Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

First published: March 1969
2015 Popsugar RC Category: A Banned Book
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BLUF: Pass on this classic.

Um.. What?I’m not going to lie to you: I had to Google what makes this book so great. I still have no idea why it is popular. Maybe because it was a hit when it came out (for reasons unknown). Maybe it is because of the attempts to censor this book soon after. If you know, please enlighten me.

Plot: Slaughterhouse-Five follows Billy Pilgrim’s life in a haphazard manner. We are led in and out of his life, through good times and bad. We visit an alien planet where Pilgrim is set on display as an exhibit in the zoo. We learn about his time within the army. We even go through his post-army career as an optometrist. It’s a mildly entertaining take on a fictive autobiography.

My Take: I didn’t have a problem with the choppy writing or with its clarity. I didn’t have a problem with the science fiction or the way the novel skipped around. I did have a problem finding interest in this story, understanding its point, and, like most, staying sane through the excessive use of the phrase “So it goes”.

Disclaimer: The only disclaimer I can give is that I don’t do too well with older books.


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