Slaughterhouse-Five – Book Review

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut


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.

So, I have a few friends that have ranted and raved about Kurt Vonnegut and how great of a writer he was. This was my first Vonnegut novel and I’m still unsure if I will read another one of his books or not. He is known for his satirical novels and great imagination. This book is an anti-war book mixed with science fiction.

Slaughterhouse-Five tells the story of Billy Pilgrim, during his time as an American soldier and his life post war. He also travels through time and space. Vonnegut himself went through the war, so the part where Billy is a soldier is based on his own experiences, so at least that was interesting to read about. I have to say, that mostly I do not enjoy satire. I hated reading those types of books in school, but here I was reading this book.

I have to say I did enjoy the book, mainly the science fiction parts where he time travels off planet to Tralfamadore. The rest of the book is good too but it took me a little while to be able to follow and not have a headache from the way the writing jumps from place to place and time to time. Once I got used to it, I found it more enjoyable. Even talking about it now, I may, in the future read another Vonnegut. I cannot base everything on just one novel, and one experience. If you love satire and science fiction, maybe this will be a book for you!

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