Cat's Cradle
by Kurt Vonnegut.
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American Library Association2010The Strongsville, Ohio School Board (1972) voted to withdraw this title from the school library; this action was overturned in 1976 by a U.S. District Court in Minarcini v. Strongsville City School District, 541 F. 2d 577 (6th Cir. 1976). Challenged at Merrimack, NH High School (1982).
Book Summary2011Jonah, a journalist, goes to Ilium, N. Y., the manufacturing city where the late Felix Hoenikker lived, to write a book about that eccentric scientist and his invention of an atom bomb and of a crystal named ice-nine that will freeze anything aqueous with which it comes in contact. On a magazine assignment Jonah next goes to the Latin American island nation of San Lorenzo. There he learns of the black adventurer and ex-soldier Earl McCabe, who was the land's autocratic ruler until superseded by Papa Monzano, a dictator, who has been aided by Hoenikker's son Franklin. Jonah learns too of another black ex-soldier, Lionel Boyd Johnson, who has become the people's spiritual leader by the creation of a religion called Bokononism and the preaching of “foma,” useful lies. ("Cat's Cradle" The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature. James D. Hart. Oxford University Press, 1986. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Middlesex School. 9 April 2009 )
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