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Slaughterhouse-five

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Pulp_queen
Nov 06, 2017

I particularly enjoyed the Audio CD format of this novel read by Ethan Hawke. He is very engaging.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 05, 2017

Even though Slaughterhouse Five was about the extremely brutal Dresden Bombing in the second world war, Kurt Vonnegut’s book isn’t depressing at all. Instead I found it quite funny because of Kurt Vonnegut’s ability to make weird but at the same time quite likable characters and the overall absurdness at almost every moment in the book. The main character Billy Pilgrim was especially absurd and broken from his experiences in the Dresden Bombing. Billy wasn’t much of a protagonist since he didn’t really confront anything like a normal hero would. Instead he was just thrown about through different scenarios, probably a commentary about how little an individual person could do when inside humongous events like wars. However, instead of recounting terrible stories of war Billy’s mind jumps between absurd memories of soldiers pooping so hard they thought they would poop their brains out to imagined trips with bizarre aliens. This makes the book a pretty enjoyable and easy read since Kurt Vonnegut's commentaries on war aren’t explicit so the book doesn't get very dark.
-@CookieMonster of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Brooke_Nicole
May 09, 2017

A tale of impossibilities, outrageous ironies, and tragic comedies of angst. I enjoyed the dark version of existentialism as a theme. There is also a dark take on humanity that provokes a sad sort of laughter (which is the only type of humor in this book): a serious message is followed by a meaningless, mundane observation (reminds me of the movie Ordinary People, which I recommend). Further, after a death, Vonnegut recognizes the deceased with the anticlimactic "And so it goes." Despite the good of the novel, I feel that either some of the messages of the novel were not effectively conveyed or they simply weren't there at all: there were several repeated phrases that had no meaning to me, as did the majority of the novel. If you like this book, I would recommend 1984 by George Orwell.

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BiGirl
May 01, 2017

Wonderful and gripping. Hard content at times but well written

Vonnegut uses that neat trick so often employed by David Letterman; he repeats the same phrase over and over in different contexts until you find it uncontrollably funny. Aside from his insightful wit, he also manages to convey the absurdity of human conflict. So it goes.

AL_JEREMIAH Aug 09, 2016

Not a typical sci-fi novel at all, but more of a literary-historical-memoir with sci-fi used as a rhetorical tool to enhance the main message/narrative. The story is partially autobiographical, of Vonnegut’s experience as a POW in WW2 in the German town of Dresden, and of the fire-bombing of this city by the Allies. The novel follows Billy Pilgrim as he experiences this same incident, and goes on to tell of his life afterwards, including his abduction by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore, and his time on their world. The narrative moves back and forth in time, now that Billy has ability to time-travel to any moment of his life, and makes for very interesting reading. Written in Vonnegut’s very clever, laid back style, extremely sharp and sardonic, and full of humor. A very pleasurable and profound reading experience, dealing with very un-pleasurable topics. A modern classic.

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TechWriter1
Aug 05, 2016

Just as good as when I read it in college. A great anti-war story.

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tlovold
Mar 03, 2016

The beginning of the movie with Billy stumbling through the snow and music is unforgettable. It is my favorite part of the movie. The images stuck with me as I read the book. Great book and the movie was just as good, which is unusual. Only other movie that I enjoyed as much as the book was John Steinbeck's "East of Eden" with James Dean.

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VRMurphy
Feb 22, 2016

Hmmm. I loved Vonnegut's voice when I was a teenager and young adult, and thought I'd revisit that by starting to reread his books. His writing is still powerful and deceptively simple, and he plays with language like almost no other American writer. However, if I was reading this for the first time, I might not be moved to seek out more. His voice comes across to me now as a bit jaded and cynical, in the "cool kid" way. So it goes, indeed.

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markn796
Jul 22, 2015

Classifying this as a great literary telling of an anti-war story is a bit deceiving. A poorly written account of a man's life, it does focus on absurdity. Confusing is an understatement; I would love some explanation of why aliens were involved. There are almost no coherent events at all. If I'm reading an anti-war book, I'd like to come away knowing why the author despises the violence. I'd also like to know what the purpose of reading the book was. Lacking characters the reader cares about, abundant in poor writing style, and boasting no overarching concept, message, or theme whatsoever, this is not a book I'd recommend.

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SPL_STARR Jun 16, 2015

"All this happened, more or less."

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ddmyres
Jun 16, 2013

"Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt."

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3038462sme
May 22, 2013

"So it goes."

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LazyNeko
Feb 20, 2012

"When a Tralfamadorian sees a corpse, all he thinks is that the dead person is in bad condition in that particular moment, but that the same person is just fine in plenty of other moments. Now, when I myself hear that somebody is dead, I simply shrug and say what the Tralfamadorians say about dead people, which is 'So it goes.'"

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Brooke_Nicole
May 09, 2017

Sexual Content: About a dozen innuendos and there is sex, but it is not described.

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Brooke_Nicole
May 09, 2017

Coarse Language: A few cuss words.

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