Reviews: SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut is another WWII book that participants have read this year.

Check out the excerpt below and click on the link for a full review.

The Bookworm’s Hideout said:

The firebombing of Dresden, which is ostensibly the major event around which the novel centers, is only seen obliquely, and mostly through its after-effects (immediate and long term). That being said, the chapter that dealt with it more or less directly was the most compelling to me.

Under the Boardwalk said:

The novel is based on Kurt Vonnegut’s own experience in World War II. In the novel, a prisoner of war witnesses and survives the Allied forces’ firebombing of Dresden. Vonnegut, like his pro-tagonist Billy Pilgrim, emerged from a meat locker beneath a slaughter-house into the moonscape of burned-out Dresden.

Becky’s Book Reviews said:

Weird but in a mostly good way. It’s an odd little novel–to be sure–what with Billy Pilgrim’s voyaging in and out of time. The brief moments here and there that the reader gets glimpses of. Shuffled memories of a hard life. We spend a lot of time with Billy during the war–World War II for those that may not be familiar with this one. He was a prisoner of war.

It’s All About Me said:

I’ve always wondered what the title of Kurt Vonnegut’s anti-war novella referred to, now I know that it’s the address of where American prisoners-of-war were kept in Dresden towards the end of WWII. The book is in fact about Vonnegut’s experience of the bombing of Dresden, although it doesn’t really come up that often.

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