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151 Ratings: 3.7
A book by Kurt Vonnegut.

   Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classicSlaughterhouse-Fiveintroduces 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 … see full wiki

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
20 reviews about Slaughterhouse-Five
review by . June 24, 2010
I first read Vonnegut in high school and loved his subversive perspective in "Cat's Cradle." I returned home to my parent's over-flowing bookshelf after graduating from college eager to jump back into that whole "reading for pleasure" game. I picked this one up (my dad had it since he was in college!) and began turning the pages.       This book was definitely captivating and engaging - and the …
review by . June 09, 2010
Don't get me wrong; I'm a huge sucker for time travel. From my early years as a Star Trek nerd to my current days as a quantum theory enthusiast, I've loved it, wished it were feasible, focused all my writing energy on finding the perfect temporal paradox, the perfect science fiction excuse, something that wasn't forced and had the decency to treat time travel as something morally and philosophically as well as scientifically complicated. A good, seriously-done time travel story …
review by . May 23, 2010
I first read this book in high school when my English teacher recommended it. After completing it, I then went to the library and sequentially checked out and read all of the other books they had by Vonnegut. Fundamentally, it is an anti-war book based on the Allied firebombing of the German city of Dresden. The city had no real military or strategic value and was swollen with refugees; the goal of the allies was simply to kill as many German citizens as possible.    Billy Pilgrim is a …
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
A quirky satire of just about everything, this book is probably Vonnegut's most famous, and is an excellent introduction to the body of his work. One tale told sequentially, another told randomly, and both fitting together to create an ironic, iconic, bizarrely entertaining story. Another summer reading great.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Funny, smart, and unlike a lot of things I've read.
Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
I've read all of Vonneguut. I liked Breakfast of Champions better.
Quick Tip by . June 27, 2010
so it goes
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
Quick Tip by . June 21, 2010
great, but not my favorite k. von.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
I'm not the biggest Vonnegut fan, but the imagery and metaphors he uses in this book struck me forcibly. There are lines that still stick with me, despite having read it only once.
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
Shocking and profound.
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
Is there anything better than a good Vonnegut? I don't know it if there is.
Quick Tip by . June 14, 2010
Kurt Vonnegut Jr- all his books are great
Quick Tip by . June 12, 2010
Great book, not my favorite by Vonnegut, but it was my (and I'm sure many other's) introduction to the master.
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
Good Movie, Well written book
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
I actually had to read this for a class and I am so glad I did. This book is a brilliant piece of writing that takes a littler further investigation and research to fully unlock its meanings.
review by . May 13, 2010
Unlike most novels, "Slaughterhouse-Five" begins with an introduction that you have to read. That is to say, most introductions are interesting and informative, but if you skip them you haven't really missed anything. Not this one - if you want to read the novel, you are required to read the introduction. That's just the way it is.     I'm pleased to see that Kurt Vonnegut is now receiving the acknowledgment due him as a great American writer, and indeed received at least a part …
review by . February 14, 2010
Slaughterhouse-Five the wrenchingly sad tale of Billy Pilgrim, tells the story of a man whose experience in WWII haunts him for the rest of his life. When the book was published, most middle-aged American men were veterans of WWII. Billy's nightmarish flashbacks, his contempt for women and his desire to live a middle-class life must have seemed familiar to many of them. Slaughterhouse-Five was a valuable attempt to shine a cartoonish light on the horrible memories that veterans carried in their …
review by . April 30, 2007
Perhaps I missed the boat, but "Slaughterhouse-Five" just doesn't come across as hilarious and eye-opening as many see it in my opinion. Sure, there's no denying Vonnegut's satirical viewpoint, but the story is just too disjointed and jumbled to really enjoy it. Vonnegut uses Billy Pilgrim to get his point across that war isn't worth it. In a perfect world, we wouldn't need war. However, there comes a point when shaking hands and talking over tea just doesn't work anymore. It's obvious that Vonnegut …
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