I’ve never read Kurt Vonnegut. How is that possible? I’m not sure, but in my continuing effort to find classic novels I’ve missed along the way I decided to tackle Vonnegut’s most famous work, at the urging of my husband.
First of all, I love his writing style. It’s like reading a letter from a close friend. Lyrical and poetic despite the topic of war and death and dementia. Beautiful and easy to read with a comforting syntax. In fact I read the entire book (226 pages) in just a couple of hours.
Slaughterhouse Five, is an American Anti-War Classic novel written in 1969. Despite its age it holds up very well even today. The topic – war and what it does to people. The story follows Billy Pilgrim, a time traveling soldier, and his crazy and demented world that includes being in Dresden Germany during the infamous firebombing of that city at the end of WWII. Billy’s life past, present and future unfolds in the story, not in linear order, as Billy himself time travels back and forth through childhood, marriage, career, war and mental illness.
Is Billy real? Or is he actually Vonnegut reliving his own horrifying experience in Dresden? Likely the story is semi-autobiographical. A beautifully written story of the ravages of war on the human psyche.
Five Stars for Slaughterhouse Five.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Read last week’s review of Everything I Never Told You