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Slaughterhouse-Five By Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse Five Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 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 D

  • Title: Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Author: Kurt Vonnegut
  • ISBN: 9780385333849
  • Page: 323
  • Format: Paperback
  • Slaughterhouse-Five By Kurt Vonnegut 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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    1. Simeon on said:

      There are some terrible reviews of SH5 floating around , but one particularly awful sentiment is that Slaughterhouse Five isn t anti war.This is usually based on the following quote It had to be done, Rumfoord told Billy, speaking of the destruction of Dresden I know, said Billy That s war I know I m not complaining It must have been hell on the ground It was, said Billy Pilgrim Pity the men who had to do it I do You must have had mixed feelings, there on the ground It was all right, said Billy [...]

    2. Stephanie *Very Stable Genius* on said:

      I miss Kurt Vonnegut.He hasn t been gone all that long Of course he isn t gone, yet he is gone He has always been alive and he will always be dead So it goes.Slaughterhouse five is next to impossible to explain, let alone review, but here I am And here I go.What is it about It s about war.It s about love and hate.It s about post traumatic stress It s about sanity and insanity.It s about aliens not the illegal kind, the spacey kind.It s about life.It s about death it goes That s one thing Earthli [...]

    3. Martine on said:

      I have to admit to being somewhat baffled by the acclaim Slaughterhouse 5 has received over the years Sure, the story is interesting It has a fascinating and mostly successful blend of tragedy and comic relief And yes, I guess the fractured structure and time travelling element must have been quite novel and original back in the day But that doesn t excuse the book s flaws, of which there are a great many in my seemingly unconventional opinion Take, for instance, Vonnegut s endless repetition of [...]

    4. Kirstie on said:

      I read this book first in 1999 when my grandfather passed away It was a bit of a coincidence as his funeral occurred between a Primate Anatomy exam and a paper for my Experimental Fiction class on Slaughterhouse Five I was frantically trying to remember the names of all kinds of bones when I picked this up in the other hand and tried to wrap my head around it.Basically, Vonnegut has written the only Tralfamadorian novel I can think of These beings, most undoubtedly inspired in Billy Pilgrim s he [...]

    5. Bookdragon Sean on said:

      Every so often you read a book, a book that takes everything you thought created an excellent novel and tears it to pieces it then sets it on fire and throws it out the window in a display of pure individual brilliance That is how I felt when I read this jumbled and absurd, yet fantastic, novel The book has no structure or at the very least a perceivable one it s all over the place But, it works so well It cements the book s message and purpose underlining its meaning Indeed, this book is an ant [...]

    6. Garima on said:

      I finally read Vonnegut I finally read a war novel And after a long time I finally read something with so many GR ratings and a decent number of reviews which is precisely the reason I have nothing much to add to the already expressed views here So I urge you to indulge me to state a personal anecdote Thank You.My Grandfather was a POW during Indo China war and remained in confinement for some six months By the time I got to know about it I had already watched too many movies and crammed endless [...]

    7. Matthias on said:

      Listen This reviewer is stuck in time He is unable to escape the narrow confines of the invisible, intangible machinery mercilessly directing his life from a beginning towards an end The walls surrounding him are dotted with windows looking out on darkened memories and foggy expectations, easing the sense of claustrophobia but offering no way out The ceiling is crushing down on this man while he paces frantically through other people s lives and memories in hopes of shaping his own and forgettin [...]

    8. TK421 on said:

      There are only a few books that I ever really try to revisit Sherlock Holmes and his stories are one Some Shakespeare And Slaughterhouse Five I have read this book every year since my first reading almost ten years ago I read it as an undergraduate I read it as a graduate student I ve written three or four papers about it And, yes, I have tried to pawn this book off on as many people as I could over the years You see, this book does something to me whenever I read it It takes me places Sure ther [...]

    9. Lyn on said:

      A fun visit with cantankerous old Uncle Kurt Vonnegut is on a short list of my favorite authors and this is perhaps his most famous work Not his best, but most recognizable Billy Pilgrim is also one of his best characters Kilgore Trout is his best.I liked it as I like everything I have read of him The recurring themes and characters, use of repetition for emphasis and comic relief, his irreverence and postmodern lack of sensitivity shine bright as ever here Vonnegut can be funny and grim on the [...]

