by Kurt Vonnegut
Cat's Cradle Chapter 49 Summary
A Fish Pitched Up By an Angry Sea
- World War I interrupted Bokonon's education. While in the infantry, he was wounded and hospitalized for two years.
- Afterward, he sailed home only to be captured by a German submarine and made prisoner.
- That German submarine was in turn captured by a British destroyer. Bokonon was taken aboard, but that ship didn't make it to its destination either.
- Its steering went out, and it ended up on the Cape Verde Islands.
- He eventually got a job on a fishing trip and made his way to Rhode Island, even though he meant to go to Massachusetts. He got a job as a gardener at a rich man's estate, presumably because he didn't want to chance going to Massachusetts.
- After a spell, the owner of the estate—Remington Rumfoord IV—Invites Bokonon on a worldwide sailing extravaganza. Their ship sinks in the fog.
- Man, this guy should really lay off the traveling.
- As if by habit, Bokonon survives.
- He stays in India for two years before building a schooner and sailing to the Caribbean where he meets Earl McCabe, a Marine deserter.
- The two set sail for Miami. Do they make it?
- What do you think?
- Naturally the ship is blown off course, and they end up on San Lorenzo.
- He came by the name Bokonon while on the island simply because that's how the islanders pronounced "Johnson."
- Good enough for us.
- Castle's book then goes into an aside to discuss the San Lorenzan dialect by translating "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" into San Lorenzan.
- It is, shall we say, illegible.
- Bokonon's schooner does wash ashore and is painted gold. Legend—well, Bokonon's legend at any rate—says the schooner will sail again at the world's end.
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