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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.
I appreciate the timeliness of this classic and that Vonnegut clearly was ahead of his time and was bold to write this when he did. Read morePublished 2 days ago by jtr1907
This novel is deservedly a classic - one of the finest and most engaging of all anti-war novels.Published 3 days ago by Ralph E. Jennings
Every journey has a beginning, middle and end but when it comes to this novel, the order is constantly shifting. Read morePublished 3 days ago by *333