    10. Fabian on said:

      No one really introduced me to this work, despite its resonant presence in the literary canon I adore books that reek of marvelous postmodern perfume This is one original, enthralling, always relevant novel Vonnegut is brave and cowardly because he makes the material his own, yet he is but scenery his main character is an Everyman who is sooo affected by the Dresden bombings that he becomes unglued from time Yes war is complete, utter chaos it becomes something powerful than physics because it [...]

    11. Cecily on said:

      A strange and intriguing book that I found very hard to rate a mixture of wartime memoir and sci fi occasionally harrowing, sometimes funny and other times thought provokingOT It is the episodic story of Billy Pilgrim, a small town American boy, who is a POW in the second world war, later becomes a successful optometrist and who occasionally and accidentally travels in time to other periods of his life, so he has memories of the future Oh, he also gets abducted by aliens, along with some furnitu [...]

    12. Henry Avila on said:

      Now for something completely different , stating it mildly Billy Pilgrim is not just another time travelling man, kidnapped by aliens from the unknown planet Tralfamadore and put in their zoo, he s an eyewitness to the destruction of Dresden, during World War Two Our Billy an optometrist, eye doctor marries the boss s slightly overweight daughter Valencia who no one else wanted, people are so unkind The couple have two disrespectful children, Barbara and Robert, the truth that he becomes very ri [...]

    13. Dan Schwent on said:

      Billy Pilgrim becomes unstuck in time and experiences the events of his life out of chronological order War and absurdity ensue.I ve never read Kurt Vonnegut up until now and when Slaughterhouse Five showed up in my cheapo ebook email a few days ago, I decided it was time Get it Slaughterhouse Five is often classified as science fiction but it reads like Kurt Vonnegut trying to make sense of his World War II experiences through a humorous at times science fiction story It also seems to be a Big [...]

    14. Glenn Sumi on said:

      This was my first Vonnegut book, but it won t be my last.Back in high school, a friend gave me a paperback copy of Breakfast Of Champions, and I leafed through it, amused at the drawings, but didn t read it I think I was going through my Salinger stage or perhaps it was my Dickens stage Now I want to find it in my boxes of old things I want to read from this strange, misanthropic , genre busting, inventive and oddly soulful and philosophical author.Slaughterhouse Five has expanded in my imagina [...]

    15. Dave Russell on said:

      Why do I love this book I love it because of the villains Not just the obviously villainous Paul Lazzaro although he s one of the great villains of modern fiction During the hellishness of war all he can think about is his own petty need to avenge slights done to him but the larger, less obvious villains in this book the Tralfamdorians They re not the type of villainous space aliens you see in most science fiction, arriving in flying saucers and hell bent on enslaving humanity, only to be stoppe [...]

    16. Ahmad Sharabiani on said:

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    17. Shannon (Giraffe Days) on said:

      Contains spoilersSlaughterhouse Five is about a man called Billy Pilgrim who time travels frequently He was in the Second World War and, captured, was sent to Dresden to work in a malt syrup factory before the city was bombed He studied optometry and had a nervous breakdown He married the daughter of a rich optometrist, and became rich as well He was abducted by aliens called Tralfamadorians, who put him in a zoo with a young porn actress, Montana Wildhack, whom they also abducted He had a daugh [...]

    18. Darwin8u on said:

      Everything is nothing, with a twist Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse FiveI ve read Slaughterhouse Five several times and I m still not sure I know exactly how Vonnegut pulls it off It is primarily a postmodern, anti war novel It is an absurd look at war, memory, time, and humanity, but it is also gentle Its prose emotionally feels go ahead, pet the emotion like the tug of the tides, the heaviness of sleep, the seduction of alcohol, the dizziness of love His prose is simple, but beautiful Obviously, [...]

    19. Seemita on said:

      Kurt Vonnegut Four syllables, once pronounced, suspends in the air like a rock star swishing his name into the air for chanters to latch on and treble the echo Slaughter House Five, god knows how many syllables depending on stress points of your tongue , once sprinkled from the nozzle of mouth, hangs again in the air like a vagabond wrapper not finding a parapet to land Perhaps both could have gone their way and not bothered to float into my fairly tranquil world But they chose to break the sile [...]

    20. Richard Derus on said:

      Rating 4.5 of fiveThe Publisher Says Kurt Vonnegut s absurdist classic Slaughterhouse Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore In a plot scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his and Vonnegut s shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.Don t let the ease of reading fool you Vonne [...]

