Monday, 11 January 2010

"Slaughterhouse Five"

A book I'd been meaning to read for a while, "Slaughterhouse Five" by Kurt Vonnegut was every bit as good as I'd been told to expect by the numerous people who had recommended it to me. Set towards the end of WWII, the book follows Billy Pilgrim, an American stationed in Germany, after he is captured and held as a prisoner of war. The story centres around the fire-bombing of Dresden in 1945.

I really enjoyed the book and enjoyed the intelligent writing, with it's scattered humour throughout - providing good comic relief from the horrors of war. I have included a quote below to illustrate the sort of dark humour that is used within the story.

"Billy coughed when the door was opened, and when he coughed he shit thin gruel. This was in accordance with the Third Law of Motion according to Sir Isaac Newton. This law tells us that for every action there is a reaction which is equal and opposite in direction.
    This can be useful in rocketry."
[Page 80]

My rating: (3.5/5.0)


  1. Very witty, I must say. However, are you sure it isn't "shat" instead? Otherwise the sentence would be grammatically inconsistent.

    Adrian Eisley

  2. It is "shit". It can be either "shit" or "shat".

  3. What a coincidence, this was on tv last night but didn't come across it till it was half over.

  4. Read this years ago. Glad to see that others are still enjoying it.

    I'm visiting as a member of the TAKE THE JOURNEY READING CHALLENGE in accordance with the January Bonus Incentive. Best wishes on reaching your 2010 reading goals.