Friday, September 21, 2012
Book Beginnings: Slaughterhouse-Five
Every Friday Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays. What you do is share the opening line(s) of the book you are currently reading and briefly discuss what you think about the opening line or the book or whatever else inspires you. Make sure to share your entry with Rose City Reader and in my comments below.
Here's my book beginning:
"All this happened, more or less."
-Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
This comes from the introduction of the novel, which is actually chapter one. It suggests that what Vonnegut has to have afterward is not all fiction, though what is and what isn't may be hard to say. Certainly, nobody was ever abducted by aliens, but perhaps Vonnegut's suggested symbolism is true, as a representation of post traumatic stress disorder. I'm over halfway through my second reading, and it's even better this time around.