'Cat's Cradle': discussion, Chapters 30 through 60


Now that we're nearly halfway through Cat's Cradle, the pieces should be coming together, and we should know where the narrative is going? So, the question is, do we?

Vonnegut's narrator seemingly gives up on his Hoenikker biography and, just as he flies to San Lorenzo on an "unrelated" assignment he meets up with the Hoenikker children he's been searching for previously. He also begins to be, as he describes it, "drawn to" Bokononism, and we learn a bit more about the religion as he does. He learns, for instance, of the karass of just people — the duprass — in the form of the elderly Mintons; and the granfalloon or false karass.

Speaking of the granfalloon, Vonnegut describes it thusly:

"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."

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