- Author Kurt Vonnegut
I’ve heard Kurt Vonnegut’s name mentioned occasionally but didn’t really know what his books were about, or his style of writing. I quite enjoyed the book, I liked the back and forth nature, and obviously time travel appeals to me a lot. I liked the science fiction element played against the war scenes, although it was hard to reconcile both worlds.
I’ve now seen that this was controversial for being whimsical, but I didn’t find it that way. It was, for me, intensely depressing. It’s drawn from the author’s own experience, which makes it hard-hitting. The stories of prisoner-of-war camps are never easy to digest, and Dresden can be added to that list. Even the far-fetched stories of being abducted by aliens aren’t exactly fun.
Then there’s the “and so it goes” thing. It’s used every time there’s a mention of death, and it gets really, really annoying - used more than 100 times. Which proves how much death is in the book. So, I have mixed feelings about it. A good read, but unsettling and mostly just sad.