Slaughterhouse-Five written by Kurt Vonnegut begins with Billy Pilgrim, a man who after being abducted by aliens from planet Tralfamadore, became stuck in time. We get to trod behind Pilgrim footsteps through all aspects of his life – though the book focuses on Pilgrim’s experience as an American prisoner of war who witnessed the firebombing of Dresden.
Vonnegut’s isn’t a conventional, or simple, novel. He writes, “There are almost no characters in this story, and almost no dramatic confrontations because most of the people in it are so sick, and so much the listless playthings of enormous forces. One of the main effects of war, after all, is that people are discouraged from being characters.”
Slaughterhouse-Five is Vonnegut’s most influential book, though it resembles other Kurt Vonnegut creations. Slaughterhouse-Five still induces the same imagination, humanity, and simply a warm appreciation for his style of writing. But, remembering that the basis of the story is a tragic fact adds extra poignancy to the broth. Creating a soup of multiple contrasting flavors.
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