A REVIEW FROM MY COMMUTE: Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

And so it goes…

Today’s review from my commute is Kurt Vonnegut’s bizarre masterpiece Slaughterhouse Five


Unstuck in time, Billy Pilgrim, Vonnegut’s shattered survivor of the Dresden bombing, relives his life over and over again under the gaze of aliens; he comes at last to some understanding of the human comedy. The basis of George Roy’s great 1972 film and perhaps the signature student’s novel in the 1960’s embracing protest and the absurdity of war.

I read Slaughterhouse Five for the first time in high school (many more moons ago than I care to admit…) and was struck by the subtle nuances of protest under the umbrella of time travel and science fiction. The story at times seems hard to follow but the over-arcing themes and plot line always work themselves out to create a picture of bizarre fantasticness.

I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting the story of Billy Pilgrim in audiobook format and would recommend that everyone take a chance on Slaughterhouse Five if they haven’t already.

My Rating: 5 out of 5

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