Story Spotlight: Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut

I’m not sure why I don’t like Slaughterhouse-Five as much as Breakfast of Champions. Perhaps it’s the disjointed time travel bits.

Though I usually revel in that quirky sort of writing.

So that can’t be it.

Perhaps it’s the bland main character. Billy Pilgrim is fine, but he doesn’t do much. In fact, much doesn’t even really happen to him throughout the story. Sure, plenty happens to him, but he’s so disconnected that it just sort of happens to him , but never happens to him.

But I don’t think I mind that very much.

It must be the story itself. Or maybe the story combined with the disjointed time travel bits and a bland main character.

Yes, that sounds about right.

Don’t get me wrong, Slaughterhouse-Five is good. It’s well written, of course. And portions are funny, so that’s good. And the story has just enough oddity to make it fun without being uncomfortable. And the story is interesting, mind you. It’s just not as good as Breakfast of Champions.

Maybe I’m just grading on a curve.

 

4 out of 5 stars

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