There isn’t any particular relationship between the messages, except that the author has chosen them carefully, so that, when seen all at once, they produce an image of life that is beautiful and surprising and deep. There is no beginning, no middle, no end, no suspense, no moral, no causes, no effects. What we love in our books are the depths of many marvelous moments seen all at one time.
In this passage at the beginning of
Chapter 5, one of Billy’s captors explains
the Tralfamadorian novel to him. It seems that Vonnegut has taken
this template as a model for