Slaughterhouse five – Kurt Vonnegut
I was somewhat disappointed. Maybe it was the title, but I expected it to be more horrific, gory even. I never imagined that it would read like a science fiction novel.
What I found interesting is the fact that the book is a meta-narrative semi-autobiography, because it is based on author Kurt Vonnegut’s own experience in Dresden.
I was confused and kept thinking that maybe, perhaps I had the wrong book in hand. But what are the chances that there are two books called ‘Slaughterhouse Five’?
It was hard to tell when the Billy Pilgrim character was telling the truth or hallucinating. Was he really abducted by aliens, was he really a time traveller or was it just all in his head?
I also kept thinking why ‘Billy Pilgrim’? Pilgrim creates the idea that the character is on a journey to discovery.
Backcover: Billy Pilgrim returns from World War II to a comfortable life and loving family, but the damage is already done. Unable to reconnect with his life, Billy has become “unstuck” in time and bounces from one decade to another, reliving moments of his life, unable to control where he will end up next. Slaughterhouse-Five treats one of the most horrific massacres in European history—the World War II firebombing of Dresden, a city in eastern Germany, on February 13, 1945—with mock-serious humor and clear antiwar sentiment (Source: sparknotes).
First published: 1969