Grade 10 Reviews Slaughterhouse-Fiveby Kurt Vonnegut
Review by: Kathy G.
California, Grade 10
In the book “Slaughterhouse-Five” the author Kurt Vonnegut takes a serious topic but also adds humor. He takes us through the life of the main character Billy Pilgrim. In this book you get to see how the protagonist deals with and embodies his PTSD. This book is immensely hard to understand in the beginning but is worth pushing through the first chapter. In the first page we meet Billy Pilgrim as he tells the bus driver he is a war veteran. There are other characters in this book including his wife valencia who tries to help him. There's also this author in the book that has Billy falling for his books. His name is Kilgore trout. I think the author of “Slaughterhouse-Five” tries to put his persona in this character.
Billy pilgrim thinks he was abducted by tralfamadorians (aliens). This leads him to believe that he can travel through time. The author is extremely gory and talks about torture devices to the horrible way soldiers were treated and how weak some of the soldiers were. This book is an anti-war book and i agree with the points made about war in this book because they were not too extreme. Billy has a conversation with one of his friends wives and they mention how young people get sent out there to fight. The main conflict for this book is billy against himself. He has to deal with himself and his mental illness. The tralfamadorians are a way for him to deal with moments that were too hard for him to forget or just let go. I really enjoyed the alien aspect because of how creative i and different it was. If you want to read about billy's adventures in tramalfadore and his trauma on earth you will have to read this book. If you do read you will find out how his life ends including other characters lives. It shows the negative aspects of war but Kurt Vonnegut also mages to keep his witty and humorous writing style.