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What I am reading

this is the highly subjective way I read and interpret literature

(the emphasis lies on literature, so you'll only find a couply of trashy readings here and there)

Currently reading

Der Große Weg hat kein Tor
Masanobu Fukuoka, Ronald Steinmeyer, Cecile Sprenger
Progress: 56/180 pages
The Undying Fire
H.G. Wells
Progress: 33 %
Fifty Egg Timer Short Stories
Richard Bunning

Nice, Nice, Very Nice

Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut

"Nothing in this book is true."

I guess, this must be my favorite first sentence of all time!

 

Cat’s Cradle is supposed to be a book about the day, on which the world ended, but in fact it is a book about many things – the atomic bomb, science, humans, dictatorship, fear, history, power, death, love, the apocalypse, life and religion. All of this crammed into less than 200 pages and filled to the top with satire and a lot of (black) humour. By inventing Bokononism as the forbidden religion of a forsaken island in the Caribbean, which everyone on the island is practising nevertheless, Vonnegut demonstrates in a very simple way the arbitrariness of beliefs. Or in his own words:

"Anyone unable to understand how a useful religion can be founded on lies will not understand this book either."

 

What can I say? I love Vonnegut and I think that because he is mainly considered to be "only" a Science-Fiction writer, he is massively underestimated and overlooked.