You Can’t Please Everyone – Slaughterhouse Five

One star Amazon reviews of classic movies, music and literature. Today we take a look at Slaughterhouse Five:

While cultural pundits try to convince you that some literature is better than other literature, the truth is that all art is relative to individial tastes. Thus, it doesn’t make any sense to think that a novel like this one is really any better than say, Michael Crichton or Stephen King. Aesthetic standards can’t be grounded.

Thus, don’t listen to anyone who tries to distinguish between “serious” works of literature like this one and allegedly “lesser” novels. The distinction is entirely illusory, because no novels are “better” than any others, and the concept of a “great novel” is an intellectual hoax.

I prefer Daniele Steele, and there’s no basis for telling me I’m wrong. Vonnegut is no better or worse than Daniele Steele!

This without a doubt ranks up there with the WORST books I have ever read. Pointless, poorly written, and incredibly dull.

If you want some great writing, try Ayn Rand.

I don’t like how Vonnegut down-plays death. What’s the phrase? “and so it goes”? I also don’t like how the author puts down morals and values. I don’t care if Pilgrim has been through war, that doesn’t give him an excuse to loose all human pride.

This book was so confusing. All the events were out of order, and the time skipped around a lot, and I was so lost. I didn’t understand what was happening, and I still don’t know what exactly the “slaughterhouse five” is. I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone…it was a waste of time to read it.

Awful language and no point. And if I see the phrase “so it goes” one more time, I’m going to scream!
Why in the world this is considered a classic is beyond me.

A tangled mess of disjointed scenes and uninspiring ramblings. This is not a work of art. It is poorly constructed and shows no signs of good writing ability. What a disappointment.

Why the fuss with this book? It was boring, tedious, and made no point. Vonnegut’s works are depressing and life-hating, which stems from his suicidal tendencies.

O.K., I read it, but I literally have no idea what this book is about. And I’m not reading it again to find out either. Apparently, people like almost anything in life, which is really a sad commentary on the human condition.

I didn’t enjoy this book at all. I didn’t like the constant skipping around of text.

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Daily Dose of Ingersoll

What Good has the Church Accomplished?

It claims to have preached peace because its founder said, “I
came not to bring peace but a sword.”

It claims to have preserved the family because its founder
offered a hundred-fold here and life everlasting to those who would
desert wife and children.

So, it claims to have taught the brotherhood of man and that
the gospel is for all the world, because Christ said to the woman
of Samaria that he came only to the lost sheep of the house of
Israel, and declared that it was not meet to take the bread of the
children and cast it unto dogs.

In the name of Christ, who threatened eternal revenge. it has
preached forgiveness.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “Truth” (1897)