slaughter-house five

by Kurt Vonnegut | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: Global Overview for this book
Registered by icekween01 of St. Louis, Missouri USA on 5/2/2005
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17 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by icekween01 from St. Louis, Missouri USA on Monday, May 02, 2005
WOW! I couldn't put it down, read it in one day. A powerful anti-war message. I understand now, why it is on the banned books list though it shouldn't be. This book will truly open your eyes. so it goes.


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."

Journal Entry 2 by icekween01 from St. Louis, Missouri USA on Wednesday, May 04, 2005
sending on as a book ray


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


Happy Bookcrossing!!!

Released 15 yrs ago (5/9/2005 UTC) at -- By post or by hand-ie ring, trade, RABCK, meet in St. Louis, Missouri USA



sent to fellow bookcrosser outofreach to start the ray.


Happy Bookcrossing!!

Journal Entry 4 by outofreach from Melbourne CBD, Victoria Australia on Tuesday, June 14, 2005
this little fellow arrived here today.
i have another two books to read before i will start this one but i don't think that it will take much time...

Journal Entry 5 by outofreach from Melbourne CBD, Victoria Australia on Tuesday, June 28, 2005
after the book traveled with me from australia to japan and finally to germany - i managed to read it here at my mum´s house and just finished it. slaughterhouse five reminded me a little of richard brautigan.
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.

Journal Entry 6 by WritingCrap from Salwa, Salwa Kuwait on Friday, August 05, 2005
Recieved earlier today, thank you outofreach. I have six more rings/rays to read. For reasons beyond me, all rings and rays seem to arrive at the same time as if they're challenging me to read! I'll probably read this one soon, since it looks like a short read. Thanks for adding me to the ray, Icekween01 :-)

Journal Entry 7 by WritingCrap from Salwa, Salwa Kuwait on Friday, September 02, 2005
I have just finished this book about an hour ago. I thought it was a fun read, fun and deep at the same time. Usually deep books are just deep and serious.. and a little boring, but this one was different. I didn't really like Billy; he is too pessimistic, at least that's what I think. But the book was great, and I'm not surprised it's taught at schools. I think books with great messages like this one should be taught in schools all over the world. I hate wars and it's just good to read a book about a notion that you totally agree with. But it was a bit confusing to me. Maybe it's because I'm not a native English speaker, or maybe I didn't pay much attention, but the travels of Billy thru time were a little confusing to me.
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 :-)

Journal Entry 8 by -BookHaven- on Monday, October 17, 2005
it's arrived today!
thanks for sharing.

Journal Entry 9 by -BookHaven- on Monday, November 07, 2005
i really liked this book too!
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!

Journal Entry 10 by marko167 from Sant Pere de Ribes, Barcelona Spain on Sunday, November 13, 2005
Arrived in post yesterday morning. Have heard so much about this book, am looking forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 11 by marko167 from Sant Pere de Ribes, Barcelona Spain on Saturday, February 11, 2006
Wow! What an outstanding piece of literature.

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.

Journal Entry 12 by marko167 at postal mail in by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, February 11, 2006

Released 14 yrs ago (2/13/2006 UTC) at postal mail in by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases



Off to the UK next. Enjoy.

Journal Entry 13 by Navig8r from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, February 18, 2006
The book arrived while I was away on my hols, so sorry if there was a slight delay in the journal. I'll get to this one as soon as possible.

Journal Entry 14 by Navig8r from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, March 17, 2006
First of all, my apologies for keeping this book longer than I should have. Unfortunately life got in the way and caused a delay.

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.

Journal Entry 15 by CatharinaL from Pirkkala, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Monday, March 20, 2006
Received the book today; thanks Navig8r! Will start reading asap.

[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.

Journal Entry 16 by RoryG from Palmdale, California USA on Friday, April 07, 2006
The book arrived yesterday, but I had a long day at work and didn't feel like opening a computer. I have another ring before this, but I should be getting to this one shortly.

Journal Entry 17 by RoryG from Palmdale, California USA on Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Definitely a book worth reading. I liked Vonnegut's style and this was the first book I've read that he's written, so I will read more. But there was something in the book that made me feel like an outsider. Or maybe it just was that Billy Pilgrim felt like an outsider in his own life. I didn't quite got any grasp of the book, although that might have more to do with my life situation at the moment than the actual book. The timing wasn't perfect.

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.

Journal Entry 18 by iggi1812 from Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, May 15, 2006
Book has arrived safely. Thanks for making the effort to get to the post office Rory G.

Journal Entry 19 by jubby from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Monday, July 17, 2006
This arrived to in the post with a fabulous postcard, direct Scotland.

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.

Journal Entry 20 by jubby from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, August 10, 2006
Wow! Where do I start?

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.

Journal Entry 21 by jubby at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, August 10, 2006

Released 13 yrs ago (8/10/2006 UTC) at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases



Posted off to bluejazzyfish.

