Slaughterhouse-Five

Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner o...

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Title:Slaughterhouse-Five
Author:Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
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ISBN:0385333846
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:275 pages

Slaughterhouse-Five Reviews

  • Kirstie
    Feb 15, 2008
    I read this book first in 1999 when my grandfather passed away. It was a bit of a coincidence as his funeral occurred between a Primate Anatomy exam and a paper for my Experimental Fiction class on Slaughterhouse Five. I was frantically trying to remember the names of all kinds of bones when I picke...
  • Martine
    Mar 11, 2008
    I have to admit to being somewhat baffled by the acclaim Slaughterhouse-5 has received over the years. Sure, the story is interesting. It has a fascinating and mostly successful blend of tragedy and comic relief. And yes, I guess the fractured structure and time-travelling element must have been qui...
  • Stephanie
    Apr 15, 2008
    I miss Kurt Vonnegut.He hasn't been gone all that long. Of course he isn't gone, yet he is gone. He has always been alive and he will always be dead. So it goes.Slaughterhouse-five is next to impossible to explain, let alone review, but here I am. And here I go.What is it about?It's about war.It's a...
  • TK421
    Aug 13, 2009
    There are only a few books that I ever really try to revisit. Sherlock Holmes and his stories are one. Some Shakespeare. And Slaughterhouse-Five. I have read this book every year since my first reading almost ten years ago. I read it as an undergraduate; I read it as a graduate student. I've written...
  • Simeon
    Aug 21, 2010
    There are some terrible reviews of SH5 floating around Goodreads, but one particularly awful sentiment is that Slaughterhouse-Five isn't anti-war.This is usually based on the following quote. "It had to be done," Rumfoord told Billy, speaking of the destruction of Dresden."I know," said Billy."That'...
  • Cecily
    Nov 07, 2010
    A strange and intriguing book that I found very hard to rate: a mixture of wartime memoir and sci fi - occasionally harrowing, sometimes funny and other times thought-provoking.PLOT It is the episodic story of Billy Pilgrim, a small town American boy, who is a POW in the second world war, later beco...
  • Garima
    May 23, 2012
    I finally read Vonnegut. I finally read a war novel. And after a long time I finally read something with so many GR ratings and a decent number of reviews which is precisely the reason I have nothing much to add to the already expressed views here. So I urge you to indulge me to state a personal ane...
  • Henry Avila
    Jun 06, 2012
    Now for something completely different , stating it mildly ...Billy Pilgrim is not just another time travelling man, kidnapped by aliens from the unknown planet Tralfamadore and put in their zoo, he's an eyewitness to the destruction of Dresden, during World War Two. Our Billy an optometrist, (eye d...
  • Matthias
    Aug 05, 2014
    Listen:This reviewer is stuck in time. He is unable to escape the narrow confines of the invisible, intangible machinery mercilessly directing his life from a beginning towards an end. The walls surrounding him are dotted with windows looking out on darkened memories and foggy expectations, easing t...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    Apr 17, 2015
    Every so often you read a book, a book that takes everything you thought created an excellent novel and tears it to pieces; it then sets it on fire and throws it out the window in a display of pure individual brilliance. That is how I felt when I read this jumbled and absurd, yet fantastic, novel. T...