Wow! What can a man say that has never fought in a war, never been shot at, and never seen the effects of wars first hand: I feel kind of cheap in revWow! What can a man say that has never fought in a war, never been shot at, and never seen the effects of wars first hand: I feel kind of cheap in reviewing this book especially about the war scenario portrayed in the book Slaughter House Five.
But this book is more a commentary on life. Vonnegut is not a a bleeding heart liberal, a pacifist. He is a "modern prophet" telling humans to wake up from their vegetative state,wake up, and feel again. This book will make you feel again. It will make you question again. It will not be easy to feel again, but weak people should die from their need to hide history in volumes of correlated data points. And so it goes...
The role of the author according to Vonnegut(from my extrapolation) is to be the optometrist for the historical era they live in. Optometrists help near sided people see far away, and far sided people to see what's near. The optometrist helps people see again rightly. One way the novelist does this is by providing a way to break from the cold, safe, logistical view of humanity. We are to see the heart of entombed volumes of historical data, by walking with the participants of historical moments. It is easy to distance oneself from a number, 135,000 people. It is easy to dismiss the death of characterized evil beings from a far away land. But Vonnegut forces one to look again at these people, and what war did to Dresden.
The book is a puzzle to be puzzled out and will be fully answered at the end of the book. So read the whole thing before quiting it.
Science Fiction Elements Tralfamadorians and the Zoo on Zircon 212: The reader can safely compare their own time with that of alienated world of the Tralfamadorians on Zircon 212. Time Travel: Time is moved by the semioticians, people who interpret the signs of the time, and uses time to frame life.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom always to tell the difference.
I cluck this book real high, just be prepared for a book that may move you down into the mucky reality of modern warfare/lifestyles....more
I liked this book a lot. The experience of encapsulating every chapter into a poem was a fun but challenging experience. Twain had a lot more than jusI liked this book a lot. The experience of encapsulating every chapter into a poem was a fun but challenging experience. Twain had a lot more than just a kids book in mind when he wrote this book. He was writing to all people who were caught up in the political question of the time: "Should one leave slavery alone, or do something about this issue?"
I however, did grow tired of Tom and felt like grabbing him by the lapels and screaming, "Grow up Kid!" But it was merely a book, and Tom Sawyers merely a fictional character, so I restrained myself.
This book is an astute answer to the political cross hairs of the nineteenth century. ...more
Fahrenheit 451 is a parable* about reading and the role of the critic/teacher. The book takes place in a future where books are burned and only comicFahrenheit 451 is a parable* about reading and the role of the critic/teacher. The book takes place in a future where books are burned and only comic books are allowed for reading. The main characters Montag and Faber battle against each other in war between the preservation of books and the need to burn them all.
The characters in the story represent the battle between readers and those that stand in the way of a free flow of information. Montag represents the blank piece of paper. Faber represents a pencil with an eraser. Faber desires to graft the critics wholesome viewpoint on the blank unwritten mind.
The outsider community represents the librarians who desire to keep the word pure of unnecessary edits.
The major take away from the book is how destructive it is to tell the youthful mind what to think about this or that idea/book. We keep our world sterilized written between the lines and only between the lines. We stand conditioned as trained morons, to use Prussian systematization to condition our future to be like drones thinking with homogenized answer. The homogenized answer is a problem in a divergent complex world.
A Classic Tale-liked it a lot!!! Also loved the discussion that we hated about it. It was a wonderful discussion at the Wednesday, Jackson branch Library Book Sandwiched In Group. Thanks for all that attended.
(Listened to this on Audio C.D. Read for B.S.I. Lakeland.)
*(ashort story that uses familiar events to illustrate a religious or ethical point)...more