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“Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut

“All moments, past, present and future, always have existed, always will exist.”

When I grabbed this book in the early hours of the morning I did not mean to actually read it. I had other plans, I had chosen something else. For some reason, though, I decided to take a look at the first sentence (who am I kidding, I always do that when I buy a new book). I guess life really does happen to us while we are busy making others plans, because I only put the book down for a nap. It was the last thing I saw before I fell asleep and the first thing I reached for when I woke up.

What is Slaughterhouse-Five about?

“All this happened, more or less.”

It’s about everything and nothing, at the same time. Kurt Vonnegut wrote it in such a brilliant way. I am still in awe. It’s so much more than what it seems to be at first. I was really not expecting this.

Billy Pilgrim leads us across the four dimensions, across time as it is and as it will forever be. Past, present and future. Always there, always ready, always now, if so you wish it to be.

“I think you guys are going to have to come up with a lot of wonderful new lies, or people just aren’t going to want to go on living.”

We do what we have to do to survive. We convince ourselves of certain truths, we tell ourselves certain stories… and we carry on, or at least we try to.

“That’s one thing Earthlings might learn to do, if they tried hard enough: Ignore the awful times and concentrate on the good ones.”

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