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Slaughterhouse-5

by Kurt Vonnegut

This time-traveling WWII book is definitely a single-session read, mostly because it's quite short and never fails to be thought-provoking, hilarious and, of course unpredictable.

You will never see an anti-war book like it (except perhaps Catch-22 ??) and you will certainly never see science fiction in the same way.

Oh, and.....yep....it had me laughing and crying on the same page on more than one occasion.

Suggested by Claypole, Oxford

Tagged with: gripping stunning

 

Comments

The central event of the book is the fire-bombing of Dresden in February 1945 which destoyed the city and killed tens of thousands of civilians. This horrific bombing, over several days, was witnessed by Kurt Vonnegut, who drew on his experience in writing the book. What could have been a grim and depressing story isn't; it's touching and funny and sad. The time travel and science fiction elements prevent this from a being a straightforward World War Two narrative. It's difficult to know quite what to make of this aspect of the story though. Is it meant to imply that the narrator is having a mental breakdown, perhaps a sympton of what we would now call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? However you understand it, it's a great book. Highly recommended.
Kata Markon
 

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