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.


  1. Ohhh, that's a great one!

  2. I love Vonnegut, he is slowly becoming one of my favourite authors! I still haven't read Slaughterhouse though so as soon as I finish 'Breakfast of Champions' I'm getting straight onto that one! Thanks for sharing :) and stopping by! Hope you have a great weekend!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  3. I saw the movie, but I'm not sure if I read the book. If I did, it was a long time ago and needs to be reread.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  4. I love books that are even better when you reread them. I'm adding SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE to my reading list.
    Here's my Beginnings post.

  5. I have never read any of Mr. Vonnegut's books, but I know they are classics for a reason. Thanks for sharing with us and for visiting my blog.

  6. I haven't read any Vonnegut. One day, I hope... Happy reading!

  7. I have not read anything by Vonnegut.
    Very mysterious opening - flippant almost - enjoy!

  8. Yet another author I haven't read! (but in the TBR!) "Great beginning!