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Slaughterhouse-Five; or, The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

20 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

Stimulating

I'm going into my junior year of high school in the fall, I read this book during the 1st days of my summer vacation because:
a) My English teacher told my class how amazing and absurb Vonnegut was and her plot synopsis captured my interest
b) The same English teacher...
I'm going into my junior year of high school in the fall, I read this book during the 1st days of my summer vacation because:
a) My English teacher told my class how amazing and absurb Vonnegut was and her plot synopsis captured my interest
b) The same English teacher spent all semester telling my class how are brains were turning to mush from reading Twilight/Harry Potter and that we should read more classics. So I decided to start reading CollegeBoard's 100 books for incoming college freshmen.

I was told from the get-go that this was a very very very eccentric novel and thats the kind of book I enjoy. I was very frustrated with myself up until about the last fifty pages because I did not understand the significance of the novel. However, the last fifty pages clicked all of the seemingly disconnected pieces together.

Mrs. Weil, my beloved English teacher, told us that if you cannot see the point of a piece of literature, you didn't read it carefully enough. This especially goes towards this novel, you have to read extremely closely if you want to understand or get something out of it.

In the end, the book was very insightful and I suggest that everyone read it.

posted by jp_the_bookie on June 21, 2009

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Not Reality

As a person who suffers from P.T.S.D., This book is ridiculous from that perspective. As is all Hollywood or written versions of it. As a science fiction book I think it is a good read, sometimes it is nice not to read to much into a book and just enjoy it. War is not s...
As a person who suffers from P.T.S.D., This book is ridiculous from that perspective. As is all Hollywood or written versions of it. As a science fiction book I think it is a good read, sometimes it is nice not to read to much into a book and just enjoy it. War is not something anyone wants especially the people who have to fight it. To read a book and think it can give you any understanding of what true violence is like is an insult. Read a book for the books sake

posted by Anonymous on April 11, 2008

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    Posted May 23, 2001

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    Sorry folks its just a 3 no more no less out of this so called 'brilliant classic'. It wasnt going anywhere most of the time and was just average in theme,style and story then it ends. This book is average even when paying respect to those who perished in Dresden. This book is only good for 8th grade junior level reading.

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