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Sure, the story is interesting. It has a fascinating and mostly successful blend of tragedy and comic relief. And yes, I guess the fractured structure and time-travelling element must have been quite novel and original back in the day.
But that doesn't excuse the book's flaws, of which there are a great many in my seemingly unconventional opinion. Take, for instance, Vonnegut's endless repeti I have to admit to being somewhat baffled by the acclaim Slaughterhouse-5 has received over the years.
Take, for instance, Vonnegut's endless repetition of the phrase 'So it goes. It felt like three hundred times to me. About forty pages into the book, I was so fed up with the words 'So it goes' that I felt like hurling the book across the room, something I have not done since trying to read up on French semiotics back in the s.
I got used to coming across the words every two pages or so eventually, but I never grew to like them.
I found some other nits to pick, too. Some of them were small and trivial and frankly rather ridiculous, such as -- wait for it -- the hyphen in the book's title. Seriously, what is that hyphen doing there?
There's no need for a hyphen there. Couldn't someone have removed it, like, editions ago? And while I'm at it, couldn't some discerning editor have done something about the monotonous quality of Vonnegut's prose -- about the interminable repetition of short subject-verb-object sentences?
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying all authors should use Henry James- or Claire Messud-length sentences. I'm actually rather fond of minimalism, both in visual art and in writing. But Vonnegut's prose is so sparse and simplistic it's monotonous rather than minimalist, to the point where I frequently found myself wishing for a run-on sentence every now and then, or for an actual in-depth description of something.
I hardly ever got either. As a result, there were times when I felt like I was reading a bare-bones outline of a story rather than the story itself.
Granted, it was an interesting outline, larded with pleasing ideas and observations, but still, I think the story could have been told in a more effective way.
A less annoying way, too. As for the plot, I liked it. I liked the little vignettes Vonnegut came up with and the colourful characters he created the British officers being my particular favourites.
I liked the fact that you're never quite sure whether Billy is suffering from dementia, brain damage or some kind of delayed post-traumatic stress disorder, or whether there is some actual time-travelling going on.
I even liked the jarring switches in perspective, although I think they could have been handled in a slightly more subtle manner.
And I liked the book's anti-war message, weak and defeatist though it seemed to be. In short, I liked the book, but it took some doing.screenplay, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, for The Cider House Rules, ; National Board of Review Award for best screenplay, National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, for The Cider House Rules, ; Golden Satellite Award for best motion picture screenplay (adaptation), International Press Academy, for The Cider House Rules, ; inductee, Wrestling Hall of Fame.
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was an extremely popular American writer of humor, science fiction novels and short stories. His novels are known for their dark humor and playful use of science fiction, as well as for their serious moral vision and cutting social commentary.
Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most influential American writers and novelists of the .
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