Posts Tagged ‘Satire’

Cat’s Cradle

In Novel on October 15, 2004 at 12:48 am

cats-thumb.jpgCat’s Cradle (1963)
by Kurt Vonnegut

It’s Kurt Vonnegut again (I read his brilliant Slaughterhouse-Five before), and it’s the same crazy, fast paced entertaining satirical sci-fi story. This time it’s satire on Cold War and religion. It’s always very difficult to give synopsis of his book as the plot and situation tend to get very crazy. It never ceased to amaze me how Kurt Vonnegut can deliver a simple narrative of something that is actually very intricate, full of complex elements and agendas.

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In Novel on September 25, 2004 at 1:13 am

catch_22-thumb.jpgCatch-22 (1955)
by Joseph Heller

Great book! A darkly humorous story about the insanity of war and the absurdity of military bureaucracy. Set near the end of WWII at an American military based at Italy, a bombardier named Yossarian tries everyway to scheme his way out of war as he saw no way out of the never-ending dangerous flying missions. Yossarian insanely (or was he the actual sane one?) claimed that everybody tries to kill him and all he wanted was saving his own skin. Each chapter is told from alternating characters’ point of views. Slowly the out of sequence narrative reveals how Yossarian came about this state and what he’d eventually end up doing (and yes you’d eventually root for him as THE hero even though his self-preservation seem very un-heroic at first).

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