Kurt Vonnegut – Slaughterhouse-Five (audiobook)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

Kurt Vonnegut’s absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut’s) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

Don’t let the ease of reading fool you – Vonnegut’s isn’t a conventional, or simple, novel. He writes, “There are almost no characters in this story, and almost no dramatic confrontations, because most of the people in it are so sick, and so much the listless playthings of enormous forces. One of the main effects of war, after all, is that people are discouraged from being characters.”

Slaughterhouse-Five is not only Vonnegut’s most powerful book, it is also as important as any written since 1945. Like Catch- 22, it fashions the author’s experiences in the Second World War into an eloquent and deeply funny plea against butchery in the service of authority. Slaughterhouse-Five boasts the same imagination, humanity, and gleeful appreciation of the absurd found in Vonnegut’s other works, but the book’s basis in rock-hard, tragic fact gives it a unique poignancy – and humor.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Harper Audio

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no www. Izvēlējos no Top 100 Sci-Fi Books grāmatu listes.

Vērtējums/Rating: 3.75/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Galvenais varonis Billijs Pilgrims piedzīvojis kara šausmas, redzējis kā mirst viņa biedri, bet īsti par to nebēdā. Kāpēc? Jo pateicoties citplanētiešiem no Tralfamadore planētas, kur būtnes spēj redzēt ne vien telpā, bet arī laikā, tādējādi varētu teikt, ka katrs eksistē mūžīgi, bet tas nenozīmē nemirstību. Stāstā Tralfamadoras būtnes pavīd pavisam maz; ir pāris ainu, bet gribētos uzzināt par viņiem vairāk un plašāk. Billijs varētu ‘’pateikties’’ viņiem par atbrīvošanu no laika ķetnas, kamēr mēs pārējie kustamies tikai telpā.

Pats Billijis nespēj kontrolēt, kad un kur viņš laika ‘’lēcienos’’ nokļūst (būtu vēl jāpadomā, vai tikt tas galu galā nav drīzāk lāsts; vismaz tas notiek savas dzīves ietvaros), arī stāsta sižets nav laika līnijas ziņā vienmērīgs; ar lēcieniem šurpu turpu.

Lai gan aprakstā apgalvots, ka tēlu gandrīz vai nav (vien daži) un konfrontāciju arī pamaz, tad negribētos tam piekrist. Kaut vai grāmatas sākums, kas uzreiz nogādā lasītāju brīdī, kad Drēzdene tiek bombardēta. Bez Billija pieminēšanas vērts ir arī Roland Weary tēls, viņu karš ietekmē daudz smagāk.

Cik saprotu, dzirdēto var uzskatīt daļēji par autora reāli piedzīvoto Otrajā pasaules karā. Neiztrūkst arī filozofiska rakstura pārdomas. Patika neraksturīgā pieeja stāsta formai; šur tur pavīd arī optometristi :D. Sci-fi aspekts laikam piedēvējams (vien) citplanētiešu un Billija jauno ~spēju dēļ, citādi tiešām vairāk atskats uz kara atmiņām.

                                                                                                                                           

Our main character Billy Pilgrim has seen how horrible the war can be and how his colleagues have died but that doesn’t trouble that much. Why? Because thanks to aliens from planet Tralfamadore he now knows that death isn’t the end, everyone exists forever but that doesn’t mean that they or others are immortal. Creatures from that planet can also see back and forward in time, not just only in space. In the story those creatures are shown very little; I would have liked to know a bit more about them. Billy could ‘’thank’’ them about making him unstuck in time while we forced to moved around just in three dimensions.

Billy himself can’t control where and when he will show up when the time jump occurs (you would have to think hard – if in the end that’s not a curse, at least that happens within his own life), because of that also the story jumps back and forth.

Although in the synopsis it’s mentioned that there are almost no characters or dramatic confrontations, I wouldn’t like to agree to that. As for example the beginning of the book is when the reader is already at the bombing of Dresden. Besides Billy’s character I would like to mention Roland Weary, it seemed that the war affected him harsher.

If I understood correctly this can be partially considered as Vonnegut’s memories of what he experienced in the World War II. Inevitably there are some philosophical thoughts. I liked the unusual and quirky approach to the story; here and there you might see some optometrists :D. I guess the only reason this could be considered as a sci-fi is because of aliens and what they did to Billy (his new capabilities), otherwise more likely a retrospect of war memories.

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