The nicest veterans…the kindest and funniest ones, the ones who hated war the most, were the ones who’d really fought.
Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse 5 also known by it’s underappreciated alternate name The Children’s Crusade is an anti-war book. It was written in 1969 during the Vietnam War but it talks about the World War II, the air-raid on Dresden and it’s tragedy. We follow Billy Pilgrim who as he describes it, has come unstuck in time which causes him to jump between his past, present and future self. Also he gets captured by aliens.
John Green in his Crash Course Literature Videos 1 2 talks at length about the book, and it’s through these that I was able to better understand the book.
To be honest, I don’t really have a lot of thoughts about the book. I read the work casually and did not give it the attention it required of me.
I will read this book again, once I have seen more of life, read more books and lived a little, maybe then I’ll come to appreciate all the subtleties and nuances of Vonnegut’s work.