Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/denebolasandbox/denebola_2009/wp-includes/ms-load.php on line 113
Denebola » Slaugherhouse-Five » Print

- Denebola - http://www.denebolaonline.net -

Slaugherhouse-Five

Posted By Denebola On November 21, 2007 @ 3:00 pm In Book Review | Comments Disabled

By Ben Tolkin
Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut, is one of the
funniest yet most depressing books I have read. It
tells the story of Billy Pilgrim, a World War II
veteran who has “come unstuck in time.”
Pilgrim constantly slides around to different parts of his
life, allowing the author to quickly juxtapose stories
of his unhappy marriage in middle-age with
semi-autobiographical accounts of the firebombing of
Dresden, Germany towards the close of the war.
The book hovers between satire and science fiction,
but always is a biting critique of war. Vonnegut’s
frank and gruesome depictions of the horrors of war
bring World War II to life. As he says in the opening
chapter, “there won’t be a part for Frank Sinatra or
John Wayne.” Slaughterhouse-Five doesn’t tell the
story of the heroes in war. It tells the story of the
ordinary, doomed children on the ground, whose story
is a powerful and terrible one that deserves to be
read.

The book hovers between satire and science fiction, but always is a biting critique of war. Vonnegut’s frank and gruesome depictions of the horrors of war bring World War II to life. As he says in the opening chapter, “there won’t be a part for Frank Sinatra or John Wayne.” Slaughterhouse-Five doesn’t tell the story of the heroes in war. It tells the story of the ordinary, doomed children on the ground, whose story is a powerful and terrible one that deserves to be read.

Read more


Article printed from Denebola: http://www.denebolaonline.net

URL to article: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2007/11/21/slaugherhouse-five/

URLs in this post:

[1] A Tale of Two Cities: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2007/11/21/a-tale-of-two-cities/

[2] Little Krishna: By Harish Johari: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2007/12/19/little-krishna-by-harish-johari/

[3] The Nutcracker: By Rachel Isadora: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2007/12/19/the-nutcracker-by-rachel-isadora/

[4] Book Beat by Jesse Leuchtenburg: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2007/09/23/book-beat-by-jesse-leuchtenburg/

[5] Rise to Rebellion: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2007/11/21/rise-to-rebellion/

Copyright © Denebola - The Official School Newspaper of Newton South High School