Tuesday 23 September 2014

Book Review: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Title: Slaughterhouse-Five
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
The Dial Press
Publication Date: 2009 (1969)
Pages: 133
Format:  E-Book - EPUB
Genre: Fiction
Source: Bought Copy

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Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden. (Goodreads Synopsis)

Slaughterhouse-Five is one of those always on the 'books you have to read' lists, so I thought it was high time I gave it a try.
I wasn't sure what to expect and so the style of the book took me a little by surprise. The tale is this bizarre mismatch of time travel, alien abduction and war that still has a serious message underneath.
The plot jumps around a lot, but it was not difficult to follow, and the prose was enjoyable and easy to read.
I'm not sure I quite understand why this book is praised as highly as it is: I found it good, but it didn't blow me away.
Still, I can recommend this for fans of absurdest literature or those looking for something deep yet playful.

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