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So It Goes

March 9, 2012

I just finished reading Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five. 

Rarely have I ever read a book and thought, “This could be about current times.”

I came across this paragraph and couldn’t help but think that Vonnegut knew exactly what he was writing about.

“Americans, like human beings everywhere, believe many things that are untrue. Their most destructive untruth is that it is very easy for any American to make money. They will not acknowledge how in fact hard money is to come by, and, therefore, those who have no money blame and blame and blame themselves. This inward blame has been a treasure for the rich and powerful, who have had to do less for their poor, publicly and privately, than any other ruling class since, say, Napoleonic times.”

I’m not a literary critic by any means, but I enjoyed the world he created for Billy Pilgrim and the chaotic mess his life became because of his experience in World War II and with Tralfamadorians.

After reading a literary masterpiece, I usually read newer works that haven’t received critical acclaim, but are popular in culture today.

Next up: The Hunger Games.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ronald permalink
    April 25, 2012 5:34 am

    Is that my copy of Slaughterhouse? Cause I can’t find it.

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