A bookreport done on the novel Cat's Cradle written by Kurt Vonnegut.

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Book Report: Cat's Cradle

The title of this book is Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut and it is a genre known as dark satire. This book has a first-person major perspective, through the eyes of an author by the name of Jonah, who wanted to write a biography on the father of the nuclear bomb, Felix Hoenikker. But while he was doing his research, he stumbled upon a weird adventure which led him into becoming the President of the country San Lorenzo. Along the way, we see how a religion called Bokonon affected the behavior of several characters. Not only so, but we see how man's naturally tendency of selfishness and madness would end up as their own demise and sadness. Personally, I enjoyed this book since it used a very interesting and clever way to show man's true nature. The plot was quite enjoyable just as well, along with its unique humour.

So I would definitely recommend this book to anybody.

The story took place in several different cities, but there are two main places in which Jonah was most of the time; the country of San Lorenzo and the town of Ilium, New York. Ilium was an infinitesimal town, a place where everyone knew each other, the type of place where you can get from one end to another on a bicycle in no time. The only problem though was that it had a gloomy atmosphere to it. It wasn't like any normal small town, people do not gossip about one another, in fact, there was hardly any communication among civilians at all. They had their own privacy and didn't like sharing anything with anyone. In some sense, they seem to dislike each others. Each family seemed to be isolated from each other, just like the Hoenikker...