Thursday, March 03, 2005

Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

Why do people like this book? I’m more of a hawk than a dove so that may color my perceptions, but this was awful. I’ll admit, it does a great job of describing the horrors of war, and I get the (not so subtle) irony of having Billy be an optometrist—a profession that traditionally helps others to see. The tale simply isn’t very interesting, though. If I hear, “So it goes” one more time I may puke! I rarely stop reading a book before I’m finished, but I was sorely tempted here.

First Sentence:
All this happened, more or less.

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