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by Kurt Vonnegut
John Timeline and Summary
John gets it in his head he needs to write a book on the atomic bomb. He begins a letter correspondence with Newt Hoenikker and learns about Dr. Hoenikker, one of the fathers of the atomic bomb. Ha, letters, how last century. Traveling to Ilium, John furthers his investigation into the Hoenikker family and learns about ice-nine. While on assignment to San Lorenzo, John meets the Crosbys and Mintons. He also learns about the history of San Lorenzo, including the island's religion of Bokononism. He also meets Newt and Angela Hoenikker face-to-face for the first time. What is this, Coincidence Airline? At San Lorenzo, "Papa" Monzano falls ill, and John retires to the Casa Mona. There, he's invited to stay at Frank Hoenikker's house. Frank has something important to tell him but can't make it home just then. John spends the afternoon chitchatting it up with Newt, Angela, and Julian Castle. The next day Frank gives John the big news: he wants John to be the next President of San Lorenzo. As a bonus, the job comes with a guaranteed marriage to Mona Monzano, local island hottie. Frank and John visit "Papa" Monzano to tell him about the switch in future leadership and for the man's last rites. When "Papa" eats Frank's ice-nine, John gets the Hoenikker children to help him clean up the mess so no one ever finds out. Unfortunately, a freak accident during an aerial show sends Monzano's corpse into the ocean. John witnesses ice-nine make an instant Popsicle of the world. He and Mona live in Monzano's oubliette for seven days. When they emerge, Mona commits suicide, and John moves in with the Crosbys, Newt, and Frank. While trying to decide how he should live in this post-apocalyptic world, John runs into Bokonon. Bokonon suggests that someone should write a history of human stupidity. John does so, and it's the book you've just read.