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Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse-Five (original 1969; edition 1991)

by Kurt Vonnegut (Author)

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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.
Authors:Kurt Vonnegut (Author)
Info:Dell (1991), 215 pages
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Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (1969)

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kurang paham dengan maksud "so it goes", tapi mungkin maksudnya sama seperti Rest in Peace. karena setelah Billy Pilgrim bercerita tentang kematian seseorang atau kematian selalu diakhiri dengan "so it goes".
Atau bisa juga bermakna bahwa arwah orang2 yang meninggal tersebut pergi ke dunia yang lain ( )
  Titut | Feb 10, 2020 |
Clever and funny, yet also humane and humble - not something that many authors can do so effortlessly. The small section depicting a bombing raid conducted in reverse is brilliantly conceived and delivered. The writing was obnoxious at times, but it probably wouldn't be a book by Vonnegut if it wasn't. (Such as the excessive repetition of 'so it goes' to mock fatalism, which I wish had been conducted more though incisive dialog. I think Voltaire did a better job with this critique in Candide.) ( )
  reg_lt | Feb 7, 2020 |
War is sad. ( )
  barajash29 | Jan 22, 2020 |
This book got me to thinking about time and how it relates to one's life. More to the point that there are certain times for certain things. I think one's early 20's if the time for Vonnegut. I thought he was brilliant when I read him back then. Now, it comes off a little trite. Still enjoyable and uniquely constructed it's a good read in one's 40's. He is a visionary, I think. But like the events and characters in the book that visionary aspect only exists in a snip-it of time in the readers life. ( )
  ZephyrusW | Jan 13, 2020 |
"Shit happens, life is cruel and arbitrary and so is war" is not a novel's worth of insight. And repeating the same three-word phrase (so it goes) over and over is not enough to make it iconic. Tattoo-havers the world over, I question your taste. ( )
  being_b | Jan 8, 2020 |
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The cattle are lowing,
The Baby awakes.
But the little Lord Jesus
No crying He makes.
For Mary O'Hare and Gerhard Müller
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All this happened, more or less.
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.

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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