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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.
The book itself is marvelously written but it wasn't what I was expecting from Vonnegut. I expected more of a war novel with a bigger emphasis on Dresden but got in return a story... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Zack
You know, I dont' know why they rate this book as one of the best 100 of all time. I didn't think it was all that great. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Leonna Hofer
Just meh. It wasn't what I thought what it is as good was going to be. So it goes. Um...Published 5 days ago by Juniper Berry
I loved this book. But I loved every Vonnegut I ever read. Searing, funny, bitterly ironic, different from any other author I've read. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer