Study Guide

Cat's Cradle Chapter 60

By Kurt Vonnegut

Chapter 60

An Underprivileged Nation

  • As seen from the air, San Lorenzo has one city, the capital, Bolivar. Some mountains too.
  • The city was made of "twigs, tin, crates, and mud" when Bokonon and McCabe found it (60.8). With the exception of some new buildings around the waterfront, it still is.
  • San Lorenzo is just that poor of an island with that large of a population.
  • How bad is it? Once, McCabe and Johnson decided to split the country's total income between every citizen. Each share came to something between six and seven dollars.