Cat's cradle: A Novel

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&;A free-wheeling vehicle . . . an unforgettable ride!&;&;The New York Times Cat&;s Cradle is Kurt 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 the twentieth century&;s most important works&;and Vonnegut at his very best.&;[Vonnegut is] an unimitative and inimitable social satirist.&;&;Harper&;s Magazine &;Our finest black-humorist . . . We laugh in self-defense.&;&;Atlantic Monthly
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End of the world -- Fiction
Humorous fiction
Satire
Science fiction
title_displayCat's cradle
title_fullCat's Cradle A Novel
Cat's cradle / Kurt Vonnegut
Cat's cradle [electronic resource] / Kurt Vonnegut
Cat's cradle [electronic resource] / Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
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End of the world
Fiction
Humor (Fiction)
Science Fiction