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Book Review: Slaughterhouse-Five

By: Haley Troha


Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut, is a classic anti-war book written in Vonnegut’s unique style. Based on both Vonnegut’s real world experience and fictional happenings, Slaughterhouse-Five is the story of Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time. It includes events such as the fire-bombing of Dresden, fantasical characters, and other creatures such as the Tralfamadorians. While this is an incredibly well-known and celebrated book, it is also very convoluted and hard to follow, especially since it is not written in chronological order. It also contains a lot of over-the-top descriptions of violence and gore, as well as crude language and explicit content. I can really only recommend this book to people who have already read and enjoyed Kurt Vonnegut’s writing style in his other books, and unfortunately, I cannot rate it above a 2.5 out of 5.

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