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I just finished Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, and I thought I'd use the opportunity to play with the new "search inside" feature on Amazon (Wired News: The Great Library of Amazonia). This isn't a review as much as it is a guide to some of my favorite moments of humor in the book, as well as a list of Bokonism keywords to play with the new search feature. This is my first attempt at this, so please feel free to point out problems or offer suggestions.

Note: If you haven't read the book, this guide won't be of much use to you, and it will certainly spoil the book.

Chapter 11, What is the secret of life? (page 24, page 25)

Chapter 18, Pure research (page 41)

"Here, and shockingly few other places in this country, men are paid to increase knowledge, to work toward no end but that..."

Chapter 19, Researchers (page 42)

". . . YOU MEAN,- I said to Dr. Breed, "that no- body in this Laboratory is ever told what to work on? Nobody even suggests what they work on?" "People suggest things all the time, but it isn't in the nature of a pure-research man . . ."

Chapter 45, Why Americans are hated (page 95)

Chapter 59, Pissants (page 129, page 130)

Chapter 73, Some day this will all be yours (page 162)

Chapter 74, Cat's cradle (page 165, page 166)

Chapter 76, Meaningless (page 168, page 169)

Chapter 87, Paper rectum (page 194)

Chapter 88, Maturity (page 198)

Chapter 92, Boko-maru (page 205, page 206)

The Fourteenth book
on Page 245:
"What can a thoughful man hope for manking?"

"Beware of the man.."
on Page 281:
"Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds him- self no wiser than before," Bokonon tells us. "He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way"

Bokonism dictionary


". . . A wampeter is the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us, just as no wheel is without a hub. . . ."

". . . it was in the tombstone salesroom that I had my first vin-dit, a Bokononist word meaning a sudden, very personal shove in the direction of Bokononism, in the direction of believing . . ."

". . . they read, random recollections of times gone by. They were, I think, a flawless example of what Bokonon calls a duprass, which is a karass composed of only two per- sons. "A true duprass, " Bokonon tells us, "can't be in- . . ."

". . . not seen Krebbs since. Nonetheless, I sense that he was my karass. If he was, he served it as a wrang- wrang. A wrang-wrang, according to Bokonon, is a per- son who steers people away from a line of speculation by . . ."

"Fate -- inevitable destiny"

". . . Hazel's obsession with Hoosiers around the world was a textbook example of a false karass, of a seeming team that was meaningless in terms of the ways God gets things done, a textbook example of what Bokonon calls a granfalloon. Other examples of granfalloons are the Communist Party, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the General Electric Company, the International Order of Odd Fellows -- and any nation, anytime, anywhere."

duffle and stuppa
Duffle, in the Bokononist sense, is the destiny of thousands upon thousands of persons when placed in the hands of a stuppa. A stuppa is a fogbound child


". . . the belief that God was running my life and that He had work for me to do. And, inwardly, I sarooned, which is to say that I acquiesced to the seeming demands of my vin-dit.


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