this thoughtful #spookysummerswap package! I‘m intrigued by the book, love the earrings, and can‘t wait to use the fun bath stuff. Thank you! 🖤

vivastory This is one of my favorite Vonnegut novels. 💙 5mo
shortsarahrose I also really liked this novel, so even though it‘s not spooky in the traditional sense, I had to get it once I saw in on your wishlist. 5mo
sprainedbrain @shortsarahrose it‘s perfect!! 5mo
Ruthiella It‘s fair to surmise that many Littens are in your Karass. When you read Cat‘s Cradle, you‘ll know! 5mo
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ozma.of.oz
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Panpan

A chemical compound, capable of destroying the entire world, has disappeared. What happens when a writer decides to investigate the life of the scientist who developed it?

Weird stuff. Very, very weird stuff. This seemed to be trying to do a lot all at once, without actually accomplishing anything except making me hate the narrator. There wasn‘t really a plot, & the ending was very dismal for me. & a general warning for all the isms.🌕🌕🌑🌑🌑

PuddleJumper Its off your TBR pile which is awesome 8mo
ozma.of.oz @PuddleJumper True! And I‘ll get to take it to my local book exchange, and someone else can find it and love it. 8mo
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Burpito
Cat's Cradle | Kurt Jr. Vonnegut
Mehso-so

Kurt sure do be working through his post war trauma in all his writings. Also he's very horny in this one

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BookwormM
Cat's Cradle: A Novel | Kurt Vonnegut
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#Reading1001

Vonnegut is not for me while I can appreciate that this was an interesting story I didn‘t love it and fail to understand the cult status.

Interesting parallels about how scientists inventing things to allow their countries army to win a war end up with the potential to destroy the war.

The world is ended by a series of cock ups and cover ups gone wrong.

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CallMeIshmael
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My summer of Vonnegut continues and I am still wrapping my brain around this one, but I loved it! As I get older I gain perspective with different authors but Vonnegut always surprises me and makes me feel things that I still need to feel.

britt_brooke I reread this recently, too! 1y
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Eggs 👏🏻🖤⚪️☑️👌🏼 2y
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The_Penniless_Author
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Reread this not long after watching The Prisoner, and was struck by the similar themes, specifically fear and disdain for the breakneck pace at which humanity pursues technological advances without stopping to consider their potential impact. Not surprising, given both were released in the aftermath of the Cuban Missle Crisis. An incredibly funny book, as all good social critiques should be. If I ever find religion, I'll be a Bokononist for sure!

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A nihilistic exploration of humanity, world destruction, science, technology, war. Oh, and there‘s that irreverent religious movement, Bokononism. I‘m always down for some religious satire. This has all the Vonnegut elements we love and expect: absurdity, dark humor, and hard truths. Absolutely one of his best! #reread

Leftcoastzen Yes , indeed! 2y
AvidReader25 This is one of my absolute favorites of his! If you‘re ever in Indianapolis you‘ll have to check out the Kurt Vonnegut museum! 2y
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britt_brooke @AvidReader25 I definitely need to get up there! I have a ton of family in Indianapolis, but I haven‘t been in years. 2y
AvidReader25 @britt_brooke I live here. They‘ve done an incredible job with the museum! Indy Reads Bookstore is another awesome so if you‘re in town! 2y
britt_brooke @AvidReader25 I‘ll remember that - thank you! 2y
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qchammer
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Vonnegut never disappoints. You can tell he lived an interesting life just through his books. He writes simply and conveys profoundly

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GatheringBooks
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EadieB Great quote! Love all the food! 2y
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TheSpineView
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OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 2y
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Libby1
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This is a begrudging Pick from me.

It is possibly the end of the world as we know it, but does anyone feel fine? Populated with tin pot dictators, an unlikely clarinet virtuoso, grubby capitalists, & a noble ambassador it has the makings of a literary treat.

