Reviews of Slaughterhouse-Five (1966)
Review by fuzzy_patters (2006-05-08)
I thought that this book was exceptionally written and dripping with irony. Vonnegut argues against war, and yet he shows that circumstances sometimes cannot be avoided. One thing I noticed that has not been pointed out by other reviewers is that the book is philosophical, at times humanist and at others existentialist.
Review by predsy (2006-04-23)
Really funny and witty! Vonnegut has managed to create a nice balance between an anti-war story, and science fiction, without overdoing either one or the other. It's not difficult to read, and even though the main character jumps around in time a lot, I never felt as if I was losing tack of it. Definitely recommended!
Review by dan031082 (2006-03-15)
This is one of those books that I owned for quite a while before I actually picked it up and read it. I now can't wait to get my hands on everything Vonnegut has ever written. Like others, I would draw a comparison to Heller's Catch-22 but only to say that Vonnegut's humor or wit is a bit more dry and subtle. Despite the fact the book jumps around in time, it is easy to follow and read--I think I got through it in 2 afternoons. I would recommend this novel to anyone because it has a little bit of everything--humor, war, tragedy, exploration of the human psyche and even a little science fiction. I only wish I had read it sooner in life.
Review by eriksonmobile (2005-05-25)
Alongside Catch-22 probably the best fictional book which is set in WWII. The book is (among other things) an unbelievably interesting ad satiric account of the bombing of Dresden towards the end of World War 2. It may seem difficult for some to understand why Vonnegut chose to include sci-fi elements in this book but in my opinion the ideas presented in those passages are just as valuable as the war related bits. On the surface this book may seem simplistic but it is far from that.
Review by sTalking_Goat (2003-09-08)
I read Slaughter-House Five when I was 12. Needless to say I didn't 'get' a lot of it. I still thought it was cool though which I think says something, or maybe it doesn't.
Either way I wouldn't give it to a 12 year-old.
Review by Beaver (2003-05-14)
Slaughterhouse Five is kind of similar to Timequake in that it is a pretty disjoint story that jumps around a lot. It works much better in this, his earlier novel, though (maybe he copied the formula for Timequake and copied it weakly). Vonnegut actually has a purpose here: to tell the WWII story of the fire bombing of Dresden (which Vonnegut saw first hand). Slaughterhouse Five is very similar to Catch-22 in tone. Both are stories about war told in an off-handed, detached, humorous way. Catch-22 was funnier, but Slaughterhouse Five was more serious (minus an alien or two). 8/10
Review by transient0 (2003-03-07)
The best war book I have ever read, and one of the best books.