“This was a book my brother gave me to read, and I should learn by now that the things he gives me won't always be easy reads...It takes some getting used to, to read a Vonnegut book. don't expect linear storytelling...If you can read a book like that and not care, then it's a good book. If it drives you nuts, if you must have a clear beginning, middle, and end, don't read it. ”Diane wrote this review Friday, December 7, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I wish I'd written a review straight after reading- it's been too long now for me to write a constructive review- but i'd just like to agree with sclarke and janie s... and add that sadly the repetition of 'so it goes' grated for me quite quickly.. ”Scary Fisherman wrote this review Thursday, December 6, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I don't intend this as a negative criticism, but Vonnegut's novels are less individual, memorable works of art than links in a chain, an ongoing, endlessly looping conversation. The subject rarely changes, each book blends together in the memory, the details dissolve, and what one is left with is the palpable sense of the chief character throughout - Vonnegut himself, with his wonderful narrative voice, bracingly humane, skeptical, and wryly funny.
"Slaughterhouse-Five" is the best of the novels. Perhaps the autobiographical truth, the eyewitness factor, helps give it a greater gravitas than his other work: it has more heft, crawls deeper under the skin. A scathing anti-war novel disguised as science fiction, a biting satire, and characteristically funny-sad. ”
“What's great about science-fiction is that every once in a while, the genre produces books like this. Science-fiction has the potential to be very subversive by projecting society's dysfunctions into the future (or onto an alien civilization, into an alternate universe, etc.). Or it can give an otherworldly perspective on our own little world.
I don't remember this book very well--I read it too long ago, but I remember liking it a lot, as other people have.”