I particularly enjoyed the Audio CD format of this novel read by Ethan Hawke. He is very engaging.
Even though Slaughterhouse Five was about the extremely brutal Dresden Bombing in the second world war, Kurt Vonnegut’s book isn’t depressing at all. Instead I found it quite funny because of Kurt Vonnegut’s ability to make weird but at the same time quite likable characters and the overall absurdness at almost every moment in the book. The main character Billy Pilgrim was especially absurd and broken from his experiences in the Dresden Bombing. Billy wasn’t much of a protagonist since he didn’t really confront anything like a normal hero would. Instead he was just thrown about through different scenarios, probably a commentary about how little an individual person could do when inside humongous events like wars. However, instead of recounting terrible stories of war Billy’s mind jumps between absurd memories of soldiers pooping so hard they thought they would poop their brains out to imagined trips with bizarre aliens. This makes the book a pretty enjoyable and easy read since Kurt Vonnegut's commentaries on war aren’t explicit so the book doesn't get very dark.
-@CookieMonster of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
Wonderful and gripping. Hard content at times but well written
Vonnegut uses that neat trick so often employed by David Letterman; he repeats the same phrase over and over in different contexts until you find it uncontrollably funny. Aside from his insightful wit, he also manages to convey the absurdity of human conflict. So it goes.
Just as good as when I read it in college. A great anti-war story.
A good thoughtful read.
One of the most important books of the 20th century, and fun to read too. Powerful anti-war satire mixed with autobiography and social satire.
A pretty good read. Now I've read a fair amount of literature and as a younger person, I'd heard so much about how this is a must read. So I finally read it. And it was not what I expected in a good way. I had no idea there was a sci-fi element to it and I thought that was the strongest part about the book. The war elements....not so much but blended in with the "mythic journey" of Billy PIlgrim...it was very powerful. Vonnegut has such a read-able style of writing too, I finished it in just a couple of days. The time travelling was amusing, entertaining, and well written. Vonnegut is also witty. He had me laughing out loud literally at some parts.
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