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First Impressions of Vonnegut


Vonngehut is very sarcastic. If there is one thing underlying throughout Cat’s Cradle, it is the knowledge that the universe is a Big Damn Mess, and that’s a terrible thing. Vonnegut is all-too-familiar with the fact that we can be a fairly nasty species when we choose to be—and we choose to be quite a lot of the time. In spite of all of this, or perhaps because of it, Vonnegut can’t help but take it all in . . . and laugh. Like most of his works, Cat’s Cradle is a satirical look at the structures and mores that underlie our society and our species, with particular attention paid to politics, science, religion, and all the other lies that make up our lives. By deconstructing these institutions, Vonnegut invites us to appreciate the fact that most of the truths to which we hold fast are really rather silly when examined closely. This is especially hit-home in light of the recent ruling of Malaysian government that upholds the ban on using the term “Allah” by non-Muslims. What utter non-sense that blinds people nowadays. The story in question is the Gospel of the Final Stupidity of Mankind, a doctrine of supreme futility. Brilliant.


2 Responses

  1. A big damn mess, pretty much sums it up.

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