Vonnegut is a master; an absolute genius; but I didn‘t connect this time with the ridiculous, simultaneously depressing yet uplifting stream that I think usually runs through his work.👇

Libby1 And that cover!!! 🤩 2y
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charl08
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JanuarieTimewalker13 Oooh, I‘ve been meaning to try Tiptree, who is really a woman, I believe. Could be wrong. 2y
charl08 @JanuarieTimewalker13 they all look tempting 🤩 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Oh, I didn‘t even notice the article link!! Haha!! I‘ll check it out! 2y
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wo.ai.ni
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I remember, when I first saw this book on Goodreads I imagined it to be a light hearted comedy novel. I couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised. This book was very intellectually humorous and witty with addition of politics, religion, and science into the most credulous fictitious world that I've ever come across. I definitely reccomend this to everyone. #bookspin #bookspinbingo #bookspinaugust #cat #cradle #catscradle
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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wo.ai.ni
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This is my first time doing #bookspin and I'm really excited! This list looks really, REALLY long, but I'm excited, nevertheless. @TheAromaofBooks thank you so much for hosting the challenge and patiently explaining it to me!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Glad to have you along!!! 2y
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Rachel.Rencher
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Next up 🤓

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HufflepuffGirl90
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TheAromaofBooks I still haven't read any Vonnegut. Sorry you didn't care for him - but not every book is for everybody!! 2y
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HufflepuffGirl90
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Looking forward to my #june2020tbr
All of these are #newtomeauthor and #newtomebooks

2Birds by Tom Franciskovich
Nightmare Asylum by Sonia Kilvington
The Black Book by Tarek Alduaji
Fallen Angels by JC Seal
Earth Angel by Chris Stevenson
An Uneasy Alliance by Kyra Radcliff
A Trade in Tears by Samantha Shiye
The Automation by B.L.A. and G.B. Gabbler
Cat‘s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Well Met by Jen DeLuca

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nosferatu
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💣❄️👍 (Not a Bokononist review.)

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AshleyHoss820
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Vonnegut is a trip. This isn‘t my favorite (It‘s still Breakfast of Champions) but I loved it all the same. This is another zany book, I couldn‘t even BEGIN to tell you the plot. 165/1,001 #1001Books

vivastory This is one of my favorite Vonneguts. Love it! 3y
AshleyHoss820 @vivastory I did too! The end was fantastic! 3y
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1001BooksPodcast
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This one was marvelously weird. What a wild ride! #1001books #googleplay #applepodcasts #soundcloud

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SaniyyahK
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This is not one of my favorites by Vonnegut. Maybe I am not in the right frame of mind to read it...? The purpose of some of the characters was lost to me. I will always love his style of writing, it‘s fast and comical. The ending was good and brought the book together nicely. I will probably read it again to try to get a better understanding of the characters.

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FountainOfWords
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Mummy loves the books, I love the box 😻

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SaniyyahK
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“What is the secret of life?” I asked.
“I forgot.” Sandra said.
“Protein,” the bartender declared. “They found out something about protein.”

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Carolyn11215
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Loved this satirical book about the end of the world, brought on inadvertently by the children of one of the creators of the atom bomb, and a religion created by a Calypso singer.

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OrangeMooseReads
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1. Any Vonnegut really.
2. Toy Story 4
3. Lemon 🍋 (salad with lemony dressing, lemon desserts, etc)
4. 24 (not including spouses) but only 22 living.
5. Aye aye cap‘n
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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AMVP
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Mehso-so

A lot bleaker than Sirens, and perhaps less profound as a result. A brisk read, certainly, and a fine warning against humanity's worser instincts.

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AMVP
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suzisteffen
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I woke up to discover that this little #catoflitsy had been out all night. OOPS! (Pic from earlier in the week.) Sorry, Oliver!

suzisteffen Luckily his non-sibling sister woke me up at 5 am asking to go out, so there was a kitty trade. 4y
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OrangeMooseReads
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1. It was 2000 so I‘m going to go with Eminem and Dr Dre
2. Cancer
3. Vonnegut. Made me love a while new genre.
4. @britt_brooke my Vonnegut sister 😁
#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

britt_brooke 🤗🤗🤗 4y
Eggs Vonnegut is one-of-a-kind 4y
OrangeMooseReads @Eggs yes he was 4y
TheKidUpstairs Yay! A fellow '82 baby? 4y
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Apolasky
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Panpan

This was my first Vonnegut. Boy was I disappointed! Definitely not what I expected.
This is supposed to be Sci-Fi, and that aspect is way underdeveloped.
Encountering derogatory content almost made me bail on it, but I persisted nonetheless, telling myself it was a short book —that actually took me an eternity to finish.
I did enjoy the commentary on religion –which remains relevant up to this date– so I‘ll give him one more chance.

