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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.
One of those highly rated books that totally deserves it. This is Vonnegut exemplified. If you could only read one book, read this one.Published 16 hours ago by David E. Lewis II
Kurt Vonnegut writes about complex subject matter in simple ways we all can appreciate. I've heard it said that his work is for children and young adults but nothing could be... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Dan Glover
Amazing sci fi. One of my favorite Vonnegut's, aside Cat's Cradle.Published 4 days ago by Rite Film
I found myself surprised to reach the end without having a feeling of completion. The book was great and kept me interested in every word. Read morePublished 8 days ago by william
My partner read this and didn't like it, and it really would be not everyone's cup of tea. But I just loved how the whole book was constructed and the reality of Billy perfectly... Read morePublished 9 days ago by flit
Thought provoking with utterly fantastic prose. Vonnegut's portrayal of the Second World War through the spastic mind of Billy Pilgrim brought incredible humanity to another wise... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Jessica Talbert