Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut


By Kurt Vonnegut

  • Release Date: 1970-02-15
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 958 Ratings


“A desperate, painfully honest attempt to confront the monstrous crimes of the twentieth century.”—Time
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time
Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world’s great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous World War II firebombing of Dresden, the novel is the result of what Kurt Vonnegut described as a twenty-three-year struggle to write a book about what he had witnessed as an American POW. It combines historical fiction, science fiction, autobiography, and satire in an account of the life of Billy Pilgrim, a barber’s son turned draftee turned optometrist turned alien abductee. As Vonnegut had, Billy experiences the destruction of Dresden as a POW. Unlike Vonnegut, he experiences time travel, or coming “unstuck in time.”

Praise for Slaughterhouse-Five

“Poignant and hilarious, threaded with compassion and, behind everything, the cataract of a thundering moral statement.”The Boston Globe

“Very tough and very funny . . . sad and delightful . . . very Vonnegut.”New York Times

“Splendid . . . a funny book at which you are not permitted to laugh, a sad book without tears.”Life

“Funny, satirical, compelling, outrageous, fanciful, mordant, fecund . . .  ‘It’s too good to be science fiction,’ [the critics] would say. But Vonnegut doesn’t care, and you won’t care, either, because this is a writer who leaps over genres.”—Los Angeles Times


  • Tragic and beautiful.

    By jessebrunmeier
    I have a friend that teaches math and algebra at a high school. He suggested I read some of Kurt Vonnegut’s work. I’m a laborer at a factory and I suggest that you read some of Kurt Vonnegut’s work. I’m proud to own this book in it’s digital format, as well as in paperback and audiobook. Well worth the read, not for the faint of heart or for those with weak stomachs.
  • Vonnegut's Best

    By Dwardeng
    An insane blend of Science Fiction, War and comedy. You won't want to put it down.
  • "...and so it goes."

    By RJVanRiper
    The title is Mr. Vonnegut's famous phrase that came after a specific type of event within the book. I suggest that the savvy ninth grade reader, or adult read this book. It will help you understand hardship. It is interesting to see posttraumatic stress disorder described so relevantly before the term was coined or used in the DSM (diagnostics and statistics manual). Read it twice because you will miss things that you will enjoy finding again.
  • Unique and a classic. Hilarious and will give you goosebumps

    By Jed Wiant
    A stunner, that's for sure.
  • Cheese Curds

    By Cheesy Dumplings
    Book was big litty and aight but needed to be more crunchy ya know
  • Leaves you thinking

    By JohnWickham
    The semi-surreal plot — dislodged in time — and a character whose psyche is ravaged by war jar you from the normal ha its of novel reading. Slaughterhouse Five will certainly leave you thinking.
  • English 3

    By Kelly....ssss
    I chose this book to read for my English 3 class this a beautiful and well written book. I love the story and plot actually makes you think.
  • Outstanding!

    By Hjxhtkhetbttrjhbrtgkhj
    What a great novel! This is a wondrous wartime book as well as a question raising sci-fi experience. A must read!
  • Swag

    By Èmïly k
    This book was orgasmic
  • Vonngut' Best

    By Sebaj1891
    So it goes.