BOOK REVIEW. SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE.
I just finished Slaughterhouse-five for the second time. What a rush. What a book. What a writer.
Slaughterhouse-five pulls you in and doesn’t let you go. The book is charming, full of wit and dark humor. The book is sad, full of war and death. So it goes.
This book is about Dresden getting bombed into a trillion little pieces. It’s about the cruelty of war. It’s about the mind of a broken man.
It’s about getting abducted by aliens and put into a zoo on Tralfamadore.
I’m going to say the same thing I say before every book review: I’m a blogger, not a literary critic. I read this book. I think it’s good. Here’s why:
After putting down Slaughterhouse 5 I immediately picked up Our Mutual Friend By Charles Dickens. I was immediately bored to tears. It’s not Chuck’s fault; Chuck is a genius. It’s Vonnegut’s fault. Vonnegut is also a genius.
Vonnegut’s writing is a unique style called Postmodernism. The way I would describe it is that the story is disjointed and nonlinear. It jumps around different points of the story, and it is connected by the writing style. Even though something completely different may be happening in the next paragraph, it doesn’t feel out of place, because the paragraphs are connected by the way the author is writing. You never feel like you’re lost while reading it, and you never feel like the moments where you transition from different points in the story are jarring. Everything feels natural and entertaining.
The story still feels as though it progresses, even though it’s being told in this strange manner. It has a beginning, a middle, a climax, and an end. Even though you know exactly what’s going to happen throughout the story, you have a insatiable desire to keep reading. Vonnegut crafts his paragraphs in such a sharp rhythmic way that it is such a pleasure to read.
There are moments where you will be on the verge of tears, or laughing out loud. The story is grounded, yet at the same time it is fantastic and strange. It takes you from these surreal scenes of a boy who is hardly a man taken prisoner by the Germans in the war, to scenes with the same character being abducted by a spaceship decades later. Literally, these two story points happen paragraphs apart, and it flows perfectly.
I’m sure this book isn’t for everyone, though.
I gave one of my sister’s another book called Breakfast for Champions by Vonnegut once.
She didn’t like it.
I was furious.
Vonnegut isn’t for everyone. I guess everything isn’t for everyone. Some people don’t like chocolate. Some people don’t like summer. Some people don’t like the smell of the ocean.
So if you’re one of those crazy people, maybe don’t read Slaughterhouse-five.
In a more serious tone though, this book is violently sad and darkly humorous. If you can’t stand harsh language or serious tones (like war. Like World War 2) then maybe it’s a better idea to stick with something a bit more light-hearted. Like The Princess Bride.
This book is immensely difficult for me to describe. So I apologize if this review has confused you at all. All I mean to say is that this is one of the most entertaining books I’ve ever read. It’s a little over two hundred pages long, and you could get a copy for under ten bucks.
Get this book. Read it. Let me know if I was right to say it’s one of the most entertaining books you’ll ever read.
Because it’s one of the most entertaining books you’ll ever read.
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