Rock The Cradle

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One of the books that has impressed me the most is "Cat's Cradle", by Kurt Vonnegut. This book moved me because at the time I read this book I was going through some times in which I was really questioning religion a lot. This was no random thing. I was raised in a very strict Evangelical family that's main concern was and still is to achieve "salvation". My family follows it's theory blindly without giving any possibility of a doubt that we are all different, and all have different value systems, and that because one person's value system is different from an other that does not make either right or wrong, or good or bad; just different. The context of this novel moved me because it answered a question I was asking myself: is there one true religion? This novel is about John, or Jonah as he prefers to be called.

He is also the narrator in his, at what first appears to be, research to gather information for his book, The Day the World Ended. It was going to be about events in the lives of well-known individuals on August 6, 1945, the day the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. The focal point of the story later transforms and Vonnegut raises questions about religion as Bokonism, a religion founded by a man named Bokonon, enters the novel. Jonah becomes a follower of this religion so he is constantly informing the reader of Bokonon ideas and principles, which are basically that all religions are founded on lies. Because Bokonon is a fictional character, these are the words of Vonnegut himself. Whether these are the authors true viewpoints I don't know but Vonnegut does question the validity of religion down to it's foundations. Vonnegut quotes...