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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.
This book remains one of my favorites for it's matter-of-fact take on life, war, time travel, and death. So it goes.Published 7 hours ago by Andy Goldman
This book is something else! But yet I simply enjoyed it! Just read may be a little confusing but at the end it comes together!(: I truly enjoyed this book.Published 7 hours ago by eliscia Sanchez
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Was well written with some interesting ideas. I'd not seen the movie so was going in with no expectations. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Joanna L McPherson
Loved it! But I'm a bit ADD so all the 'time jumping' didn't bother me.Published 3 days ago by meikal
Even though I like science fictions, the writing is not my style. It tries too hard to be clever.Published 4 days ago by S Gustafson
One of those books that has you rereading lines and passages for their eloquence. It's very easy to read and unpretentious in its mastery of language. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Chris Proulx