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Slaughterhouse Five or The Children's Crusade A Duty Dance with DeathSelected by the Modern Library or The PDF #200 as one of the best novels of all time Slaughterhouse Five an American classic i I have to admit to being somewhat baffled by the acclaim Slaughterhouse 5 has received over the years Sure the story is interesting It has a fascinating and mostly successful blend of tragedy and comic relief And yes I guess the fractured structure and time travelling element must have been uite novel and original back in the day But that doesn't excuse the book's flaws of which there are a great many in my seemingly unconventional opinion Take for instance Vonnegut's endless repetition of the phrase 'So it goes' Wikipedia informs me it crops up 106 times in the book It felt like three hundred times to me About forty pages into the book I was so fed up with the words 'So it goes' that I felt like hurling the book across the room something I have not done since trying to read up on French semiotics back in the 1990s I got used to coming across the words every two pages or so eventually but I never grew to like them God no I found some other nits to pick too Some of them were small and trivial and frankly rather ridiculous such as wait for it the hyphen in the book's title Seriously what is that hyphen doing there There's no need for a hyphen there Couldn't someone have removed it like 437 editions ago And while I'm at it couldn't some discerning editor have done something about the monotonous uality of Vonnegut's prose about the interminable repetition of short subject verb object sentences Don't get me wrong I'm not saying all authors should use Henry James or Claire Messud length sentences Heaven forbid I'm actually rather fond of minimalism both in visual art and in writing But Vonnegut's prose is so sparse and simplistic it's monotonous rather than minimalist to the point where I freuently found myself wishing for a run on sentence every now and then or for an actual in depth description of something I hardly ever got either As a result there were times when I felt like I was reading a bare bones outline of a story rather than the story itself Granted it was an interesting outline larded with pleasing ideas and observations but still I think the story could have been told in a effective way A less annoying way tooAs for the plot I liked it I liked the little vignettes Vonnegut came up with and the colourful characters he created the British officers being my particular favourites I liked the fact that you're never uite sure whether Billy is suffering from dementia brain damage or some kind of delayed post traumatic stress disorder or whether there is some actual time travelling going on I even liked the jarring switches in perspective although I think they could have been handled in a slightly subtle manner And I liked the book's anti war message weak and defeatist though it seemed to be In short I liked the book but it took some doing I hope I'll be less annoyed by the two other Vonnegut books I have sitting on my shelves Breakfast of Champions and Cat's Cradle
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S one of the world's great antiwar books Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time “All moments past present and future always have existed always will exist” SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE Kurt VonnegutMy junior year of college I had a roommate Don his nickname was Har Don which he hated; Har Don loved Kurt Vonnegut no he worshiped Kurt Vonnegut It’s ironic since everything Har Don believed in was the antithesis of what Vonnegut stood for Don insisted I read Vonnegut's SLAPSTICK He told me it was the greatest novel ever written I did and it isn't He insisted I was wrong I wasn't But I was done with Vonnegut; there were authors I was craving to read and Vonnegut was not one of themSkip ahead to my joining Goodreads Friends here people whose opinions I truly respect kept telling me I had to read SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE So I broke down and picked up a copy And Well it is hard to put into words how much I loved the world inhabited by Billy PilgrimI can honestly say I have not read anything like SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE That's a good thing I had just finished NORWEGIAN WOOD and LIE WITH ME two tales of young love gone wrong so I was looking to inhabit an entirely different world SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE definitely was that world or should I say worldsSLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE is based on Vonnegut's experiences as a POW during the Allied bombing of Dresden in 1945 SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE is considered a modern literary masterpiece as it should be It propelled Vonnegut who had been largely ignored by both critics and the public to fame and literary acclaim So it goesSLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE follows Billy Pilgrim a man who becomes unstuck in time and brings together different periods of Billy's life his time as an ill fated soldier his post war optometry career and a foray in an extraterrestrial zoo where he served as an exhibit with humor and deep insightSLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE was published on March 31 1969 and became an instant and surprise hit It spent sixteen weeks on the New York Times best seller list and went through five printings by July of 1969SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE has not been without controversy The American Library Association listed the book as the 46th most banned or challenged book of the first decade of the 21st century It was banned from Oakland County Michigan public schools in 1972 The circuit judge there accused the novel of being “depraved immoral psychotic vulgar and anti Christian” No wonder I loved it“My books are being thrown out of school libraries all over the country—because they’re supposedly obscene Vonnegut told the Paris Review I’ve seen letters to small town newspapers that put Slaughterhouse Five in the same class with Deep Throat and Hustler magazine How could anybody masturbate to Slaughterhouse Five” I'm starting to like this Vonnegut characterIn 2011 Wesley Scroggins an assistant professor at Missouri State University called on the Republic MO school board to ban SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE He wrote in the local paper 'This is a book that contains so much profane language it would make a sailor blush with shame The ‘f word’ is plastered on almost every other page The content ranges from naked men and women in cages together so that others can watch them having sex to God telling people that they better not mess with his loser bum of a son named Jesus Christ' The board eventually voted 4 0 to remove the novel from the high school curriculum and its libraryIn response to this ban the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis gave away 150 free copies of SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE to Republic Missouri students who wanted to read it As a kid who was not allowed to give book reports in front of the class because my reading choices were morally uestionable I now officially love the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial LibrarySLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE is the strange tale of Billy Pilgrim As i said previously Billy becomes unstuck from the linear nature of time and takes us along on his journey Billy Pilgrim is the anti everyman while engaging in love ethics war science and aliens SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE's main theme is man’s inhumanity to man throughout historySLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE is not without its own heartfelt themes It is most definitely an anti war book It is in many ways an anti death book It presents a philosophy uestioning the purpose of life amidst determinism Ayn Rand would have hated SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE yet another reason to love this bookSLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE is often insensitive and dark and yet you can't help but laugh at the world Vonnegut has created SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE is full of contradictions that only serve to make Vonnegut's points SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE doesn't end with the death of Billy Pilgrim That would far to simple an ending for something as brilliant as this; Billy lives on reliving this strange existence learning and relearning the lessons of his life unstuck from time So have I revised my opinion of Vonnegut Most definitely Will I read Vonnegut in the future Yes but selectively Will I reread Slapstick NEVER