Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

This was one of the other novels I read for my Intro to the Short Story and Novel class this semester. You can check it out here.

Rating: [4/5]

Summary: This postmodern story follows Billy Pilgrim, a soldier who faced POW camps and the firebombing of Dresden in World War Two. He jumps back and forth through time, not quite living his life in chronological order. He travels from the horrors of war to a zoo on the distant planet of Tralfamadore to his childhood and back again.

Likes: This book is rich with black humor and irony. It delves into deep topics, such as the nature of time and the terrors of war. It makes you question. It’s also very easy to read, language-wise. I was very impressed with this book, overall.

Dislikes: The story can be a little confusing to follow if you’re not used to fragmented storylines. There is also no resolution to the story or the characters, as is typical with postmodern novels. While I don’t have a problem with either of those aspects, I know they can be a turn-off to some readers.

TL;DR: I would definitely recommend Slaughterhouse Five. It’s a great piece of war literature, and a shining example of postmodernism. It’s one of Vonnegut’s easier works to delve into.


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