Slaughterhouse-five, Or, The Children's Crusade

Slaughterhouse-five, Or, The Children's Crusade

A Duty-dance With Death

Book - 1994 | 25th anniversary ed
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Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence, 1994, 1969
Edition: 25th anniversary ed
ISBN: 9780385312080
Characteristics: xiii, 205 p. : ill. ; 21 cm


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Nov 06, 2017

I particularly enjoyed the Audio CD format of this novel read by Ethan Hawke. He is very engaging.

Nov 05, 2017

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

May 01, 2017

Wonderful and gripping. Hard content at times but well written

Aug 05, 2016

Just as good as when I read it in college. A great anti-war story.

Ham625 Apr 24, 2015

A good thoughtful read.

Feb 09, 2012

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.

Apr 09, 2011

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 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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Mar 07, 2019

Slaughterhouse five was interesting overall but was very hard to read because of all the setting changes that happened throughout the book. I would rate this book five out of ten. This is a result of a lot of the problems that were in the book that made it hard to follow and boring at times. I liked the story overall as it followed Billy Pilgrim through different parts of time and through his life. The different events that happened through Billy life are interesting and bring life to the book that most books don’t have. Also the book is written as if Billy Pilgrim is revisiting the past and already knows what is happening throughout the story. For example he knows when certain events are about to happen to him. I like this because it brings the character out in a different way and new light. However the parts that stuck out the most were the parts that were hard to follow. Without giving anything away this book really flew from moment to moment. For example the main character Billy would be in World War II for two paragraphs and then be in a different part of his life for the next few pages. This could cause trouble to a reader who is not paying full attention to one part and then comes back to read it again the next day that reader will be lost and confused if they don’t remember what happened from last time they read it. I would suggest reading this in a group setting for a book club or for english class as a assigned reading book. I believe this would fit well in that setting because this book is a great book to talk about and analyze but not a great book to read by yourself


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