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Britt_Bratt
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Mostly picked this book for the cover, and because I‘ve wanted to read something by Vonnegut for a while. Glad I picked it up though. It was definitely an interesting read.

zsuzsanna_reads Welcome to Litsy! Vonnegut is one of my favourite authors. 4y
Britt_Bratt He has a unique writing style. It was definitely an interesting read. I‘d love to read another of his. Which of his books is your favorite? @zsuzsanna_reads 4y
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 4y
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Britt_Bratt Thanks, @rather_be_reading! Happy to be here! 🤗🤗 4y
jillannjohn Welcome to Litsy! 4y
Confused_child_of_the_universe Read this last year, he is so talented 4y
Confused_child_of_the_universe And welcome to Litsy! 4y
Britt_Bratt @Confused_child_of_the_universe Yeah it was a good read. Only rated it so-so because it didn‘t grab my attention like other books have. But he‘s a talented writer, and I want to read another by him. Also, thanks! 😊😊 4y
Britt_Bratt @zsuzsanna_reads I‘ll check that one out next time. Thanks for the rec! 4y
BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 4y
Britt_Bratt @Chelleo thanks for the helpful links. I‘ll be on the lookout for some challenges! 4y
Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 4y
CoffeeNBooks I love Vonnegut! Welcome to Litsy! 📚 4y
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 4y
Cinfhen Still haven‘t read Vonnegut 🙄 4y
Erofan Welcome 📚💕 4y
Smrloomis Welcome! 🥳 I still haven‘t read him either @Cinfhen ☹️ (edited) 4y
Cinfhen Is it terrible to admit, I don‘t even want to @Smrloomis ?!??! 😉 4y
Smrloomis @Cinfhen no judgment 😂 4y
Oblomov26 Oh I love Vonnegut- never has someone understood the insanity of life, yet managed to smile and whisper in your ear, do your best, try to be kind, nothing else matters. 4y
wordzie Welcome to Litsy! 🙌 📚 4y
britt_brooke Vonnegut is one of my favorite authors! 💚 I just finished rereading Slaughterhouse-Five. This month marks the 50th anniversary of its publication. 4y
Britt_Bratt @britt_brooke And what better way to celebrate it‘s anniversary than by reading it? I‘d better get to it! 4y
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madamereadsalot1
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vivastory I need to reread this one, it's wild 4y
madamereadsalot1 @vivastory I read it for the first time last year and it totally became my favorite Vonnegut so far. Left me with a terrible book hangover! 4y
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Exbrarian
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#manicmonday @JoScho

Cat‘s Cradle
Smila‘s Sense of Snow
Blood Bank - Bon Iver

batsy Good book pick! 4y
JoScho 💙💙💙 4y
OrangeMooseReads Excellent book pick 👍🏼 4y
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starlight97
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1️⃣ I just didn't get the humor
2️⃣ Either pack or buy
3️⃣ Can't think of anything specific, but I've had several embarrassing drunk moments 😆
4️⃣ Cooking food, burning incense sticks, skin disinfectant 🖤
5️⃣ Black Child or Black 44, both sound awesome!
@howjessreads #friyayintro

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OrangeMooseReads
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1. Michigan
2. Taylor Jenkins Reid
3. I lost count after 500 (physical, ebooks, and audio)
4. Bed
5. Anything Kurt Vonnegut Jr. especially the tagged it‘s my favorite of the ones I‘ve read so far.
#littenintro @tessavi

tessavi Thanks, I haven't read anything by him yet. 4y
Wife #mittenlitten ! ❤️ 4y
OrangeMooseReads @Wife 👍🏼👍🏼 4y
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LiterRohde
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“The puzzle is how to get Marines out of the mud...”

This quote is an example of how the world could end through ignorance, not evil. I had a lot of fun stitching together quotes from the book to hopefully show the folly of ‘ice-nine‘.

