In Slaughterhouse-Five, why is Cinderella referred to as "the most popular story ever told"?
Slaughterhouse-Five is a very pessimistic book, and also a satire; the tone of the book is almost unrelentingly dark (or funny, depending on the reader's sense of humor), and so its reference to Cinderella as "the most popular story ever told" is likely a self-referential dig at the novel's tone.
The actual reference comes in chapter 5:
And, at the far end of the shed, Billy saw pink arches with azure draperies hanging between them, and an...
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