Before i started reading slaughterhouse 5 i have to admit i’d never read any of Kurt Vonneguts books, let alone heard of him at all. When i told my house mate that i’d never heard of Kurt Vonnegut or read any of his books she laughed at me, which i have to say i thought was a little harsh but then i started to read up on him and i’m surprised i haven’t either. One list placed Slaughterhouse 5 at 18 in the 100 books you should read before you die. Just goes to show you i’m not as well read as i thought i was. Anyway back to the book.
Slaughterhouse 5 follows Billy Pilgrim in his journeys in germany during World War II, his life after as an optomotrist and also his journeys through time, that’s right he’s a time traveller and thats all i’m going to say about the book as i believe you should read it for yourself. Also if what i’ve written is not enough for you check out the video below of Kurt Vonnegut himself explaining the shape of stories:
and Vonnegut’s rules for short stories: