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Book Review #26: Slaughterhouse-Five

Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade

Publisher: Vintage

Pages: 177

One word review: Transfixing!

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Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade is a Science fiction - War - Drama novel that takes you to a multitude of places along with the protagonist. The narration is idiosyncratic and will blow your mind away with honest truth about life from the very first few pages.

Favorite lines from the Book:

They see them as great millepedes - 'with babies' legs at one end and old people's legs at the other', says Billy Pilgrim.

Billy, the name of the protagonist, will surely stick to your mind for a long time for he takes you on a ride to various places and we experience all the feelings, emotions and sensations vicariously through Billy. Since the book is a multi-genre theme, the story moves from one theme to another swiftly but smoothly. And this might be difficult to follow through for readers who are beginners.

Air was trying to get out of that dead water. Bubbles were clinging to the walls of the glass, too weak to climb out.

The story deals with moral principles and questions the very basic meaning of life. After all, there is a beautiful concept portrayed in the story which was quite unravelling when you are trying to understand about the purpose of life. I personally loved this concept. The narration style is individualistic, commendable and out of the ordinary. I have read around 60 books so far and I will definitely remember this book always for it's peculiar narration.

And everyday my Government gives me a count of corpses created by military science in Vietnam. So it goes.

Slaughterhouse-Five is a mesmerizing read that will make you forget time, place and even the dimensions you live-in. Since there are contents which might be considered obscene to certain people, this book is recommended only for adults and not for children.

Verdict: Damn worthy of your time!

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