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Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut

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Allen, William Rodney. Understanding Kurt Vonnegut. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1991.

Klinkowitz, Jerome, and John Somer, eds. The Vonnegut Statement. New York: Delacorte, 1973.

Lundquist, James. Kurt Vonnegut. New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing, 1977.

Mustazza, Leonard, ed. The Critical Response to Kurt Vonnegut. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1994.

Siepmann, Katherine Baker, ed. Benet’s Reader’s Encyclopedia. New York: HarperCollins, 1987.

Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr. Palm Sunday. New York: Delacorte Press, 1981.

———. Wampeters, Foma, & Granfalloons. New York: Delacorte Press, 1992.

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A few observations on Slaughterhouse Five

by Akumeoi, November 04, 2012

Some things that are significant about this book (in my view) that were not mentioned in the SparkNote are this:
Billy Pilgrim's last name
A religious connection in the book
The colour of his feet again
As to the first, I think that since 'Billy' was obviously chosen with care, 'Pilgrim' was too. Pilgrim could refer to his otherworldly journey through time, although it's uncertain what he would be making a pilgrimage too - possibly death. Or, it could just be his journey through the war.
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Where in the book is that

by mackeller, April 04, 2013

Do you know where in the book the christianity references are? The chapter might be more helpful because the pages are probably different.

An alternative explanation for Billy's "travels"

by almostpassingenglish, August 18, 2013

I think that BIlly Pilgrim's journeys through time could instead be a social commentary on Post-Traumatic Stress disorder. Billy isn't skipping through time, instead he's an old man sitting at his home, his daughter is taking care of him, and when he closes his eyes he suffers his wartime flashbacks and delusions about traveling through space in which he lives in a dream with elements from his life, like how Montana Wildhack was the Porn Star from the book store that Billy visited to see the Kilgore Trout novels. It also explains why the boo

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