I recently had the pleasure to read and analyse Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five for a class on literary criticism and history I am taking, but we’ll leave the analysis part behind for this entry, this will be a mere introduction and a recommendation.
The story centres around the anti-hero Billy Pilgrim, a person able to time travel to earlier and later parts of his life. Without giving to much away, Billy is drafted into the Army during the Second World War as a chaplain’s assistant and gets taken as a POW by the Germans and is later transported to Dresden. Throughout Billy’s experiences as a POW he travels in time and lives through episodes that ring faintly of allusions to his situation during the war. At one point in his life he is abducted by an alien race, calling themselves the Tralfamadore, and is taken to their homeworld and is exhibited as a curiosity (the Tralfamadores live in four dimensions and is interested in humans, who only lives in three) in their zoo. Here he learns important life lessons that he brings back with him when he returns to Earth. Read the rest of this entry »