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Don't let the ease of reading fool you--Vonnegut's isn't a conventional, or simple, novel. He writes, "There are almost no characters in this story, and almost no dramatic confrontations, because most of the people in it are so sick, and so much the listless playthings of enormous forces. One of the main effects of war, after all, is that people are discouraged from being characters..." Slaughterhouse-Five (taken from the name of the building where the POWs were held) is not only Vonnegut's most powerful book, it is as important as any written since 1945. Like Catch- 22, it fashions the author's experiences in the Second World War into an eloquent and deeply funny plea against butchery in the service of authority. Slaughterhouse-Five boasts the same imagination, humanity, and gleeful appreciation of the absurd found in Vonnegut's other works, but the book's basis in rock-hard, tragic fact gives it a unique poignancy--and humor.
First time reading Vonnegut. Sucked me right in. Engrossing. I will be purchasing another Vonnegut novel now. A very good read.Published 2 days ago by Dick Wellington
Billy Pilgrim is an utterly strange man, so I don't know exactly why I have fallen in love with him. But maybe that's exactly why.Published 3 days ago by Rebecca Ann Sandoval
I absolutely loved the book and would rate it five stars had it not been for the printing issues. My copy of the book would have random diagonal lines cut off. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is an unusual style of writing, it is not really plot led but moves through different characters and their vague relationships to each other. Read morePublished 5 days ago by peter.pearson
This is an anti-war book, which isn't really my cup of tea, but it had such good reviews that I gave it a try. Read morePublished 7 days ago by LittleBug