Short and Sweet Reviews // Slaughterhouse-Five

“Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.”

// Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

I had read so many good things about Kurt Vonnegut and his novel Slaughterhouse-Five that I had to read it this year. I am glad I did!

Slaughterhouse-Five an extremely disjointed novel that follows Billy Pilgrim as he time travels through the years of his own life. We follow him through his time in WW2 as a prisoner and a survivor of  the firebombing of Dresden all the way through his kidnapping by aliens and his time on the planet Tralfamadore.

It’s a strange and wonderful book about a lot of things, most of which I missed for sure. It’s about the war and PTSD of course. It’s also about death and the senselessness of it. And its’ about bravery, growing old, aliens, and time travel, and the tendency of humans to commit horrible acts of violence. Not to mention themes of fate and free will.

“And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep.”

// Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

I had never read a book by Kurt Vonnegut and I’m curious if all the books he’s written are written like this one. By that, I mean that he took all the rules of writing and broke them in a spectacular way. I am convinced that if anyone else had tried to write this book but Kurt Vonnegut it would be terrible.

I highly recommend you read it if you can stomach all the death. I will warn you the prose can come off repetitive and monotonous. I liked it because it immersed me in the feeling of passivity, like nothing much mattered and everything was just happening, even all the death.

It was interesting but not exciting. I think it’s written like that for a reason but it’s possible people could become bored or almost irritated with it. If you feel that way at first do try to stick it out. The book is worth it I promise you.

I am sure I will read it again, I want to take in more of it if I can. I feel like it’s an important book that says something very fundamental about humans and our favorite pastime, war.

“And so it goes…”

// Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five


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