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Monday, December 28, 2015

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut | Book Review

My first thought upon reading Vonnegut was that he writes amazing details. Details that paint his scenes on the canvas of my mind in brilliant sharp clarity. Each carefully crafted sentence a brushstroke adding light, shadow, and color to his characters crashing through their various environments. Sadly those brilliant scenes were smeared into banality before the end of the novel for me. Look around though, it seems I'm the only one who thought this book was okay but not great.

Some of my favorite quotes from this book:

This one is describing the main character walking through a war-zone in his civilian clothes with no helmet or weapon - dirty and red faced.
"He looked like a filthy flamingo."
I've never heard a dog's bark described this way and I think it's brilliant but then I'm a sucker for similes and alliteration:
"That dog had a voice like a big bronze gong."
All that said, I liked this book but by the end of it I was glad it was over. I had grown bored of it. I didn't really care for the way it jumped randomly from one snippet of Billy Pilgrim's life to another. It was really weird. Definitely interesting and I've never read anything like it before, but this is one book I'm glad I've finished because I didn't want to keep reading it.

From the reviews I've glanced over on Amazon, Goodreads, and YouTube I'm in the minority and this book is pretty much loved by all, but it was kind of just okay to me. Props to Vonnegut for doing what he did in this book and the great writing in it, but this book didn't hold my attention until the end. Maybe that's my fault, what can I say? Comment and disagree with me and tell me why I'm wrong :) I will try reading other Vonnegut books though, because he's a great writer, but next time I want a more cohesive story instead of a weird fiction / non-fiction melting pot of scenes.

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