17 journalers for this copy...
a little sample:
"Robert Kennedy, whose summer home is eight miles from the home I live in all year round, was shot two nights ago. He died last night. So it goes.
Martin Luther King was shot a month ago. He died too. So it goes.
And every day my Government gives me a count of the corpses created by military science in Vietnam. So it goes.
My father died many years ago now--of natural causes. So it goes. He was a sweet man. He was a gun nut, too. He left me his guns. They rust."
"Only on Earth is there any talk of free will."
outofreach - Australia/Intl *
Flaming-Ice - Kuwait/Intl *
BookHaven01 - Portugal/intl *
marko167 - Belgium/Intl *
Navig8r - UK/Intl *
CatharinaL - Finland/Intl *
RoryG - Finland/Intl *
iggi1812 - Scotland/Intl *
BenjyMouse - New Zealand/Intl *
jubby - Australia/Intl *
bluejazzyfish - UK/Intl *
cowgirl-up - Ohio, USA *
gothamgal - Ohio, USA
arugh48187 - Minnesota, USA *
PokPok - California, USA/Intl
firrantello - North Carolina, USA
BrookeH - New York, USA/Intl
creativeMGE - Maryland, USA/Intl *
AngelfireStar - Nebraska, USA
craftycomrade - Wisconsin, USA/Intl
Quez45 - New Jersey, USA *
colordiva02 - Connecticut, USA
Bibliocrates - Alabama, USA *book here
purplemoonmyst - Kentucky, USA
Rains-Arms - New Jersey, USA
icekween01 - Missouri, USA
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
i have another two books to read before i will start this one but i don't think that it will take much time...
anyway, it was a fun read and i was enjoying the book a lot. i´m sure i will read a lot more vonnegut in the future. as icekween said, a powerful anti-war message.
i will send the book on to flaming-ice either this or next week.
Thank you for sharing, icekween, and thank you for passing the book, outofreach. I am sorry I kept the book for a long time, I just had lots of rings and rays, and thought I'd start with the big books before I read this. I will pass it to the next person on the list as soon as possible (probably by next week due to money shortage) Again, thank you for sharing :-)
although i didn´t find this one as funny as the other ones by Vonnegut, it is quite a brilliant analysis os the terror of war...
i will send it today to marko167.
thanks a lot icekween01!
Read it twice and will definitely go out and buy a copy for my PC. Certain parts of the style are so obviously effected by the time in which it was written (1969) but still a relevant book today. The central incident being the bombing of Dresden during World War II and how it is viewed afterwards. It is true that history is written by the victors in any war.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Off to the UK next. Enjoy.
While I liked the book, I didn't think it was superb. I think I started reading with really high expectations, and they just weren't borne out for me. Although I did learn where the name of one of my favourite bands comes from: Billy Pilgrim.
I liked how the narrator was conscious of himself, and the part at the beginning about the story behind writing the book, but I found the character of Billy terminally confusing. Was he supposed to be mentally ill? Was it the war that drove him to it?
I did find the part of the book where it explicitly states that war is fought by children very poignant and I went back to read the passage a couple of times.
I actually think that Catch-22 has a more powerful anti-war message than this book, although I am more than willing to admit that I may have missed something that everyone else picks up on in Slaughter-House Five. I'm going to read some study guides to it and see if there was something glaring that I failed to notice.
I thought it was well-written, but too short, and suffered from lack of character development, but that the anti-war message was clear if diluted.
The book was mailed to the next reader in Finland yesterday.
[30/03] I finished reading Slaughterhouse Five today. It was smart, weird, extremely well-written and structured, but for some reason not a mind-blowing gosh-wow experience for me. I do like Vonnegut's style and I always marvel at the deep-penetrating irony... But there's also something quite beyond my definition that ends up troubling me, or actually starts to haunt me from the very beginning of each novel. If I had to put a finger on this mysterious quality, I'd say it's the particular Cold War zeitgeist, or rather, my lack of it as a reader that prevents me from fully picturing the setting and the cultural climate in which the books were written. Anyway, Slaughterhouse Five is definitely a masterpiece, quite as expected, and I'll be recommending it to those who haven't read it yet. Thanks for sharing it with us, Icekween01!
