Consider This Classic is a monthly feature where bloggers highlight and recommend their favorite classic. They'll tell you when they first read it, why they love it and where to go from there. If you'd like to participate in Consider This Classic, click here to sign up.
Today I've got Cassie from Happy Book Lovers here to recommend her favorite classic. I was excited when I saw that she had submitted a recommendation because it introduced me to her blog. I was immediately a fan, just from the design alone, and then I found out she's been blogging since 2009. This girl has been talking books for a long time, which means there are a lot of awesome posts for you to explore on her blog!
Publication Date: 1963
Originally Published In: United States
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Summary (from Goodreads)
Cat’s Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet’s ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist, a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer, and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny.
A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat’s Cradle is one of the twentieth century’s most important works — and Vonnegut at his very best.
Sophomore year in high school, my teacher was wonderful and we read a lot of books by famous authors, but not their most famous works. Instead, I fell in love with this book. I was the only one in class who loved it as much as I did (I think I was the only one who actually read it).
Reread it again in college and actually spit water at my roommate because of a part I laughed at so hard. Whoops :)
It's kind of an unheard-of classic, which I love. It's satirical, funny (I'm talking raunchy and laugh-out-loud funny), and really thoughtful about human interaction and experiences.
Ella Minnow Pea - it's a fiction epistolary novel set in the same sort of alternate-universe where a society has a ritual they participate in and it's totally normal.
Not really totally similar, but fans of The Importance of Being Earnest (or anything Oscar Wilde) will see similarities with humor style and the general hilarity of the cast of characters.