I’m about halfway through my next 100 Novels Project book, Kurt Vonnegut’s classic, Slaughterhouse-Five.
I’ve read this one before; the last time about 4 years ago. It’s not an easy book for some people because of the structure. I mean, you have a guy who is “unstuck in time”, so the narrative jumps all over the place – in World War II for one page, 1960s America the next, and some imaginary planet (presumably) called Tralfamadore on the following page. There are also quite a few heady concepts like the notion that time is not a series of cascading events, but actually occurs all at once, making the ideas of birth and death meaningless.
I have to admit this is probably another of those books that I’m not going to write about much. I mean, let’s face it, I’m not going to say anything that so many college students before me have not already regurgitated so they can muster a B- in English 101. So I will update again when I’m finished, but there won’t be any huge, in-depth research or analysis going on here. If you would like a more thorough examination, I suggest you check out the Wikipedia entry or SparkNotes.
Look for an update when I’m done.