By Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Cat’s Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical statement on glossy guy and his insanity. An apocalyptic story of this planet’s final destiny, it encompasses a midget because the protagonist, a whole, unique theology created via a calypso singer, and a imaginative and prescient of the longer term that's without delay blackly fatalistic and hilariously humorous. A publication that left an indelible mark on a complete new release of readers, Cat’s Cradle is among the 20th century’s most vital works—and Vonnegut at his very best.
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