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Slaughterhouse 5 (Study Guide)

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Published July 15th 2002 by SparkNotes
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Aug 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I learned that flashbacks, flashforwards, and aliens are not as baffling as one might at first think.
Gabe Philips
Unstuck in time. Very cool concept. The Tralfamadorians accepted their fate and chose to only relish the good moments. Deep down they knew they had bad moments as well, including the destruction of the universe, but they choose to ignore it. While it is an interesting concept, it reinforces my faith that I have the power to choose my own outcomes. Rather that accepting that bad things will happen or just pushing them to the back of my conscious thoughts, I can do something about it and make life ...more
Steve Gillway
Sep 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Talking to my son about WW2 sparked me into re-reading this book. Amazingly slight, yet so dense. He sets out the whole book in the prologue and then delivers in such a pleasingly unconventional way. The treatment of the war and warfare as horrible/ devasting and unremmitingly unfair is certainly needed now more than ever.
Steve Abercrombie
Aug 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was a very fun read. I really only picked it up to discover the origin of my band's song Tralmadore, but quickly fell for the time travel/ridiculousless of war storyline. Worth reading again and again! In fact you should read it and then go back in time to tell yourself to read it again.

oh by the way, i read the actual book by kurt vonnegut, not the study guide.
Oct 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deep and dark, definetely displays the evils of war and the mistakes that are made. I like to read stream-of-conscience narratives and this one is so well done! Billy Pilgrim is poetic at times-for sure a classic worth reading and owning.
Sep 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is pretty fun, though not as hilarious as Vonnegut's other books. The content is interesting and he ties in a few characters from his other books which is fun. I learned a few thing about WWII but don't know if any of them are true. All in all it's a good read.
Erica Galland
Sep 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
Years ago I started, but did not finish "Breakfast of Champions" by this same author. Starting, hating, and finishing this book has confirmed to me I just do not like his work.
Aug 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
kind of trippy.
Mar 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Im really liking this book so far. It's got a slight sci-fi edge that I normally wouldn't enjoy but it's so well written that I'm kinda buying in to it.
Dec 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Not at all what I was expecting. Less scifi and more historical WW2 fiction. Kind of aimless and meandering at times.
Nov 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A heart-wringing excursion into Vonnegut's wartime experiences, compassion, & imagination.
Jul 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a huge Vonnegut fan but this is my favorite of his.
Aug 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book was very interesting to read, though I feel that I will best appreciate it the second time around.
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