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Compassion shines through satire,
This review is from: Slaughterhouse 5 (Vintage Crucial Classics) (Paperback)
Ignore the sneering review, this is a modern classic. In the hands of another author, this might have become a pot-boiling melodrama, but in the compassionate - some would almost say dispassionate tones and measured language of Vonnegut it becomes a deadly weapon - a deadpan satire with teeth, explaining the firebombing of Dresden in terms to bring shame to those who perpetrated this war crime - the victors, in this case.
Vonnegut also employs a simple science fiction technique to great effect - allowing Billy Pilgrim to travel up and down his life at will rather than living it sequentially is far more satisfying than flashbacks and flashforwards.
I find it an incredibly moving book, one of very few worthy of their accolades.
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Initial post: 22 Feb 2014 20:57:03 GMT
The victors who perpetrated this war crime lost 40,000 in The Blitz. So it goes.
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