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Slaughterhouse-five or The children's crusade  by Kurt Vonnegut
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Mar 25, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction

Considering that post-traumatic stress disorder was not really an accepted condition when this book was written, it does a wonderful job of portraying the experiences had at Dresden and throughout the second world war.

The writing is often filled with humour and the broken style conveys the disjointed reality with precision. After reading the tale it is hard to imagine any other way that the same story could be told. At times it's filled with nonsense, while others remain severely tragic. The protagonist's obsession with trashy science fiction novels acts as an effective way to give substance and cause to his condition following the war.

Overall this book is exceptionally strong in its delivery and Kurt Vonnegut has told an important tale with all the charm, wit and integrity that it deserves. Usually I'm not a fan of war-related tales, but this one proves to be the exception.

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Reading Progress

March 25, 2009 – Shelved
June 24, 2009 –
page 45
June 25, 2009 –
page 75
Started Reading
June 27, 2009 – Finished Reading
July 31, 2010 – Shelved as: fiction

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