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Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut £0.99 (Kindle edition). Add Audible option for extra £2.99
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut £0.99 (Kindle edition). Add Audible option for extra £2.99

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut £0.99 (Kindle edition). Add Audible option for extra £2.99

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Seems a good deal, especially with the Audible option for £3.98 - the Audible book on its own is selling for £13.73!

Slaughterhouse 5 follows the life of Billy Pilgrim, a WWII soldier who was present during the horrors of the Dresden bombing. A prisoner of war at the time, we read a rambled account of his life before, during and after this cataclysmic event. Rambled you ask? Yep. That’s because Billy Pilgrim time travels, subconsciously. This account of his life takes him from war-torn France to his eighteenth wedding anniversary, to his days in school to his enclosure at the zoo on the planet Tralfamadore, and eventually to his death. So it goes.

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Hot, this is a classic book, well-structured and makes you think.

hokers

Hot, this is a classic book, well-structured and makes you think.



Do you need to be made to think?

Halloway

Do you need to be made to think?


I think we all do sometimes. Very easy to roll along in your routine, consuming what you're being told. I think the things that make us question ourselves and our lives are definitely worth spending time on.

Brilliant book. Thank you.

Wouldn't have minded being in that zoo...

Halloway

Do you need to be made to think?



Absolutely, especially if you have ingrained ideas about the word. A person's belief system can be very difficult to change. For example if it could be proven there was no God, many people who believe in God would not change their viewpoint. This can be true of people with prejudices, for example hatred of Muslims, black people, homosexuals, transgender people. Second hand knowledge can be so convincing. It's very healthy to challenge your own beliefs. Plenty of people of course are happy not to challenge their beliefs or haven't even thought of the idea.

Think why you like a particular sport, or football team or why you think the way you do, it will have a lot to do with your parents, your school and other people. Second hand knowledge is other people doing the thinking for you and you believing it's the truth. The truth is out there as they say.

en.wikipedia.org/wik…ity

A classic example is an assumed belief such as the extremely common myth that humans only use 10% of their brain power. This has been accepted by many people as true. The Internet allows you to find out this isn't the truth, of course the Internet also gives false information.

en.wikipedia.org/wik…yth

snopes.com/

It's the reason snopes exists because of assumption which if something can be logically accepted as truth then this belief can be easily assimilated in to one's own version of the truth. It happens with all people and all fields, it happens with scientific study as well. We're all at the mercy of not thinking for ourselves.


Edited by: "fishmaster" 25th Jan

I love an audiobook but this one is only 5 hours long so probably not worth it.

I'll just plump for the Kindle edition.

Thanks! Heat added.

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I love an audiobook but this one is only 5 hours long so probably not … I love an audiobook but this one is only 5 hours long so probably not worth it.I'll just plump for the Kindle edition.Thanks! Heat added.



​the audio book is amazing, it's read by James Franco he does such a great job. my favourite audio book so far. give the sample a try !

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Anyone who likes this book should check out Arrival. It's probably not showing at cinema any more but I'm sure it can be found online. It examines the same themes and the acting is great. Not much in the way of explosions though, despite looking a bit like Independence Day
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