September 21, 2003

Slaughterhouse-Five

AUTHOR: Kurt Vonnegut
ISBN: 0385333846
Plot Summary: Billy Pilgrim is unstuck in time. He keeps bouncing around between the Allied bombing of Dresden and other points in his life. Aided by an advanced extraterrestrial civilization that kidnaps him and places him in a zoo, Pilgrim comes to realize that time stretches out with all its moments laid out, coexisting. "So it goes."
Word from the mouse: Vonnegut weaves a story so complex yet so simple that it evokes a mesh of emotions. Hilarious and philosophical...it's not linearly planned. Although most of the stories are told, they're told in bits and pieces as the protagonist is "traveling through time". This makes for one book you can't put down until you're done. Full Review
Complaints: Sexual content, violence, offensive language
Banned by almost everyone at some point since its publication. Burned in Drake, N. Dak. (1973). Banned in Rochester Mich. because the novel "contains and makes references to religious matters" and thus fell within the ban of the establishment clause. Challenged at the Owensboro, Ky. high School library (1985) because of "foul language, a reference to 'Magic Fingers' attached to the protagonist's bed to help him sleep, and the sentence: 'The gun made a ripping sound like the opening of the fly of God Almighty.' " Challenged, but retained on the Round Rock, Tex. Independent High School reading list (1996) after a challenge that the book was too violent.
Solonor Says Ban It Because: It's too confusing. Confusing books that have different pieces of the story scattered about it should be banned...except for the Bible...it's ok if that rambles.
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Kurt Vonnegut and Slaughterhouse-Five by Ray Boomhower

Posted at September 21, 2003 05:15 PM


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