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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.
Slaughterhouse 5 should of course be required reading in high schools. Billy Pilgrim recommends it along with all the works of Trout.Published 4 days ago by Chris Bingman
This was a very interesting novel filled wit h many witty quips about human behavior. Thoroughly entertaining and thought provoking, it had me page turning for more. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Craig F.
This is a very unusual and interesting book, I loved it! It mixes both historical and science fiction, and even has time travel :)Published 6 days ago by :)
If you want to enlighten yourself with awesome literature, you should be reading authors like Vonnegut. This is an amazing book that I think anyone can pick up and enjoyPublished 7 days ago by Zman91
A quick, and absolutely imperative read. This was my first Kurt Vonnegut read several years ago and I've grown to love his work. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Dusty K.