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Don't let the ease of reading fool you--Vonnegut's isn't a conventional, or simple, novel. He writes, "There are almost no characters in this story, and almost no dramatic confrontations, because most of the people in it are so sick, and so much the listless playthings of enormous forces. One of the main effects of war, after all, is that people are discouraged from being characters..." Slaughterhouse-Five (taken from the name of the building where the POWs were held) is not only Vonnegut's most powerful book, it is as important as any written since 1945. Like Catch- 22, it fashions the author's experiences in the Second World War into an eloquent and deeply funny plea against butchery in the service of authority. Slaughterhouse-Five boasts the same imagination, humanity, and gleeful appreciation of the absurd found in Vonnegut's other works, but the book's basis in rock-hard, tragic fact gives it a unique poignancy--and humor. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
This is an innovative novel that reads more easily than it ought. At the end though, it is something less than the sum of its cleverness. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Rodge
nice printing. good cover, if you're getting it as a gift for a teen. they like skulls, apparently.Published 22 days ago by Avenger
Unfortunately, we lost Mr. Vonnegut in 2007. So it goes. His contributions to American literature, and his innate ability to write a believable science fiction novel will certainly... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dreya Bailes
it was ok, but it was not the good edition, its ok because i could read the story for 0,25 $Published 1 month ago by El-Shaheena Dupoux
This is probably one of the best books you will ever read. Absolutely brilliant. I would recommend to all people.Published 8 months ago by Evan Finnigan
A quick read: few books say so much in so few words. Artfully told: the main character gets "unstuck in time" as an author's device which allows him to juxtapose multiple... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Firestar