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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Selected by the Modern Library as one of the best novels of all time, Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world's great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published January 12th by Dial Press first published More Details Original Title. Campbell Jr. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Slaughterhouse-Five , please sign up. What does "So it goes" mean? The narrator seems to say that every time someone dies, so I was wondering what it meant. Mac I've thought a lot about this and I even have the phrase tattooed on my arm so my opinion doesn't matter any more than anyone else's I guess.
To me, i …more I've thought a lot about this and I even have the phrase tattooed on my arm so my opinion doesn't matter any more than anyone else's I guess. To me, in a nutshell, it means the inexorable universe doesn't care one whit about our lives and it's up to us to make of them what we will. Sometimes that is a pretty poor showing and sometimes it's fantastic, so it goes.
Sometimes awful things happen to innocent people, so it goes. Sometimes the most beautiful things happen to awful people, so it goes. Sometimes everything works out just the way we want it to, so it goes. I really don't know, it's just me and my mind making things up.
So it goes. Is this book overrated, the War part seems nothing more than recollection, not even fiction. Felicity Graham The whole point is the effect the event Dresden had on Billy - the question of whether he's imagining things, whether he's trying to escape, whether …more The whole point is the effect the event Dresden had on Billy - the question of whether he's imagining things, whether he's trying to escape, whether he thinks it's really real No, it is not overrated.
See all 34 questions about Slaughterhouse-Five…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Slaughterhouse-Five. Aug 21, Simeon rated it it was amazing Shelves: sci-fi , literature , classic , apocalypse. There are some terrible reviews of SH5 floating around Goodreads, but one particularly awful sentiment is that Slaughterhouse-Five isn't anti-war.
This is usually based on the following quote. I'm not complaining" "It must have been hell on the ground. I learned that on Tralfamadore. Rumfoord is an old military historian described as "hateful and cruel" who wants to see weaklings like Billy exterminated. On Tralfamadore, Billy was introduced to the revelation that all things happen exactly as they do, and that they will always happen that way, and that they will never happen any other way.
Meaning, time is all at once. The aliens, incidentally, admit to destroying the universe in a comical accident fated far into the future, and they're very sorry, but so it goes. He lays catatonically in a hospital bed after the plane crash and the death of his wife, and all the time traveling back and forth from Dresden where toddlers and families and old grannies and anti-war civilians were burned alive in a carefully organized inferno so it goes , and Billy is about ready to agree to absolutely anything.
It can't be prevented. It can't be helped. You're powerless, after a while. What hope have we, or anyone caught in the middle of a war, or even the poor soldiers who are nothing but pawns and children hence the children's crusade , to influence these gigantic, global events? Therefore, Billy agrees with the hateful, the cruel Mr. Rumfoord, who is revising his military history of WWII, having previously forgotten to mention the Dresden bombing.
Women and children, not evaporated instantly, but melted slowly by chemicals and liquid flame, their leftovers, according to Billy, lying in the street like blackened logs, or in piles of families who died together in their little homes. Incidentally, how can anything be pro-war or anti-war? Because being anti-war is a bit like being anti-conflict, anti-death, and anti-suffering.
Is there a book that's pro these things? Is there a book that touches on the subject of war and is not against it? We don't support wars, though we are sometimes forced to accept them. Anyone who thinks that the bombing of Dresden was necessary is delusional. It's like saying, "yo, look how they bombed these innocents - that shit was wrong!
Let's go bomb some innocents, too. View all 28 comments. I miss Kurt Vonnegut. He hasn't been gone all that long. Of course he isn't gone, yet he is gone. He has always been alive and he will always be dead. Slaughterhouse-five is next to impossible to explain, let alone review, but here I am. And here I go. What is it about? It's about war. It's about love and hate. It's about post traumatic stress. It's about sanity and insanity. It's about aliens not the illegal kind, the spacey kind.
It's about life. It's about death. This is how I get through the day. Most days I am successful, some days I'm not. Today is one of the "not" days. Like so many Americans these days, I feel I'm in a rut. Like so many Americans I don't understand why I am where I am.
This was not the plan. This was not what I had in mind Oh poor me This book. This book got me thinking. So much about life sucks, true, but not many of us want to give up on it that easy. And what makes "good ones" is our ability to create and enjoy creating
It follows the life and experiences of Billy Pilgrim , from his early years to his time as an American soldier and chaplain's assistant during World War II , to the postwar years, with Billy occasionally traveling through time itself. The text centers on Billy's capture by the German Army and his survival of the Allied firebombing of Dresden as a prisoner of war , an experience which Vonnegut himself lived through as an American serviceman. The work has been called an example of "unmatched moral clarity"  and "one of the most enduring antiwar novels of all time". The story is told in a non-linear order, and events become clear through flashbacks and time travel experiences from the unreliable narrator. The narrator describes the stories of Billy Pilgrim, an American man from the fictional town of Ilium, New York who believes he was held in an alien zoo on the fictional planet of Tralfamadore and has experienced time travel.
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