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Slaughterhouse-Five: Or The Children's Crusade, A Duty Dance With Death (25th Anniversary) (Modern Library 100 Best Novels) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, February 1, 1994
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“Poignant and hilarious, threaded with compassion and, behind everything, the cataract of a thundering moral statement.”—The Boston Globe
“Very tough and very funny . . . sad and delightful . . . very Vonnegut.”—The New York Times
“Splendid art . . . a funny book at which you are not permitted to laugh, a sad book without tears.”—Life
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"Slaughterhous-Five is one of the world's great anti-war books. Centering on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.
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Unlike a lot of war books I've read, this one doesn't really try to show what it was like to be there. Instead, the focus is on the long-lasting effects on those who were there. How they are forever changed and damaged by their wartime experiences. I think this is part of why I loved it. Vonnegut doesn't drag you through the horrific details of the characters' experiences, so in that sense you are spared. You can keep looking. You don't have to turn your head. Some of the worst moments are told with a quiet levity: the joke's on us, so to speak.
The refrain of "So it goes" was a powerful one. It provided just enough distance and humor from the events to make them bearable to read. It conveyed the helplessness we all feel in the face of tragedy and pain, but also the hopefulness of "life goes on" afterwards.
The narrative structure is unusual. At the beginning we meet a narrator who says he wants to write a book about his experiences in Dresden, so he goes to interview an old war buddy and they talk about Billy Pilgrim, a man who has come unstuck in time and has been abducted by aliens, or so he says. The rest of the narrative bounces all over time, from before the war, during the war, after the war and back again, following Billy as he time travels. The narrator himself mostly disappears, leading me to wonder if he really is Billy himself, at least metaphorically.
This jumping around in time was beautifully controlled and allowed Vonnegut to draw parallels and connections between disparate events in Billy's life. The overall theme of the book, at least the one I took away, is about moments in time and our relationship to them.
Beautiful. Sad. Funny. Just like life.
This is a quite unique book. A kind of Sci-fi that I hadn’t read before but that I really liked. Vonnegut does an excellent job mixing history with war criticism and science fiction. It seemed to me an odd combination that didn’t appeal to me at first. It’s probably because of this unlikely combination that this book is so peculiar.
It was a hard reading when I started (maybe I wasn’t in the proper mood) but then it flowed quite easy, the story absorbed me. The main character is pretty interesting: a time traveler and yet, quite a normal American. A soldier, and optometrist and a time traveler. Not the best soldier, a well-known optometrist by chance and average in every aspect but for time travel, and the fact that he was abducted by aliens. Maybe the fact that he is quite a normal guy makes relatable a tale so unrelatable.
This is a Sci-fi book yes, but I think that, more importantly this is a book about war. This book tries to portray war from the perspective of a soldier who survived and how he experienced all the horrors of war. This book reminded me slightly of Johnny Got His Gun . War is a terrible thing, and those who pay the ultimate price are young naïve soldiers and innocent victims.