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Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
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Oct 10, 2011

it was amazing

Vonnegut spent many years deliberating over how he was going to write this book. Given Vonnegut's reputation as a brilliant American writer, I would think that fact alone would be enough to sway many potential readers. Vonnegut's experiences in the Second World War clearly show through in this bizarre, fractured attempt to address the firebombing of Dresden, and the innocent people who suffered as a result. A refrain featured in the book is the tweeting of a bird: "Poo-too-weet?" This bird and his meaningless mantra conveys Vonnegut's thoughts on expressing the inexpressible: in the face of such horrifying inhumanities, what is there to say? This question is exactly what Vonnegut explored in this book, and what drove him to spend years pondering how he would write it. I hope his would-be readers don't take quite so long.

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