Books Read/To Read. The Official Chuck Palahniuk Site. University Library at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Catalog your books online. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0385333846, Paperback) Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore.
In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden. Don't let the ease of reading fool you--Vonnegut's isn't a conventional, or simple, novel. He writes, "There are almost no characters in this story, and almost no dramatic confrontations, because most of the people in it are so sick, and so much the listless playthings of enormous forces.