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Slaughterhouse-five

Or, The Children's Crusade, A Duty-dance With Death
Vonnegut, Kurt (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Slaughterhouse-five


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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.
Authors: Vonnegut, Kurt
Title: Slaughterhouse-five
or, The children's crusade, a duty-dance with death
Publisher: New York :, Dial Publishing,, 2009.
Edition: Dial press trade trade paperback edition.
Characteristics: 275 p. ;,21 cm.
Notes: "Delta trade paperbacks."
"Delta fiction"--Spine.
Local Note: 1 6 15 18 27 29 53 102 112 113 118 138 143 148 153 172 176 182 198 210 242 243 245 262 272 274 276 278
Delta trade paperbacks
ISBN: 9780385333849
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Report This Jan 26, 2014
  • Lauraparr rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Not particularly keen on this book. I know it's a classic and maybe that's why I had higher expectations. I found it hard to get into, slow paced with characters hard to get attached to. I wasn't moved.

Report This Nov 22, 2013
  • KRockstar10 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A powerful anti-war story. Liked it, didn't love it, but would highly recommend it. Very, very sad, in a way that leaves you thinking about the residual sadness for hours after you read it.

Report This Oct 09, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book is very complicated to explain. If you're looking for some grand statement, some deep message about war or time travel or any of the elements scattered throughout, you're not going to find it, because, as Vonnegut sees it, what can you say about war? There are no statements that explain it all, make it all better, bring it all together. Hence, the final word of the bird, "Poo-too-weet?" The bird can say just as much as any of us, that's how much sense it will make in the grand scheme of a discourse on war. I didn't like the immediacy of the ending, but I think that was simply because I just wanted more. It was so well written, so natural, flowing organically from pen to page to the reader's very eyes. I found this book really interesting, and, reading it following DEATH OF A SALESMAN (which I did not like at all), it felt like a breath of fresh air. There's a lot to think about and so much to say, but there are no answers and there are no heroes when it comes to war. That's what I liked about this novel, SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE, and I greatly appreciated its few wise truths. Vonnegut sums it all up in the first chapter, but the story past there is just a way for Vonnegut to vent from behind a disguise. The science fiction elements are just a representation of how we cope. Some people knit to deal with stress, some cook, some go out dancing or gossiping with friends on a Sunday morning. Whatever it is you need to do, you do, and for the protagonist Billy, that was time travel. Some may believe that he really did visit Tralfamadore; others may say that it was his imagination, a dream, a mental break from reality. The truth doesn't really matter. It's the experience, and if you're content to just read about Billy's experience (a veil for Vonnegut's real-life experience in Dresden), then you'll enjoy this book. If you don't like it, well, so it goes.

Report This Jul 19, 2013
  • rstucke35 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This book was a giant let down. I am not sure how this has been termed a "Classic". No real climax or continuous plot. Very confusing story telling. Yes it is anti-war, but the book was boring.

Report This Jul 18, 2013
  • Limboden76 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

As a bookstore wage slave, I've read over a hundred books, but I will never understand why some books get to be called "classic" and others do not. This is one of those that I question. Slow paced, repetitive prose, and characters that you never really like made this a VERY painful read. For me, finishing a book I am not invested in halfway through is like taking a hard bowel movement. Outside of a few classic quotes (i.e. "Everything was beautiful & nothing hurt", "So it goes"), I wouldn't recommend this as Vonnegut's best work. I've gotten way more enjoyment out of his other works. Give "Thank You Mr. Rosewater" a try.

Report This Jun 16, 2013
  • ddmyres rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very interesting book. A quarter of the way through I was still wondering what it was even about. The dry humor and satirical style of the novel made it an enjoyable read.

Report This Feb 21, 2013
  • Funktron rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Of the two widely known works, I much prefer Slaughterhouse Five over Breakfast of Champions. In classic Vonnegut style, a sarcastic, funny, yet largely depressing story is told about a soldier's experience in WWII. The reader is brought back and forth through time to see an evolving perspective of the lifetime of a person who's been touched by war.

Report This Aug 06, 2012
  • TooManyBooks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book gave me some ideas about the impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The time travel seems like a coping mechanism that becomes more pronounced as time passes. I thouroughly enjoyed this book, read it in just a few hours.

Report This Jun 21, 2012
  • wtrepel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A great book worth reading at least twice. The main character Billy Pilgrim has become 'unstuck in time', and the book moves back and forth throughout Billy's life, including his experience as a POW during the bombing of Dresden and as a zoo exhibit on the planet Tralfamadore. The absurd humor and resigned tone of Slaughterhouse-five belie the horror of war and the bombing of Dresden that are at its center.

Report This Jun 19, 2012
  • smeadlurks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Vonnegut is considered a master absurdist and storyteller for good reason. If you only ever read one of his books, make it this one.

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Report This Sep 08, 2009
  • Anarchy_Bunny rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Report This Jun 16, 2013
  • ddmyres rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt."

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  • 3038462sme rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"So it goes."

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  • SAM COGHLAN rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Kurt Vonnegut: So it goes.

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