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Slaughterhouse-Five is a science fiction novel by Kurt Vonnegut that tells the story of the time-traveling American soldier Billy Pilgrim, who became devoutly anti-war after witnessing the bombing of Dresden.
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  • Virginia Owens
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This book is really a classic. I read this many years ago. It is a science fiction novel which is my favorite genre. It details a soldier who no longer believes in war after he sees the destruction from bombings. A very interesting tale of this man who wonders what does life mean."
  • Mark Taylor
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This book will have you riding an emotional roller coaster. Between laughing and all of a sudden seeing a shock that will send you into a spin. This book will have you engaged the whole time. A classic with a so much soul left into it. Read this. Must read!"
  • William Stephens
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "One of the better and even the best books written by Kurt Vonnegut which is a necessity of those looking at reading American influential writers. I really thought this book was thought provoking, satirical in a way, and very well paced."
  • Brenda Green
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Slaughterhouse-Five was actually so controversial back when I was in high school that it ended up on the banned books list in the library! I eventually read it later in college and I can see why it ended up there. But it is an enjoyable book and if you are interested, you should check it out."
    Mary Brooks
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is a great novel. An American classic actually. Everybody should read it at least once."
  • Benjamin Williams
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "It a wonderful novel, its full of fiction. "
  • David Hoffman
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Slaughterhouse-Five is the best satirical books"
  • Jeremy Mason
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Slaughterhouse five is a great read -- if you have absolutely NOTHING better to do! The story is incoherent with no real sense of purpose or direction. Avoid!"
  • Nick Wei
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is a amazing book that you will be into from beginning to end. The story telling is amazing and the way the characters are presented it's awesome. "
  • Ann Jordan
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Slaughterhouse-Five is a great absurdist fiction books"
  • Phillip Davidson
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I read through about a third of this book before I tossed it away in disgust. There is nothing in this book that could even remotely be used to teach a class. If you want real high class literature I suggest picking up Bram Stoker Dracula or for a lighter read Assassination Classroom to teach proper writing structure."
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  • Kevin Patterson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Great book and a classic. This solution fits the topic very well. I give this one high marks."
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  • Craig Miller
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This book is recommended by virtually everyone. It is one of the greatest works of science fiction of all time. Interesting, funny, and thought provoking. 10 stars on a 5 point scale."
  • Henry Hernandez
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Vonnegut's classic tale of the futility of war is funny, thought provoking and a mile stone of twentieth century fiction. A good place to start if you're just getting into this author's works and a book that will stay with you for quite some time. "
  • Nathan White
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Even 50 years after it was published this book explores the effects of WWII by someone who was there. It likely even is a precursor to what we now know as PSTD. Yet the way it was written contains sufficient distance and humor from the events to allow them to be realistic understand the futility some people feel in the face of tragedy but also the hopefulness of "life goes on" afterwards."
  • Andrea Wong
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Slaugthterhouse-Five, the classic anti-war science fiction novel by Kurt Vonnegut, is the furthest thing from comedy. In this epic work that was published during the height of the American anti-Vietnam War years, Vonnegut examines the age-old question of fate versus free-will in graphic and moving detail through the telling of the story of Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time which includes the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden."
  • Terry Coleman
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "If you have not read this essential classic, you really should. This novel is on the list of novels every high school graduate should have read. We teach this novel at our school (I am a teacher), and students always love it. This is definitely a novel that is best used with juniors or seniors in high school. Read it! Read it! Read it!"
  • Ishan Dutta
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Slaughterhouse-Five is one of the best weird books ever written, especially among the ones with numbers in their title. Kurt Vonnegut is a great author. Definitely read this book. "
  • Kimberly Weaver
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is a perfect book to study for SAT takers, as it is a classic in literature classes when it comes to writing essays. It was a great read that dealt with fate versus the concept of free will and what we think we have control over. I was able to generate a great paper centered around this book in English class. "
  • Wayne Adams
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Slaughterhouse-Five is one book I enjoyed reading that left me with questions to ask about what it was like to be in that war and what happened to the American soldier who had side effects of the bombing. This story is very interesting and I never got bored one bit."
  • Bobby Hudson
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The book seems it might have been written by someone on drugs and at times confusing. It seems to ramble on and goes nowhere."
  • Ethan Valdez
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "An important and impressively written work, by a twentieth century master of fiction. I wouldn't call this cover particularly abstract, it being rather plain and merely symbolic. One of the great anti-war novels of the modern age. "
  • Marcela Molina
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This book brings you all over the place....first it'll make you laugh and then cry. I think this was a great book to help introduce the characters and the war to a younger audience. It is oddly engaging and unpredictable and just plain weird. This type of work can not be copied because it so utterly original. Restless and prodding writing that will make you laugh out loud and shake your head at the same time."
  • Lawrence West
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is one of my favorite books in the entire world and honestly I think that most people would agree that it should be one of their favorites, its something I read when I was around 16 and has stuck with me since then and is something I can't not think about even to this day!"
