Thursday, May 31, 2007

Vonnegut revisited

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (11 November 1922 – 11 April 2007) died only last month. I rarely read fiction, but as zah-mah-ki-bo would have it, of late I've been revisiting the authors of my youth. First there was James Baldwin, now Vonnegut. I have just re-read Cat's Cradle after 35 years. I've forgotten a lot, but I'm willing to bet this is one of his conceptually richest novels, probably in the top two. See my synopsis and commentary (packed with spoilers throughout):

Revisiting Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle

Vonnegut was also honorary president of the American Humanist Asssociation.

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