Saturday, April 4, 2015
Itching to find a book where the protagonist simultaneously travels through time, meets aliens and fights in World War II? Well, Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut is the perfect book for you. Billy Pilgrim, the protagonist, becomes "unstuck" in time and travels to his past, present, and future. He's visited Tralfamadore, a distant planet with Aliens. He has revisited his life before the war, and even seen his life after. Most importantly, however, the book circulates around his time as a POW traveling to Dresden, Germany just in time for the Bombing of Dresden in 1945. The book was funny, fascinating, and at times hard to follow. One paragraph he'll be drudging through fields with hundreds of other war torn Americans, the next he'll be swimming in a pool as a 12 year old boy. Overall, the book covers over topics like free will, time and death (though it's discussed in ways of frivolous time travel and alien discussions.) It's overall super fun to read, and I enjoyed every second of it. It's witty stories and overall themes captivated me, and I enjoyed Vonnegut's writing style. I certainly enjoyed it, and I think y'all will too!