Cat's Cradle (Essential Penguin)

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9780140285604: Cat's Cradle (Essential Penguin)

Told with deadpan humour and bitter irony, Kurt Vonnegut's cult tale of global destruction preys on our deepest fears of witnessing Armageddon and, worse still, surviving it ...

Dr Felix Hoenikker, one of the founding 'fathers' of the atomic bomb, has left a deadly legacy to the world. For he is the inventor of 'ice-nine', a lethal chemical capable of freezing the entire planet. The search for its whereabouts leads to Hoenikker's three ecentric children, to a crazed dictator in the Caribbean, to madness. Felix Hoenikker's Death Wish comes true when his last, fatal gift to mankind brings about the end, that for all of us, is nigh ...

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One of the warmest, wisest, funniest voices to be found anywhere in fiction ( Daily Telegraph)

The time to read Vonnegut is just when you begin to suspect that the world is not what it appears to be. He is not only entertaining, he is electrocuting. You read him with enormous pleasure because he makes your hair stand on end ( New York Times)

Vonnegut has looked the world straight in the eye and never flinched (J. G. Ballard)

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One of America's greatest writers gives us his unique perspective on our fears of nuclear annihilation

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