Or, The Children's Crusade, A Duty-dance With Death

Vonnegut, Kurt

Book - 1999
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Billy Pilgrim returns home from the Second World War only to be kidnapped by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore, who teach him that time is an eternal present.

Publisher: New York : Dell Pub., 1999, c1969
ISBN: 0385333846
Branch Call Number: FIC V
Characteristics: 275 p. ; 21 cm.


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Oct 17, 2014
  • kurthallsman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best (among many) of Vonnegut's books. The beginning of his mature snippet (I'm going to describe to you what happens in this book before it actually happens in this book) writing style. And So It Goes. p.s.: The movie is great too.

May 30, 2014

The first time I started reading this book, I thought it was random and boring, but as I got in to it I greatly enjoyed it. Don't just read because the prestige will make you sound smart, it's not a tough book. It's an enjoyable book that comments on the absurdity of life without ever saying pointless and is empathetic. Favorite war novel after Catch 22, maybe even before it.

May 17, 2014
  • JCLBeckyC rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Billy Pilgrim is a World War II soldier with what we would today call post-traumatic stress disorder. He has flashbacks to his time as a prisoner of war during the fire-bombing of Dresden. He loses his grip on reality, believing he has become unstuck in time and has been abducted by aliens. Based on Vonnegut's experiences in the war. My favorite book by one of my all-time favorite authors. Highly recommended.

Jul 19, 2013
  • rstucke35 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This book was a giant let down. I am not sure how this has been termed a "Classic". No real climax or continuous plot. Very confusing story telling. Yes it is anti-war, but the book was boring.

Aug 06, 2012
  • TooManyBooks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book gave me some ideas about the impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The time travel seems like a coping mechanism that becomes more pronounced as time passes. I thouroughly enjoyed this book, read it in just a few hours.

Jun 21, 2012
  • wtrepel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A great book worth reading at least twice. The main character Billy Pilgrim has become 'unstuck in time', and the book moves back and forth throughout Billy's life, including his experience as a POW during the bombing of Dresden and as a zoo exhibit on the planet Tralfamadore. The absurd humor and resigned tone of Slaughterhouse-five belie the horror of war and the bombing of Dresden that are at its center.

Mar 29, 2012
  • deVichi rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was my first Kurt Vonnegut book and it didn't really feel like a great book. The story started extremely slow and I found it difficult to get into. The first chapter didn't really explain who the main character was and I found myself trying to determine who in the book I was reading about. I realize the book is from the late 60's which might be part of the reason I wasn't a big fan of the writing style; although I thoroughly enjoyed books such as 1984 and A Brave New World. I've even read old books like The Oddysey, which I thoroughly enjoyed. SH5 just felt too fragmented for my tastes even though the author meant for it to be fragmented. And the parts about the aliens just seemed awkward only to introduce a new perspective; though I found that idea philosophically interesting. The story raves that it's comedic, but I didn't find much of it very funny. And as an anti-war book it just seemed to fall short of the mark. The end of the book does get better, but not much. It's an average read, but if you're interested in a book with a older style and don't mind the fragmentation so much then give it a try. For me, only 3.5/5.

Dec 18, 2011
  • kjohnwest rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I just finished reading this book with a group of friends for school, we all agreed that it was an 'okay' book. Billy the main character time travels which helps keep the movie interessing. Normally i hate sci-fi books about outer space and aliens but I thought it was well written the alien parts of this book. Some parts of the book wasn't very appropriate and there was one section where I had wished I hadn't read. I would not recommend kids under high school reading this. There were many moving parts of this book that related to the war. I'd recommend reading this to someone older.

Nov 29, 2010
  • diesellibrarian rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I'd put off reading this one until quite recently. It pretty much blew my mind. Vonnegut's acerbic prose does little to temper the horrific reality of war and its effect on those who survived to tell the tale.

Jan 27, 2010
  • erinen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I waited far too long to read this novel, and on the insistence of my brother I finally did. I was blown away and couldn't stop reading it. I would almost go so far as to call its impact on me "life-changing". It inspired me to read more Vonnegut and so far, I have not been disappointed.

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May 22, 2013
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"So it goes."


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