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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.
An American classic. Great story telling of the horrors of war.Published 16 hours ago by Michael Brown
One of Vonneguts best. Like visiting with an old friend, familiar and interesting. Still holds up well and engaging.Published 1 day ago by BigSquareHead
Slaughterhouse-Five begins really slowly and weirdly, but once you get past the first chapter(s), the storytelling really picks up. I found myself hardly able to put the book down. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Derek Kraan
Story is grand! Love Vonnegut, but I ORDERED A HARDBACK BOOK. I received a paperback version. Thumbs down!Published 1 day ago by A. Rogers
Vonnegut has a great way with words. Story is somewhat disjointed but the prose makes up for it.Published 2 days ago by xmorg
Kurt is a dated writer. His style was "cool" with the hippy generation, but falls flat today.Published 2 days ago by Eric L. Taylor