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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.
Kurt Vonnegut has a writing style that is so organic that I imagine it took him no effort at all to put these words to paper...though i'm sure it did. Read morePublished 5 hours ago by Brandon Janisse
This book is great for an English class. The average reader probably won't get the references and symbols etc in it without some serious conversation about what different things... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kal Parso
Very confusing at first requiring me to backtrack some, but once understood the message is clear and resounding, very adult subject matter however.Published 5 days ago by Zach Shelton
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 5 days 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 6 days ago by Dan Glover
Amazing sci fi. One of my favorite Vonnegut's, aside Cat's Cradle.Published 9 days ago by Rite Film