Journal Entry 22 by bluejazzyfish from Cairo, Cairo Governorate Egypt on Thursday, September 07, 2006
In the post over a week ago- have been busy moving house - catching up now though, and looking forward to reading (although it may be a week or two before I get to it on my tbr list|) -

thank you Jubby for sending--

Journal Entry 23 by cowgirl-up from Springfield, Ohio USA on Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Received over the weekend. I'll start this one as soon as I finish my current read.

Journal Entry 24 by cowgirl-up from Springfield, Ohio USA on Saturday, November 18, 2006
Well...I can't actually say that I enjoyed this book, but I did find it interesting. I usually enjoy unique styles, but at times this one just annoyed me a bit. Part of the problem might have been that I didn't really have time to sit down and devour the book word for word. I couldn't really find a connection with the characters which made getting into the plot a bit difficult. There were parts that were funny and parts that were horribly sad. Overall, I appreciated the book as a work of literature and I'm glad that I read it, but I probably wouldn't rush out and buy my own copy or be too eager to read more by this author.

gothamgal has asked to be skipped so I've PMed arugh48187 for an address.

Journal Entry 25 by cowgirl-up from Springfield, Ohio USA on Sunday, November 26, 2006
Mailed today to arugh48187. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 26 by arugh48187 from Highland Park, Illinois USA on Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Found this one in my mailbox earlier today. I have two bookrings in front of it so it shouldn't take too long. You can keep track of its progress via my bookshelf.

Journal Entry 27 by arugh48187 from Highland Park, Illinois USA on Monday, January 29, 2007
Phew!!! This book is a trip. And not the kind where you stroll on the beach sipping a mai-tai and gaze at the sunset. It was more of a vacation where you pack the station wagon, drive a thousand miles to see Great Aunt Maude to spend a week looking for her dentures while trying to avoid her hairball hacking cat and arrive back home more frazzled than when you went.

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...

Released 13 yrs ago (2/12/2007 UTC) at Post Office at 153rd and Garrett in Apple Valley, Minnesota -- Controlled Releases



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!!!

Journal Entry 29 by creativeMGE from Kensington, Maryland USA on Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Perfect timing; I am just finishing a book today and this will be next up. Thanks!

Journal Entry 30 by creativeMGE from Kensington, Maryland USA on Saturday, February 24, 2007
wow. I'm not sure what to say here. Yes, there is an obvious anti-war message and yes the book is a bizarre trip. I appreciated both of those things. There was a lot that spoke to me, the moments, the impotent guilt and sadness, the reality of disjointed nonsensicals - such a snapshot of what I imagine the shellshock of 1969 to be like. And the quirky beauty, and humor.

(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)

Journal Entry 31 by Quez45 on Friday, March 16, 2007
I just received this from creativeMGE as part of this bookray. I have a few other ahead of it, but I will get to it as soon as I can.

Journal Entry 32 by Quez45 on Saturday, October 20, 2007
Vonnegut has a very unique style of writing that, at least in this case, results in a very nice story.

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!

Journal Entry 33 by Bibliocrates from Fort Collins, Colorado USA on Thursday, October 25, 2007
This book arrived in my mail box yesterday afternoon. Thank you very much for passing it on to me Quez45, appreciate it! I will read it soon.


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.

Journal Entry 34 by Bibliocrates from Fort Collins, Colorado USA on Thursday, February 07, 2008
I wanted to apologize for having taken so long to get to this book! I have sent a PM to purplemoonmyst and will pass the book along as soon as I have an address.

Journal Entry 35 by Bibliocrates from Fort Collins, Colorado USA on Thursday, February 28, 2008
I haven't received a response from purplemoonmyst, don't know if my PM got through, bookshelf shows no recent activity. I have sent a PM to Rains-Arms...

Journal Entry 36 by Bibliocrates from Fort Collins, Colorado USA on Monday, March 03, 2008
I haven't received a response from Rains-Arms, back to icekween01...

This book was a trip!

Thanks for sharing icekween01!

Journal Entry 37 by Bibliocrates at on Monday, March 03, 2008

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This book is on its back way to icekween01. Thank you for organizing this ring!

Journal Entry 38 by icekween01 from St. Louis, Missouri USA on Wednesday, April 02, 2008
This one has finally made it home. Wow what a journey! Thank you to everyone who participated in and made this ring a success. I hope that you enjoyed the book. I'd also like to send out a special thanks to Quez45 for the cool bookmark...that's awesome! :-)

Peace and Happy Bookcrossing everyone!

Journal Entry 39 by icekween01 at St. Louis, Missouri USA on Friday, April 20, 2012

Released 8 yrs ago (4/20/2012 UTC) at St. Louis, Missouri USA


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Journal Entry 40 by katesaint at Richland, Washington USA on Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Haven't read, but it's been on my to-be-read list for years. Looking forward to it!

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