Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
(COULD BE SPOILERS)
I just finished this book and I was extremely dissapointed to say the least. I've seen it get a lot of good reviews on this forum which was merely the reason I decided to read it. Can someone please explain to me what they thought was so good about it? The story didn't capture me at all and I found it way too unrealistic to relate to even the slightest. I almost felt like I was reading a fairytale of some sort.
It started out pretty good when the narrator was on his "mission" to speak with the Hoenikkers about the day of the bombings. I liked the story a lot as long as he was in the city of Illium. But as soon as Kurt decided to engage "ice-nine" and the republic of San Lorenzo into the story I kind of lost interest in it. The ending was not to my satisfaction either. I felt like he built up this whole story and history behind the republic for a very mediocre ending. I just felt like it was all done in vain.
Sure there were some good points as well; for example the tale of Felix Hoenikker tipping his own wife after breakfast, and the expression that everybody thinks as much, only about different things. Kurt also made his point about that all religions are more or less profounded on lies and that the only thing woth investing time in, and "worshipping" is in fact the human race itself. Still I felt that these good parts weren't enough to justify the whole story.
As I've declared before, I thought the whole history of the fictional island and the characters were thought up in vain, since I found the story itself very mediocre.
Any thoughts on this book? Agreers and disagreers please speak up!
(pardon my english. English is, as you can tell, not my primary language.)
"Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested."
"Jemand musste Josef K. verleumdet haben, denn ohne dass er etwas Böses getan hätte, wurde er eines Morgens verhaftet"