Slaughterhouse-Five- Kurt Vonnegut

This book was read as part of The Rory List

Synopsis (adapted from amazon)

Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) is the now famous parable of Billy Pilgrim, a World War II veteran and POW, who has in the later stage of his life become “unstuck in time” and who experiences at will (or unwillingly) all known events of his chronology out of order and sometimes simultaneously.


I’ve been rewatching a lot of Lost recently (yay netflix!), I’m pretty sure a whole load of series 4 is based (ok…loosely) on slaughterhouse-five. Basically what happens is Two guys get off the island, and one of the guys gets unstuck in time- like Billy Pilgram. He keeps flicking from present day back to when he was in the army. What’s it caused by? Well I have theories but I haven’t actually seen the end yet.

In Slaughterhouse-Five we know why Billy is unstuck in time. Or at least we know why Billy thinks he’s unstuck in time. It could just be post-dramatic stress disorder induced fantasies. He may well be in the hospital bed, or even living a ‘normal’ life the whole time.

It’s weird, and different, and it doesn’t make sense. So what? Does fiction have to make sense?


Buy it (from amazon):

Kindle (£2.99)

Paperback (£6.29)

Other reviews:

Giraffe Days



Filed under Classics, Fiction review, Sci-Fi

7 responses to “Slaughterhouse-Five- Kurt Vonnegut

  1. kentuckygal50

    I have heard about this for years, but have never read it. The premise sounds interesting.


  2. I loved this book, possibly precisely because you don’t really know if the time travel is real or part of Billy’s trauma. It is a truly effective anti-war book too. One of those rare times when I completely 100% understand why it’s a classic.


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  4. Fay

    This is definitely one of those books that should be read – I just haven’t got around to it yet! I may have to add it to my read-a-thon list as it is a nice short one!


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