Opinion: The book is basically the most unconventional book about World War II I have ever read. While very serious events are taking place, Vonnegut inserts ridiculous circumstances, aliens and time travel. A character from one of Vonnegut's other books, Breakfast for Champions, is also mentioned. I liked that this was a completely different perspective on World War II. While Vonnegut uses satire bring to light serious matters in a sarcastic way, this work really does make you think about different aspects of the war. It was entertaining and unpredictable. At times aggressively critical and at others ridiculously funny.
3.75 out of 5 hearts
Opinion: Plainly spoken; this book is freaking awesome. It is a non-stop saga of action and adventure. There is no time wasted on extensive descriptions of fall days or specific harvests (I'm looking at you, Leo Tolstoy) yet the book created vivid imagery while maintaining a fast pace of events. It was smart, exciting and even philosophical. The length of the book may seem little daunting but it is absolutely worth it. I did have to write down some characters and the lineage at one point because I started to forget who was who but this read a lot more modern than I was expecting. Truly a great novel.
Recommend? Wholeheartedly, yes.
5 out of 5 hearts
Opinion: More like nonsense and no sensibility but it is a Victorian classic so I have to remember its relevancy was in the late 1700s, not 2016. Despite the fact that I found it pretty boring, I am glad that I read this book because it is a famous work and gets mentioned on occasion so now at least I have the context of what the book contains. It is also good insight into the sense of propriety of that time period in England.
2 out of 5 hearts
Opinion: I had avoided this book for a while because I thought the title was derived from characters killing themselves as a result of being sexually assaulted (I despise reading about rape - this is why I refuse to read the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series). However, I kept hearing about it so when I saw it at a thrift store and realized it was not a big book I decided to just marathon read it in case it was too disturbing to be reading for a week. While the book is obviously about suicides, there was no sexual assault and it is not as disturbing as I had anticipated. It was obviously not a happy book but while being profound and macabre, it was also intriguing. It was actually extremely well-written and interesting and I ended up liking it.
4 out of 5 hearts
Opinion: I loved this book. I could barely put it down. There were a few parts that were unnecessarily sexual in my opinion but the story as a whole was tremendous. It was full of passion, grit and danger and I loved the fact that the story incorporated Jacob as an old man remembering his life in the circus.
4.5 out of 5 hearts