Slaughterhouse-Five

or, The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death

Paperback, 275 pages

English language

Published Jan. 12, 1999 by Chelsea House Publishers.

ISBN:
9780385333849

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4 stars (97 reviews)

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time, Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world's great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous firebombing 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 fear most.

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Review of 'Slaughterhouse-Five' on 'GoodReads'

1 star

I don't think that Vonnegut writes poorly, nor do I think this work lacks inherent interest. It's more-so that this, alongside Catch-22 and the like, is a genre I just can't get behind. I understand the need for anti-war fiction, indeed even fiction mostly accounted from real life witness. With that being said, it seems that once you've read one 'war is futile and nothing makes sense, but that's what war is all about' book, you've read them all.

Am I so far out of touch with those in the story that I just don't get it? Well, actually no, and I don't think that this would be Vonnegut's aim either. I hope that war has been made so redundant to me that the thought of going through something like this in life continues to be a totally alien concept to me and everyone else. But I'd also hope that …

Review of 'Slaughterhouse-Five' on 'GoodReads'

4 stars

Absurdist classic - that's certainly the best way to describe this book! Kurt beautifully interweaves humor with brutal realities of war, which is aided by the strange storyline of the book. Through the Tralfamadorian philosophy, he points the flaws in us Earthlings' way of living the life. As one of the characters say in the book -

"That's one thing Earthlings might learn to do, if they tried hard enough: Ignore the awful times, and concentrate on the good ones."

Review of 'Slaughterhouse-Five' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

My first book by Vonnegut, I only read it because after finishing [b:The Universe Versus Alex Woods|15984268|The Universe Versus Alex Woods|Gavin Extence|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1352436020s/15984268.jpg|21738568] in which the characters create a book group to read the complete works of Vonnegut, I felt I needed to, to fully grasp that book. I can see how that book was heavily influenced by Vonnegut, the same quirkiness and style is there, little bits that get repeated are there too, also being told how the story ends at the beginning is another feature used.

Slaughterhouse-Five is amazing, it quickly drew me in and I had to keep coming back to it, no matter one I was doing the book was there with me. Billy Pilgrim is not an interesting character, he doesn't have much to say but he has lead an interesting life, surviving the Dresden bombing and plane crashes, time travel and space travel. This book …

Review of 'Slaughterhouse-Five' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Fair warning - 'Serious Literature' and I usually don't get along.

And don't kid yourself, even though it's funny, and written with an easy to read style, it still screams 'Serious Literature' I could practically hear my old English teacher musing as I read - 'Oh look, the authour only shows up in person in the first chapter and like two other lines in the whole book. That must MEAN SOMETHING. And the main character is reportedly well endowned. That must MEAN SOMETHING.'

I dunno, guess I wasn't in the mood for a crossword puzzle.

Review of 'Slaughterhouse-Five' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five" tells the multi-dimensional story of the troubled war veteran, Billy Pilgrim, and since being published in the sixties, it has amassed a devoted following of critics and scholars alike. Vonnegut's trademark usage of repetition is ever-present, as are his short, declarative sentences and absolutely biting sense of humor. This metafictional look at war, coupled with the antihero's troublesome antics evokes an introverted look at the tragedy of war and the imminence of death. This jumbled and often disoriented work of post-modern war fiction dips in and out of reality--much like it's main character! This genius novel, arguably Vonnegut's finest, is firmly set on my favorites list.

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