October Discussion: Slaughterhouse-Five

Described as an American classic and one of the world’s great antiwar books, Slaughterhouse-Five turns 50 this year! So, we decided to read this novel by Kurt Vonnegut to see how it stands up. What do you think of this book? Have you read it? Recently? Back at school?

Let us know what you think – here are some of the questions we’ll be considering for this month’s podcast book club:

  1. “So it goes” follows each mention of death in the book. What do you think it means?
  2. In Slaughterhouse-Five, the narrator Billy is taken at one point to a planet called Tralfamadore where “there is no such thing as free will.” Do you agree? Do you believe in free will?
  3. It’s been 50 years since the novel was first published, depicting the author’s WWII experiences. Do the 50 year-old anti-war sentiments still hold up in today’s world?
  4. Slaughterhouse-Five has been banned or challenged numerous times for profanity, depictions of sex, and perceived heresy. Do you have a favourite banned or censored book?

You can comment below or email us your answers and thoughts to wpl-podcast@winnipeg.ca

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