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Discover new books on Goodreads. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Join Goodreads. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Raluca Popescu trad. Smartarse 's review Sep 09, Originally published as Cat's Cradle. John had "only" wanted to write an account of the day the atomic bomb had dropped over Hiroshima. He had been diligently gathering data for it, even going so far as contacting the chief scientist's youngest son.
And what a story that avenue had revealed! He's a Bokononist now. A much more sarcastic, realistic-sounding, but also a shameless lie of a religion. The perfect one, actually, for his current situation I had heard of this book, back when I first joined GoodReads. I swear, absolutely everyone and their pet chihuahua was reading it, had read, or was planning to do so in the near future.
This of course, gave me enough reason to avoid it more eagerly than the plague. I have never been good at literary analysis, nor at reading profound message between the lines, so COUNT! And since I did buy it, I might as well read it. A year later. It was Sort of similar to the Alice in Wonderland brand of weirdness, but without the talking animals, or flamingo croquet bats. And a whole lot more science. That is to say, talk about how everything is all science, and thus perfectly easy to understand.
Or at least, it should be. Breed looked just a little peeved. At least give us credit for that. Even though the author and Bokonon warns us at the beginning, that it is in fact a religion based on shameless lies, I couldn't help but nod along to every Calypso, or anecdote, that the narrator would cite.
Score: 4. I don't mean to say that it was necessarily poor. Truth be told, I actually suspect the problem may lie with me, who reads much more in English. That, and the fact that I grasp double-entendres much easier in English. This is why I'm still unsure what rating I should give this book. On the one hand, I read it very fast, and without getting too bored. Heck, I even liked its religion a lot, and could see myself adopting it Reading Progress. Jan 08, AM. I hope you will convert to Vonnegutism and read more by the author.
Still, it is better to read it in the original language. Smartarse last edited Jan 08, PM new - rated it 4 stars. I'll definitely read more of Vonnegut, although future books will not be translations. Oh the translation wasn't bad by any means. It was easy to read and follow. It's just that the comedic aspects of the language were much easier "spotted" in the original English version.
IMO the translation could only keep the situational humor. Add a reference: Book Author. Search for a book to add a reference. We take abuse seriously in our discussion boards.
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