What is bokononism? How do karass, purass, and wampeter figure into it? These ideas are explored in Vonnegut's classic Cat's Cradle. The narrator's quest to meet the family, friends, and former colleagues of the recently deceased creator of the atomic bomb takes him on a journey to an obscure island nation and into the human psyche's obsession for self-destruction. This classic is as funny as it is scary and it is very readable.