So it Goes – Slaughterhouse Five – #18

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Heather Paquette

Confession time – At almost a fourth of the way through Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, I was still expecting for the main character to somehow get to the Chicago slaughterhouse district because I had confused this novel with The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, which I read in high school.

Whew! That literary fail is now off my chest – onto the review….

Slaughterhouse Five is actually a semi-autobiographical novel about Vonnegut’s World War II experiences, as told through the character of Billy Pilgrim. While the story is about Billy’s experience, it is actually told via an unreliable narrator who occasionally reminds us that he is telling the story by slipping into the first person two or three times throughout the novel.


This book does not have a linear plot line, and for the first time in our books thus far, I didn’t mind it! Billy believes he was captured…

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