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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 is a quick read with not much of a plot. It is very repetitive. To much so. There are some good ideas that make you think.Published 12 hours ago by A Butterfly Incognito
I keep thinking back to different scenes of The Life Before Us - the African neighbors carrying the firing heroine and the elderly doctor up and down the stairs, dong there dances,... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Michael Ashley Schulman
Vonnegut at his best, belying the subject matter with an oddity that takes the edge off the otherwise insane, inhuman circumstancesPublished 3 days ago by sparrowhawkes
First the main character's in the middle of the war, then he's giving bad advice to kids, next he's banging a hot chick while being spied on by eyeballiens. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Eagleview