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Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (REVIEW)

A Critic’s Meta-Review: 4/5

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (REVIEW)

I am so glad that this book exists if only to serve as a reference point for me when analyzing human behavior. I can now confidently enter and exit any discussion regarding politics, religion, sports, music — pretty much any aspect of culture — with the full knowledge that I am likely going to be facing someone who is deeply embedded in a granfalloon of some sort.

Equally valuable to me is the ability to discern who is a member of my karass, an ability which has only sharpened in the years since I first read this book (and by years I mean a little over one year). This has proved to be immensely useful when determining which of the many acquaintances I have gathered during my trek through this byzantine charade is worth keeping in contact with, as my primary concern at this point in my life is carrying out God’s will; I simply do not have the time, nor the energy, to spend engaging with those who are not also a part of that mission.

Now, the wampeter around which my karass is centered is a little ambiguous. I used to think that it was a guitar, but I have since realized that this was more of a granfalloon. Ditto for pot, ditto for avocados.

I now believe that the wampeter is likely much more abstract and far less tangible. It is more of a concept than an object. What it is, I am not sure of yet, but I have an idea. And I’ve written many calypsos based on this very idea, most of which are sitting in my old work notepad (received at a job from which I was let go before the conclusion of the training period), collecting cat scratches and cigarette ashes (not from me, though, as I kicked the habit years ago).

In the spirit of Bokonon, I shall share one with you right now:

Sip, sip, sip from the glorious glass chip, chip, chipset laborious tasks now not of docilityNor weakness, nor fragility all have the ability to do this life thing right

So give it all your might don't go gently in the nightStand and put up a good fightCause from your heart the shark will biteGotta learn to use your harpoons and navigate the dark rooms festooned with goons and other marks of doom

If you simply cannot manage to withstand all of the damage then I guess you just give up and wait to croak

Cause death it ain’t no joke bludgeons, it doesn’t poke when it wraps you in its cloakWell…that’s all folks!

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