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Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
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Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)

by Kurt Vonnegut

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Billy Pilgrim returns home from the Second World War only to be kidnapped by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore, who teach him that time is an eternal present.
Recently added byRajLT, turmacar, Mazoga, Jayeless, Serrana, Kevkram, msto, private library, maggot8666, gmickd
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    esswedl: Both of these Vonnegut novels involve the question of free will (and both are great).
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    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (andomck)
    andomck: Both books, besides having science fiction/magical realism elements, discuss bloody episodes of WWII from the point of view of everyday people.
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    Crash Gordon and the Mysteries of Kingsburg by Derek Swannson (jasbro)
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    Candide by Voltaire (SCPeterson)
    SCPeterson: Vonnegut is the Voltaire of our age of un-enlightenment.
  12. 10
    Payback by Gert Ledig (hvg)
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    God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: Elliot Rosewater, the main character of God Bless You, Mr Rosewater, appears in Slaughterhouse-Five. Also, they both feature books from fictional author Kilgore Trout.
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    Armageddon in Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut (Ronoc)
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    The Book of Jonas by Stephen Dau (PghDragonMan)
    PghDragonMan: War is not glorious and even survivors are not unscathed.
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I did like this book, but it didn't seem very "special" to me. I'm finding it interesting to read other people's reviews and find that they're often relating the book to their own lives – dead and ex-POW grandfathers. If you feel some resonance like that while reading it, then I can see why you'd rate it highly, but the only thing that's resonating with me is these reviews.

The book itself is still good, though. Worth a read, at least. ( )
  Jayeless | May 27, 2020 |
"It had to be done," Rumfoord told Billy, speaking of the destruction of Dresden.
"I know," said Billy.
"That's war."
"I know. I'm not complaining"
"It must have been hell on the ground."
"It was," said Billy Pilgrim.
"Pity the men who had to do it."
"I do."
"You must have had mixed feelings, there on the ground."
"It was all right," said Billy. "Everything is all right, and everybody has to do exactly what he does. I learned that on Tralfamadore."

The best part of the book - an seemingly apathetic yet appealing prose. ( )
  MahiShafiullah | May 25, 2020 |
the most beautiful place in the world ( )
  victor.k.jacobsson | May 23, 2020 |
Not your average war book. Several good spots where you can actually laugh. Sarcasm and comedy is there, just as time travel. So it goes. ( )
  Karolis.Mikutis | May 12, 2020 |
Re-read in preparation for Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five: Bookmarked by Curtis Smith ( )
  evil_cyclist | Mar 16, 2020 |
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Kurt Vonnegutprimary authorall editionscalculated
Brioschi, LuigiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chesterman, AdrianIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Donkers, JanAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ferrer, JoseNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Franco, JamesNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
García de Miró, MargaritaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hawke, EthanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hens, GregorTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holder, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hoog, ElseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The cattle are lowing,
The Baby awakes.
But the little Lord Jesus
No crying He makes.
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For Mary O'Hare and Gerhard Müller
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All this happened, more or less.
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Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops.
There was a a soft drink bottle on the windowsill. Its label boasted that it contained no nourishment whatsoever.
I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not to fill them with satisfaction or glee.
So it goes.
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Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time.
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From the World War Two firebombing of Dresden to the distant planet called Tralfamadore, the reader follows Billy Pilgrim in his attempt to understand the natures of time and existence.
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