Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse-Five Cover

Slaughterhouse - Five


This is clearly the best Vonnegut I have read. In typical Vonnegut fashion he playfully leads the reader over a surrealistic landscape dropping little crumbs of wisdom for you to follow. The major theme of this work is its anti war stance. The novel states that war is a necessity of life just as death is, so it goes. However death is not the final product. Life is ongoing and it loops and turns back upon itself all the time. As I read this 1969 novel, written during America's anti war movement, I was taken aback by how much things seem to have stayed the same. Are we stuck on a time loop? So it goes.