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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.
This is a very early Vonnegut book that has some historical and philosophical value, and provides a preview of more classic-wacko Vonnegut books to follow.Published 1 day ago by Island Boy
I'm not sure I can say much about Slaughterhouse-Five that hasn't already been said by at least 50 other people. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Adam Oster
Why should you change something when you know what the outcome will be? To let it be or to not let it be? Read morePublished 2 days ago by Neal Diamond
Terrible. There is no plot. Just a series of events. Don't waste your time. Six more words were required to finish my review.Published 6 days ago by Nicole M.
I've bought the 'Mass Market paper back' copy of 'Slaughterhouse Five' in 2013 for a friend of mine. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Arjun Mohan Achuthan
Maybe my expectations were too high based on previous hype. It was okay, but much like the Walter Mitty book.Published 11 days ago by R. A. Stine