    21. Jason on said:

      A disturbingly comedic or comically disturbing satire of the inevitability of war, the age old fate vs free will argument, and the gross desensitization of death, Slaughterhouse Five analyzes the effects of the Bombing of Dresden on World War II veteran Billy Pilgrim Told in a nonlinear narrative that is common for Vonnegut, this novel employs the rare literary device I like to call Twilight Zone ish extraterrestrialism, which serves to highlight both the absurdity of free will as well as Pilgri [...]

    22. Raeleen Lemay on said:

      WHAT A STRANGE BOOK I definitely didn t love it, but there were certain parts that I adored The Tralfamadorians have a really interesting view of life and Earth the 4th dimension, bro WHOA and I really liked the parts that involved them.

    23. Samadrita on said:

      Neither does a war bring glory nor does a win in one ensure the moral infallibility of an ideology over a conflicting one Because, essentially, war justifies countering genocide by perpetrating genocide We all know that, right But no, we don t We only think we do And that is what Kurt Vonnegut wishes to tell his reader, in a calm, disinterested and emotionless voice in Slaughterhouse Five.He informs us, in a matter of fact tone, that we don t know the first thing about a war and proceeds to exp [...]

    24. Vit Babenco on said:

      Kurt Vonnegut always had his own unique attitude to society and history Therefore Slaughterhouse Five is a special story of man and his place in war and peace Shells were bursting in the treetops with terrific bangs showering down knives and needles and razorblades Little lumps of lead in copper jackets were crisscrossing the woods under the shellbursts, zipping along much faster than sound.War is a wonderful thing it presents a man with a gift of madness And madness is even wonderful thing it [...]

    25. William1 on said:

      The novel is a fabulist take on the destruction of Dresden the Florence of the Elbe, the Jewel Box by Allied Bombing at the end of World War II Author Vonnegut witnessed the mayhem as a 23 year old American POW There are no characters here, really Billy Pilgrim and the others are flat flat flat Vonnegut s point being that the suffering brought on by the war dehumanized and diminished everyone to one dimensionality It s an interesting idea and a perfect match for his spare style I remember readin [...]

    26. Bram on said:

      This novel has a pretty basic and consistent structure a few paragraphs of humorous I think writing that has the presumed purpose of loosening you up before you get to the sucker punch paragraph that contains something disturbing death related followed by so it goes And if the so it goes wasn t there to remind you that this is the part where death happens, Vonnegut hammers the point home by relaying it an inhumanly cool, dry, and nonchalant manner How coy and provocative Maybe Vonnegut could hav [...]

    27. Jr Bacdayan on said:

      I was eating a hotdog right after reading Slaughterhouse Five, and as I was contemplating on what to write for my review, I was suddenly attacked by a bunch of three headed toads They called themselves the three headed toads and they wore Mexican sombreros and Nickelback t shirts They were roughly the size of Peter Dinklage and were colored from neon pink to dark orange For some unknown reason, their leader named Pedro the Pope decided to declare war on hotdog eating humans I was tragically thei [...]

    28. Jilly on said:

      This book in a nutshell After just reading another classic, my son came up to me and asked me to buddy read this one with him Then, my daughter said she would join us What am I supposed to say to that I m sorry, my children I know that you would be greatly enriched by reading classic literature and having a literary discussion with me, but I would rather read about vampires having sex Now, go get mommy some wine and then lock yourselves in your rooms to play video games Seriously Like I would ev [...]

    29. Sanjay Gautam on said:

      ITS A BOOK WRITTEN FOR EARTHLINGS An amazing journey through space and time One of the stronger points in the book deals with free will and time There is a beautiful line which I want to quote here I ve visited thirty one inhabited planets in the universe, and I have studied reports on one hundred Only on Earth is there any talk of free will.And so it goesHIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    30. BlackOxford on said:

      The God of AccidentsOnly God knows all of time as if it were the same instant only God can annihilate the Universe only God knows our innermost thoughts so contends Judaic, Christian, and Muslim theology For God, therefore, there is no cause and effect everything just is And because there is no cause and effect, there is no issue of free will Free will is an idea created by human beings who can t imagine any other way to escape the mechanical inevitability of causality In Slaughterhouse 5, the a [...]

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