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'A major novelist, and a major novel' Sunday Telegraph 'Resonate with our fears ... very moving' London Review of Books 'In a line-up of literary originals, Kurt Vonnegut would have to start apart ... He is brave, clever, honest, and wise beyond the gags' Irish Times A superb new addition to the Masterworks list.
Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) Born in 1922, Vonnegut was a prisoner of war in Dresden, Germany, during the saturation bombing which devastated the city near the end of the Second World War, an experience which formed the basis for the novel which made him a world-wide bestseller, Slaughterhouse-Five. Cat's Cradle, first published in 1963, is his third novel.
Vonnegut's 1963 satirical science fiction novel still manages to pack a powerfully subversive punch. The new audio release offers listeners an excellent opportunity to connect--or reconnect--with a classic text whose thematic elements--nuclear terror, the complications of science, American imperialism, global capitalism and the role of religion in public life--are remarkably relevant to our 21st-century landscape. The story line centers on a young writer's quest to research the history of the atomic bomb, which leads to a bizarre political soap opera and apocalyptic showdown on the shores of a seedy banana republic in the Caribbean. Tony Roberts brings tremendous energy to his reading, projecting a sardonic tone perfectly suited to Vonnegut. His portrayals of the principal male figures sometimes take the form of interchangeable over-the-top carnival barkers, but given the essence of the material, such a unnuanced approach can be understood and appreciated. The audiobook includes a 2005 interview in which Vonnegut--who died April 11, 2007--discusses how his life shaped his literary craft. (Nov.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.