Cat's Cradle - Chapters 78-88 Summary & Analysis

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Chapters 78-88 Summary

When Bokonon and his faithful sidekick Corporal McCabe arrived on the impoverished island of San Lorenzo, the first thing they did was kick out all the priests. Bokonon, a.k.a. Lionel Johnson, determined that truth was the enemy of the people. The truth was that they were poor, sick, malnourished and disfigured, and things were unlikely to get better. Bokonon set about creating better and better lies.

Bokonon asked McCabe to outlaw Bokononism to provide more zest, more tang, by intensifying the struggle between good and evil on the island. When he did, an unforeseen thing happened. When they arrived on the island, both Bokonon and McCabe were part good and part bad, like most people. After McCabe outlawed Bokonon, his good side began to wither away, while Bokonon's bad side shrank. Soon, McCabe was entirely evil while Bokonon was...

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