Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher: The Dial Press
Publication Date: 2009 (1969)
Format: E-Book - EPUB
Source: Bought Copy
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.