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Kurt Vonnegut, Jr

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr


Author: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr

Dates: 11 November 1922 – 11 April 2007

Nationality: American

Title of Book: Cat’s Cradle

When I was a younger man – two wives ago, 250,000 cigarettes ago, 3000 quarts of booze ago …

When I was a much younger man, I began to collect material for a book to be called The Day the World Ended.

The book was to be factual.

The book was to be an account of what important Americans had done on the day when the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.

It was to be a Christian book. I was a Christian then.

I am a Bokononist now.

I would have been a Bokononist then, if there had been anyone to teach me the bittersweet lies of Bokonon. But Bokononism was unknown beyond the gravel beaches and coral knives that ring this little island in the Caribbean Sea, the Republic of San Lorenzo.

We Bokononists believe that humanity is organised into teams, teams that do God’s will without ever discovering what they are doing. Such a team is called a karass by Bokonon, and the instrument, the kan-kan, that brought me into my own particular karass was the book I never finished, the book to be called The Day the World Ended.

Brief Biography: Vonnegut was a writer. His work blended satire, gallows humour and science fiction.