Monday, February 17, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

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ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):

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.

MY REVIEW:

I had never read anything by Kurt Vonnegut before, but recently something I downloaded on Audible brought him to my attention so I thought I would give one of his books a try.  I have to be honest, about 20 pages in, I considered giving up, but then I asked my Facebook friends if anyone had read the book and if it was worth reading.  I only received positive feedback, so I pushed on.  It definitely got easier to read as the story developed.

What originally caught my attention about Vonnegut was that he was an ex-soldier and antiwar activist.  The audio promo I had heard talked about Vonnegut's books being popular among college students and making the readers think about things in a different way. 

Slaughterhouse-Five is fairly short (the copy I had was 200 pages) and is the kind of book you may want to read more than once to fully grasp the messages Vonnegut portrays.  Some of those messages include war, death, time and money/success. It is certainly thought-provoking and I would not hesitate to read another book by Vonnegut.

Favorite Quotes:

All time is all time. It does not change. It does not lend itself to warnings or explanations. It simply is. Take it moment by moment, and you will find that we are all, as I've said before, bugs in amber.”

But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. So she was turned to a pillar of salt. So it goes. People aren't supposed to look back. I'm certainly not going to do it anymore.”