Kurt Vonnegut – Cat’s Cradle

Regen im Wiener Prater, Regenschirme, Riesenrad, Atmosphäre

„That’s why she married him. She said his mind was tuned to the biggest music there was, the music of the stars.“ He shook his head. „Crap.“

I guess „Cat’s Cradle“ can be called an American classic. It starts as an attempt to write a strange biography about the so called father of the atomic bomb (fictional Felix Hoenikker). The narrator is on a journey to find the family and visit people who worked with him. His journey leads him to the country San Lorenzo where he not only finds a strange kind of love but also the Hoenikker family in all their strangeness.

In San Lorenzo the narrator is getting to know a religion named „Bokononism“. It’s illegal but eventually he finds out that everyone on the island follows the mysterious man named Bokonon who is chased by San Lorenzos president Papa Monzano.

While writing this I have to say that it’s worthless to describe the storyline. If you can live with strange stories that don’t care about limits imposed by sheer physics. The story introduces a lot of interesting theories about religion and politics and Bokonon’s quotes have the qualities of the wisdom of a true spiritual leader.

Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.

It was the first book that I read on the iPad Kindle App and the experience was satisfying. I love the „popular highlights“ functions of the Kindle App and the possibility to add my own notes and copy these. Although I had to type the quotes because it’s not possible to copy text from the book. But at least I can add my own notes right on the iPad and copy them to MarsEdit for the blog post afterwards. And of course the built-in dictionary is wonderful for reading books in a foreign language. I think I’ll try a spanish book soon.

„Everything must have a purpose?“ asked God.
„Certainly“, said man.
„Then I leave it to you to think of one for all this,“ said God. And He went away.