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Banned Book Review: Slaughterhouse-Five

February 28, 2006

69. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Reason:foul language and promoting deviant sexual behavior

If you have ever read any book by Kurt Vonnegut, you will not be surprised by the cussing and sex in this book.  If you decide to make this book your first introduction to Kurt Vonnegut….  Well, it’s as good a place to start as any of his novels.

Slaughterhouse Five follows Billy Pilgrim through his life, from his capture by German troops during World War II, to his death at the hands of an insane former captive many years later and following the destruction of society as we know it.  Billy Pilgrim has become unstuck in time and therefore so has the narrative, jumping time streams, going backwards, forwards, and sometimes running in circles for a while until both the narrative and the reader are dizzy.  On the surface, it is a story of a horrible bombing in Dresden.  But this story is as much science fiction as it is history, involving aliens, space travel, and the supernatural.  It is sometimes funny, but for the most part drags.

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