Kurt Vonnegut

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What do you think is Vonnegut's reason for these digressions? what do you think of the mantra so it goes.

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I’m not sure that I agree that Vonnegut is digressing. I think it is more accurate to say that his non-linear narrative style appears to be digressive, when in fact each temporal jump is a necessary element in the story. My own take on Slaughterhouse Five is that the book is less about Dresden than it is about how one responds, psychologically, to trauma and about the uses of narrative to make sense of the terrible things that happen to us. The book is at once an attempt at escape through the imagination and a satire or commentary on the ineffectiveness of that escape. In that sense the digressions are both essential and comic. Vonnegut’s narrative style is an attempt to...

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