Personally signed and dated by Vonnegut on his birthday (11/11/04) with a self-portrait sketch. "One of Kurt Vonnegut's most continuously inventive and delightfully complex novels, "Cat's Cradle" makes a mockery of science, religion, patriotism, sexeverything; and it concludes in the only way it possibly can, with the End of the World" (Science Fiction 100 Best). Chosen by the Modern Library as one of the best 100 novels of the 20th century.In 1971, the University of Chicago awarded Vonnegut his Master's degree in anthropology for Cat's Cradle. New York, Chicago, San Francisco, 1963. An Octavo with original half green cloth and first printing dust jacket. A desirable signed and dated copy with a self-portrait. Personally signed by Vonnegut in blue ink directly onto the title page with a self-portrait and dated "11/11/04". Lifetime Guarantee of Signature Authenticity Personally hand signed by the author directly into the book. The autograph is not a facsimile, stamp, or auto-pen. This item will arrive with a letter of authenticity.
Housed in a custom hand-made Asahi linen clam-shell box with gilded red leather label and lined with custom hand-made marble paper. Condition: The book is in ideal Fine condition. A wonderful bright clean copy, unread with a tight spine, and free of any marks, writings or stamps. No attached bookplates or indication of any removed.
Sharp corners that are not bumped. This book stands out as having had exemplary care. The original first printing dust-jacket is in Near Fine condition with one short closed tear to top center of front cover and one to head of spine. Tiny chips to two extremities. The graphics are clear and not faded.The dust-jacket is now protected in a new Mylar sleeve. All photos of actual item. Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most influential writers of his generation.
Known for his dark humor, pessimism and sharp edge, he was the author of 14 novels - notably Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five and Breakfast of Champions - and other works of fiction and nonfiction. His stories of human folly and cruelty have been assigned reading for at least two decades in college literature classes around the world! Most readers interested in the fantastic in literature are familiar with Kurt Vonnegut, particularly for his uses of science fiction. Many of his early short stories were wholly in the science fiction mode, and while its degree has varied, science fiction has never lost its place in his novels. ABOUT CAT'S CRADLE Cat's Cradle, one of Vonnegut's most entertaining novels, is filled with scientists and G-men and even ordinary folks caught up in the game.
These assorted characters chase each other around in search of the world's most important and dangerous substance, a new form of ice that freezes at room temperature. At one time, this novel could probably be found on the bookshelf of every college kid in America; it's still a fabulous read and a great place to start if you're young enough to have missed the first Vonnegut craze. Cat's Cradle is the fourth novel by American writer Kurt Vonnegut, first published in 1963.
It explores issues of science, technology, and religion, satirizing the arms race and many other targets along the way. After turning down his original thesis, in 1971 the University of Chicago awarded Vonnegut his Master's degree in anthropology for Cat's Cradle. The title of the book derives from the string game cat's cradle.Early in the book it is learned that Felix Hoenikker (a fictional co-inventor of the atom bomb) was playing cat's cradle when the bomb was dropped, and the game is later referenced by his son, Newton Hoenikker. From Publishers Weekly 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 connector reconnectwith a classic text whose thematic elementsnuclear terror, the complications of science, American imperialism, global capitalism and the role of religion in public lifeare 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 Vonnegutwho died April 11, 2007discusses how his life shaped his literary craft. The item "Kurt Vonnegut CAT'S CRADLE First Edition Signed Dated with Self-Portrait F/NF" is in sale since Tuesday, March 04, 2014.
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