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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 text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
A must-read because it's like nothing you've ever read before. There really is nothing quite like this book. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Mark Mann
Was very disappointed. Book was all over the place with no flow. Really wanted to like it but just boring.Published 1 day ago by Northlord
I'm certain that bigger (and better) literary minds have properly reviewed and heralded this book. I happen to love it too. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
It was prefaced as an absurdist novel but I interpreted it as a soldier suffering post traumatic stress having hallucinations based on events that happened in his life. Read morePublished 2 days ago by gmanolo