  • Matthew Burns
    Written on April 17, 2018
    ""Slaughterhouse-Five" is not the best book by Kurt Vonnegut but I think it is safe to assume it is his most popular and well known work. This book is a sincere representation of the author's opinions about several important issues and the way he manages to captivate readers by the intertwined use of comic relief and serious/sad tones is indeed worth admiring. "
  • Gilberto Morán
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Slaughterhouse-Five is a thought-provoking book that demonstrates why war is always popular. It's a deep insight into the nittty gritty ugliness of war. I recommend it to young people."
  • Donald Jones
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Amazing book. It has war elements, which I love, as well as time travel. A classic, in my opinion."
  • Peter Flores
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Are you a fan of reading? Do you like post-apocalyptic fiction books? If so, you should pick up Slaughterhouse fire by Kurt Vonnegut. Iy is a great antiwar novel. While I’m not really a huge fan of Sci-Fi, I do like books that have so focus on aliens (Rama!), and I really enjoyed the whole time travel/existing at all times aspect to be very neat. Weave in some real life war stories, and it turns out to be a weird, but awesome mix."
  • Donald Franklin
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "a classic read about fate verses free will"
  • Samantha Ward
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Slaughterhouse-Five is a great book but not as great as The Great Gatsby because it's not yet a classic like The Great Gatsby. Although Slaughterhouse-Five is exceedingly captivating, it doesn't capture the essence of the American dream and the greatness of that dream. Great American novels should support and embody that dream."
  • Verónica Monroy
    Written on April 29, 2018
    " The Slaughterhouse-Five is a oldie but good book but somehow I missed it all these years. Interesting reading it 50 years after it was published. The narrative structure is unusual. It has passed the test of time. It is oddly engaging and unpredictable and just plain weird."
  • Steven Bell
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Even 50 years after it was published this book explores the effects of WWII by someone who was there. It likely even is a precursor to what we now know as PSTD. Yet the way it was written contains sufficient distance and humor from the events to allow them to be realistic understand the futility some people feel in the face of tragedy but also the hopefulness of "life goes on" afterwards."
  • Virginia Carpenter
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I was not a fan of the writing style. I can't put my finger on it, but I would pass on this book."
  • Sean Liang
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "It has many positive customer reviews, and they seem to like it a lot. I kept losing track of time while reading this book, before I knew it, several hours would pass. I recommended this to family and friends who enjoy 20th century books."
  • Anna Soto
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Slaughterhouse-Five was an interesting book, it was series, funny, and had a great story. With that being said, I do not think Amazon should have considered one of their best must-read books. It is a book worth reading, just not a must-read. "
  • Tammy Kelley
    Written on April 17, 2018
    " Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut is a wonderful American classic read. I first read this book in school some years ago. It is a bit weird but I enjoyed it. The book is unpredictable and engaging. It is full of contradictions that mirror life: funny but heartbreaking, absurd yet realistic, fascinating and mundane. It left me wondering whatever does it all mean?"
  • Amy Ferguson
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "My husband needs some reading material for a trip and I know he likes transgressive fiction. I don't know much about it, so I was hoping to find some guidance. Slaughterhouse-Five definitely seems to be a perfect match for what I need. It is highly acclaimed and has the time-travel element. I will be checking it out."
  • Thomas Sandoval
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This is a must read for everyone. I wouldn't say it's a cult classic. It is a classic of literature. Must read!"
  • Christopher Young
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "If you need a great science fiction book, check out slaughterhouse-Five. It will make you feel like you are one of the characters."
  • Susan Patterson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I purchased this book on a whim and am still unsure about it. The plot was interesting and it is indeed a classic, I suppose. I just wasn't a fan of the author's sense of humor in this book. "
  • Christine Alvarado
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I know that this book is considered a classic, but I just can't get into it. It's really slow-paced, and I don't find any of the characters to have any redeeming qualities. Maybe that's the point of the book? Even as a Vonnegut fan, I think this is a fairly boring book, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. "
  • Pranav Dasgupta
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I frequent a subreddit devoted to book recommendations, and I saw that Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut was at the top of the list, so I picked up a copy. I liked the creativity and cynicism of parts of the book, but was put off by the hippie stuff in others, so I can't say this book was my favorite. However, it did point me in the direction of some of Vonnegut's other books, which turned out to be fantastic, so I'm glad I got this introduction to his writing."
  • Jason Hamilton
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Slaughterhouse-Five is an absolute classic. This story really takes an interesting perspective as one who has been through a lot and seen things and changes their beliefs. This is an absolute must read for young adults."
  • Susan Freeman
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I read slaughterhouse-five, like many people, when I was in high school. This is a good book to get your brain thinking in different ways. The WW2 setting may be unfamiliar to some high school students."
  • Simon Wu
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This is Vonnegut's most popular novel because it is his best. Many readers have fallen in love with this book and went to read the others and found them lacking. There's something special about the imagination and relevant social commentary found in this classic. "
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