1 Chapter in to Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
2014-04-28 17:47:17 ET

So I've recently begun reading Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (About his experience with the bombing of Dresden in WWII) and I've come to realize he is an AMAZING author. I'm a chapter in and captivated. He starts the book by detailing his post war experience, then uses this to transition to a fictional portion of the book.

I looked through the Gideon Bible in my motel room for tales of great destruction. The sun was risen upon the Earth when Lot entered into Zo-ar, I read. Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of Heaven; and He overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. So it goes. Those were vile people in both those cities, as is well known. The world was better off without them. And Lotís wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. So she was turned to a pillar of salt. So it goes. ē ē ē People arenít supposed to look back. Iím certainly not going to do it anymore. Iíve finished my war book now. The next one I write is going to be fun. This one is a failure, and had to be, since it was written by a pillar of salt.

Beautiful, and the book is full of things like this


2014-04-28 18:03:26 ET

<3 vonnegut

He is so simplistically eloquent. I won't make recommendations because if you're invested in him, you'll delve into more and he's very prolific.

One personal hearsay (and I've yet to come across the Gideon Bible :P) is that some Christians place money into a bible, as a reward for you reading it, in hotels. As a result, I check the bible in every hotel room I visit - no money yet and truly, a little bizarre to me that in this day and age they'd still provide it in the drawer. Seems like something you need more in jail than an okay hotel.

2014-04-29 05:21:57 ET

Welcome back. :)

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