Review of Slaughterhouse Five
  by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Jun 09 2021

The novel follows the life events of a fictional veteran who never actually got to fight in World War II, as he was shortly captured and turned into a prisoner. Unlike a traditional plot, Slaughterhouse Five resembles a memoir format.

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I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while because I’ve always heard that Vonnegut is an acclaimed author. However it was difficult for me to get through the first chapter and I dropped it temporarily. Eventually I forced myself to finish it for a book club.

I thought it was interesting that the author is clear about his political stance on war. Most of the events definitely come off as candid observations from his own war experience, and it felt emotionally numb. I wonder if the story could’ve expanded on what it’s like to make hard decisions.

I wouldn’t consider this book a must-read or a game changer, but it’s also dated and the impact of its message might not resonate as much in the age of the Internet. Also I’m not a huge fan of military fiction and usually I drop them in a heartbeat, but Vonnegut’s voice carries the story through.

Verdict: 3 / 5

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