Why this book?
Kurt Vonnegut is my favorite writer of political fiction because he makes me laugh, even as he describes a totally screwed-up world. He grounds the reader in an absurd reality and then has his characters either ignore this reality or overcome it through bizarre means. Vonnegut is intolerant of greed and selfishness and violence, making all of these seem absurd in the extreme, then he takes us back through his sublimely creative fiction to simple truths. He gives his readers a wonderful gift: hope based ultimately on our humanness, humility, and sense of humor.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
One of America's greatest writers gives us his unique perspective on our fears of nuclear annihilation
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 eccentric children, to a crazed dictator in the Caribbean, to…