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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.
A great book. Still relevant. Works on an emotional level to allow you to really feel what the author went throughPublished 2 hours ago by Casual reader in DC
If you haven't already watched Interstellar, I highly recommend that you read this book before hand. It's the perfect existential mindF*ck cocktail!Published 1 day ago by woei hern
If you're ever in Cody, Wyoming, just ask for Wild Bob. So it goes. Five more words. Three more words.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
We did this in our Sage Society Class. I was pleasantly surprised that we could discuss this in such depth over 5 weeks. We could have gone on for 5 more weeksPublished 4 days ago by Judith Davidson
This is a hard read. It expands the mind. My brain aches. It goes and digs deep. It isn't fluff stuffPublished 5 days ago by Elizabeth Sea