[06/04] Mailing to RoryG today.
I read some earlier comments and Navig8r said that Catch-22 had more powerful anti-war message than this book. For me, this book actually had more powerful message. But I guess for each their own.
Anyways, thanks for sharing this, and I'll send this on when I get the next person's address.
Edit 9.5.2006: Sorry for the delay. It was mainly due to address obtaining difficulties and my horrible work schedule (after 12 hours I didn't feel like running up to the post office). But the book is finally on its way. I sent it today to iggi1812.
Although this is a little book, I have 4 other bookrings ahead of it (when it rains, it pours...). I will really try to be quick with this one.
And try Irn-bru too.
I rather enjoyed this book. Or rather, by husband did (he was off sick for a few days, and nabbed it off my bedside) and kept raving about it. How could I resist?
Now, I wasn't instantly sucked in, but I did enjoy it, and felt that it reminded me of my favourite authors (Haruki Murakami, David Mitchell, Paul Auster, etc.). But then, that makes sense. I am sure that I read recently that Murakami thought Vonnegut was one of his idols growing up.
The odd twists, multiple stories, and quirky literary techniques (that was me!) are virtually mainstream today. But not in 1969, I guess.
This little book was packed with such inventive and original ideas. Like Campbell (also the name of the Scottish clan - bad boys), and his super hero outfit. The silver boots, and how they were a perfect fit. Billy Cinderalla - or so it goes.
There was so much that I didn't get too.
Why the denture plate?
Thank you for sharing this great book with me. Here's another author I have to go off and read more of.
Thank you again.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Posted off to bluejazzyfish.
thank you Jubby for sending--
gothamgal has asked to be skipped so I've PMed arugh48187 for an address.
The book left me feeling disjointed, rattled, and unsettled. I didn't really GET it, so I am almost positive that I missed something. Then again, I didn't like Catch-22 either. Could be a sign that I should avoid these types of books in the interest of improving my literary entertainment value. Then again I can't live on a diet of harlequins alone...
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Mailing off to creativeMGE who is the next reader who wanted it and from whom I could get a response to my PMs. Happy Reading!!!
(from p88) There isn't any particular relationship between all the messages, except that the author has chosen them carefully, so that, when seen all at once, they produce an image of life that is beautiful and surprising and deep. There is no beginning, no middle, no end, no suspense, no moral, no causes, no effects. What we love in our books are the depths of many marvelous moments seen all at one time.
This gave me a lot to think about. Thank you for sharing it!
PMing Angelfire Star, and will send it forward.
3/5 no response from Angelfire Star; PMing craftycomrade
3/9 craftycomrade asked to be skipped; PMing Quez45
3/13 sending to Quez45 (confirmation: 03051720000234457744)
Sorry it has taken me so long, but I finished this one last night and I'll be sending it off to Bibliocrates today. Enjoy!
TO BE READ
Amazon Editorial Review:
Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.
Don't let the ease of reading fool you--Vonnegut's isn't a conventional, or simple, novel. He writes, "There are almost no characters in this story, and almost no dramatic confrontations, because most of the people in it are so sick, and so much the listless playthings of enormous forces. One of the main effects of war, after all, is that people are discouraged from being characters..." Slaughterhouse-Five (taken from the name of the building where the POWs were held) is not only Vonnegut's most powerful book, it is as important as any written since 1945. Like Catch- 22, it fashions the author's experiences in the Second World War into an eloquent and deeply funny plea against butchery in the service of authority. Slaughterhouse-Five boasts the same imagination, humanity, and gleeful appreciation of the absurd found in Vonnegut's other works, but the book's basis in rock-hard, tragic fact gives it a unique poignancy--and humor.
This book was a trip!
Thanks for sharing icekween01!
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WILD RELEASE NOTES:
This book is on its back way to icekween01. Thank you for organizing this ring!
Peace and Happy Bookcrossing everyone!
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