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Jen2386, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Jen2386)
This is absolutely my favorite book of all time. A must read! I have read it several times.
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ReaderOfBooks, April 2, 2011 (view all comments by ReaderOfBooks)
This is my favorite book in the world! Billy Pilgrim's time - traveling throughout the book adds a lot of fun to it. You never know what part of his life you'll be reading about next. I also like the Tralfamadorians and how they view time like a stretch of mountains. I like how Kurt Vonnegut tells Billy Pilgrim's life in a non - chronological order. His traveling through time shows how little control he has in his life, in a way. It uses the idea of having no free will, like some other Kurt Vonnegut novels, like Cat's Cradle. Awesome book!
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ReaderOfBooks, April 2, 2011 (view all comments by ReaderOfBooks)
This is my favorite book in the world! Billy Pilgrim's time - traveling throughout the book adds a lot of fun to it. You never know what part of his life you'll be reading about next. I also like the Tralfamadorians and how they view time like a stretch of mountains. I like how Kurt Vonnegut tells Billy Pilgrim's life in a non - chronological order. His traveling through time shows how little control he has in his life, in a way. It uses the idea of having no free will, like some other Kurt Vonnegut novels, like Cat's Cradle. Awesome book!
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Gregorio Roth, February 7, 2011 (view all comments by Gregorio Roth)
Wow! What can a man say that has never fought in a war, never been shot at, and never seen the effects of wars first hand: I feel kind of cheap in reviewing this book especially about the war scenario portrayed in the book Slaughter House Five.

But this book is also a commentary on life. Vonnegut is not a a bleeding heart liberal, a pacifist. He is a "modern prophet" telling humans to wake up from their vegetative state,wake up, and feel again. This book will make you feel again. It will make you question again. It will not be easy to feel again, but weak people should die from their need to hide history in volumes of correlated data points.


The role of the author according to Vonnegut(from my extrapolation) is to be the optometrist for the historical era they live in. Optometrists help near sided people see far away, and far sided people to see what's near. The optometrist helps people see again rightly. One way the novelist does this is by providing a way to break from the cold, safe, logistical view of humanity. We are to see the heart of entombed volumes of historical data, by walking with the participants of historical moments. It is easy to distance oneself from a number, 135,000 people. It is easy to dismiss the death of characterized evil beings from a far away land. But Vonnegut forces one to look again at these people, and what war did to Dresden.


I cluck this book real high, just be prepared for a book that may move you down into the mucky reality of modern warfare/lifestyles.
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Elliott Blackwell, June 8, 2010 (view all comments by Elliott Blackwell)
Only Kurt Vonnegut could write a novel about the bombing of Dresden, time travel, aliens, and post-war America and make it all work brilliantly. This book also has one of my favorite lines from literature: "Listen: Billy Pilgrim has become unstuck i time." If you've never read Vonnegut, I highly recommend starting with this book.
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ISBN:
9780440180296
Author:
Vonnegut, Kurt
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Dell
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Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr.
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New York, N.Y. :
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World war, 1939-1945
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1st Laurel ed.
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Mass market paperback
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Y
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95
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November 1991
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Paperback
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General/trade
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English
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Y
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224
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6.92x4.23x.61 in. .24 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages Laurel Editions - English 9780440180296 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Highly imaginative, nearly psychedelic....It is very tough and very funny; it is sad and delightful; it is very Vonnegut; and it works."
"Review" by , "Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. has written one of the major novels of the year....Haunting....Irresistible reading....Poignant and hilarious, threaded with compassion and, behind everything, the cataract of a thundering moral statement."
"Review" by , "Splendid art and simplicity....Nerve-racking control....A funny book at which you are not permitted to laugh, a sad book without tears, a tale told in a slaughterhouse."
"Synopsis" by , Slaughterhous-Five is one of the world's great anti-war books. Centering on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.
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