Please read the comments below for the full quote. Sorry it‘s so long. I spent too much time on it and thought it was so good, I had to include the whole thing.

#QuotsyJan19 | 5: #Ice

📷: Made with Typorama

LiterRohde “The puzzle is how to get Marines out of the mud...There are several ways...in which certain liquids...can freeze...And suppose...that there were one form, which we will call ‘ice-nine‘...with a melting point of...one-hundred degrees Fahrenheit...[And] suppose...that one Marine had with him a tiny capsule containing a seed of ‘ice-nine‘... 4y
LiterRohde If that Marine threw that seed into the nearest puddle...[it]...And all the muck...And the pools and the streams...[And] the rivers and lakes...And the oceans...They‘d freeze...And the United States Marines would rise from the swamp and march on!” 4y
madamereadsalot1 My favorite Vonnegut! 4y
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TK-421 Well done! 👏👏👏 ❤️ Vonnegut 4y
LiterRohde @madamereadsalot1 @TK-421 I have not read this yet. But it is now on my radar. That‘s another thing about searching for quotes on my Kindle. I find these gems I already own. So many books I already own and haven‘t read! 4y
gradcat So good! 😊 4y
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brandybear22
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Inauguration of Janet Mills (first governor Maine who isn‘t a man). Excellent speech- making a lighthearted jab at Strom Thurmond, and hailing Vonnegut, by creating an office of innovation and the future.

“Look, I‘ll tell you. It‘s one thing that no cabinet had ever had, is a secretary of the future. And there are no plans at all for my grandchildren and my great grandchildren.” Kurt Vonnegut, 2005 PBS interview.

kgriffith She was speaking when I left hannaford, I stayed in the car when I got home to listen to the end. 4y
brandybear22 @kgriffith finally, a governor from Franklin County! 4y
kgriffith @brandybear22 first from Franklin county, first woman, and oldest governor elected in Maine, as well, which I didn‘t know. Triple threat 😏 4y
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Ruthiella
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I love Vonnegut‘s dark sense of humor and resigned pessimism about the human race. Cat‘s Cradle is about the end of the world and Bokononism, the most accommodating religions ever. Many of the users on Litsy are probably members of my karass😀. I don‘t exactly know if it was published in #December1963 but it was at least published that year!
#WinterWonderland

TrishB What a great summary 👍🏻 4y
Cinfhen I‘m not a fan of satire 🤨😬 so this was a bail for me 😝 4y
Ruthiella @TrishB Thanks 😊 4y
Ruthiella @Cinfhen On the plus side you can safely say his books are not for you and concentrate on other books! 😀 4y
Cinfhen Like that spin!! I seem almost heroic 💚🙌🏻😂 4y
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andrew61
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#winterwonderland #frozen
This was Vonnegut's satire upon the arms race post ww2 and the destruction of the world that nuclear weapons would cause by the discoveries of scientists. In ice nine a substance is created to make war easier by freezing anything it comes in contact with thus preventing solidiers struggling through mud instead the oceans freeze. Satire at its best.

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Echo
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God made mud.
God got lonesome.
So God said to some of the mud “Sit up!”
“See all I‘ve made,” said God “the hills, the sea, the sky, the stars.”
And I was some of the mud that got to sit up and look around.
Lucky me, lucky mud.
I mud, sat up and saw what a nice job God had done.
Nice going, God!

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Suchethaaahh
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Currently Reading.
Weekends and a good book.
So much to laugh and so much to learn.
Its not about Cat.
Fun.

#xoxoAllTheWayFromIndia

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Echo
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Sushi and Vonnegut

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Suchethaaahh
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"Dr. Hoenikker used to say that any scientist who couldn't explain to an eighth-year-old what he was doing was a charlatan. "

"Then I'm dumber than an eight-year-old," Miss Pefko mourned. "I don't even know what a charlatan is."

#ThisBookIsGood
#DarkHumour

#xoxoAllTheWayFromIndia

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m108i01
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does anybody wanted to have that crystals ?)))

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SleepyDragon
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1. No. The only thing that changes with the seasons is my clothing choices.
2. Cat's Cradle
3. Night Owl
4. Left-handed
#sundaysurvey @alisonrose

alisonrose Thanks for playing! 4y
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