maandag 29 december 2014

Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse-Five


Slaughterhouse-Five has 215 pages and I got it from
It was nominated for the Nebula Award and for the Hugo Award.

“Slaughterhous-Five is one of the world's great anti-war books. Centering on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.”

This unstuck in time premise makes it clear that there are parallels between his past life in the war and his fantasylife with the aliens (especially the captivity). In his fantasylife he can rewrite his past, thus the pornstar who doesn’t make him feel emasculated. He wishes for a better life without all the faults he made and without the war.

I liked the jumping back and forth as Billy Pilgrim travels in time. There’s no suspense whatsoever because of that, but it is a nice touch.

The writing is very monotonous and honestly boring.
I just didn’t care for this book. I don’t hate it, I don’t love it; I don’t feel any sort of strong emotion about it. It’s strange, boring, tedious and aggravating.
And the 'so it goes' made me so irritated!
I can’t for the life of me see what makes this book so loved.

Lastly; a truly inspiring quote from the novel to leave you:
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to always tell the difference.”

Happy reading.