Slaughterhouse-Five – Review

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Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Published in 1969

Pages: 275

Genre: Satire, science fiction, dark comedy

“All this happened, more or less.”

Writers are told that the first sentence of their book should simultaneously catch the reader’s eye and set the tone for the story; Vonnegut has achieved both of these with the infamous opening line of Slaughterhouse-Five. Billy Pilgrim, the protagonist, is a man who has come unstuck in time. This doesn’t happen to him of his own accord but is simply something that does happen, will happen, and has always happened. The story of Slaughterhouse-Five flows in and out of time, can be confusing at parts, but finds its way back on course over the years of Billy’s life.

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Saving Private Ryan (1998) – Review

Saving Private Ryan (1998)Poster.jpg

Directed by Steven Spielberg

Written by Robert Rodat

Cast: Matt Damon, Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Barry Pepper, Giovanni Ribisi, Edward Burns, Adam Goldberg, Vin Diesel, Jeremy Davies, and Amanda Boxer

Length: 2 hours and 49 minutes

Genre: Drama, war

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:
“Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U. S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.”

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Slaughterhouse-Five – Review

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Published in 1969

Pages: 275

Genre: Satire, science fiction, dark comedy

“All this happened, more or less.”

Writers are told that the first sentence of their book should simultaneously catch the reader’s eye and set the tone for the story; Vonnegut has achieved both of these with the infamous opening line of Slaughterhouse-Five. Billy Pilgrim, the protagonist, is a man who has come unstuck in time. This doesn’t happen to him of his own accord but is simply something that does happen, will happen, and has always happened. The story of Slaughterhouse-Five flows in and out of time, can be confusing at parts, but finds its way back on course over the years of Billy’s life. Continue reading “Slaughterhouse-Five – Review”