This Week I’m Reading…

Another classic! The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I’m only on page 27 but I love it so far! It seems like we could be at a point at which our decisions affect whether or not our future becomes as it is in this book. Women have almost no rights and the system is very classist. I’m worried that our country is in the beginning stages of becoming as it is in The Handmaid’s Tale. As I was reading, I’ve come across quite a few things that have really set the atmosphere of a possible near future.

“I never ran at night; and in the daytime, only beside well-frequented roads.

Women were not protected then.

I remember the rules, rules that were never spelled out but every woman knew: Don’t open your door to a stranger, even if he says he is police. Make him slide his ID under the door. Don’t stop on th road to help a motorist pretending to be in trouble. Keep the locks on and keep going. If anyone whistles, don’t turn to look.”

This is very similar to our current society and I truly hope that we keep fighting against this. Keep fighting so that we don’t have to be afraid. I hope it never becomes like this book.

In more pleasant news, this past week has been great for me! I’m incredibly happy with my relationship. We just started dating and even just met but things are wonderful. We have so much in common and I’m just swept away by it all. We’re even both left-handed. That’s super uncommon. All of my past relationships have failed pretty quickly and I’ve never felt like this in any of them. I’m really hoping this is it. I’m just so happy and I know why but I’m not sure how everything has fallen into place so perfectly for me. I’m amazed. They say that love at first sight is only in stories but I’m not so sure about that now.

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Review of Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five

This week, I am reviewing the classic anti-war novel by Kurt Vonnegut known as Slaughterhouse-Five, also titled The Children’s Crusade. It is a rather short novel at 215 pages but, nonetheless, is life-changing.

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Synopsis:

This novel is about a man who survived the firebombing of Dresden in World War II, named Billy Pilgrim, who has become “unstuck in time.” In other words, he relives different times in his life in random order with no control of when or where he’ll be next. One moment he’s talking to his fiancé in a veteran’s hospital and the next he’s in a zoo on a planet called Tralfamadore. As Vonnegut writes on the title page:

“This is a novel somewhat in the telegraphic schizophrenic manner of tales of the planet Tralfamadore, where the flying saucers come from.”

There are three main time periods that Billy travels to: the war (most of it spent as a prisoner of war in Germany), after the war (in the hospital, with his wife, etc), and on Tralfamadore (as a middle-aged man).

What I liked about it:

Honestly, I loved the whole book but more specifically, the way the story is told. It’s very disjointed and reminds me of my favorite book, Catch-22Like Catch-22, the atrocities of war are explained in a much more lighthearted way than you would think, but it doesn’t take away from the darkness of what happened, only emphasizes it.

I also really liked the Tralfamadorians and their perception of time; I feel like it is truly thought provoking. The inclusion of aliens in a war novel is a very odd idea although it does encourage thought about life, death, time, and the universe, among other things.

What I didn’t like about it:

There’s not much I didn’t like about this book but there are some descriptions in the book, mostly about the war, that are disturbing. I do understand that it needs to be there because, well, it’s war, but I know that some people may be turned off of the book because of it.

My overall impression:

Slaughterhouse-Five is a classic for a very good reason. It’s engaging and offers a strong commentary on war, mental illness, and society in general. While it is very similar to Catch-22, Slaughterhouse-Five offers a different perspective on war and society while still being entertaining. It’s also much less confusing than Catch-22 but that’s the reason I love both of them. I highly recommend Slaughterhouse-Five to anyone who likes thought-provoking, bizarrely humorous novels and anyone who likes Catch-22.

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Ten Random Facts About Me

Here’s some stuff to know about me:

1. I do photography sometimes. I prefer landscape and architecture photography (because I find it easier than working with models) but I also do cosplay photography for my friends. I’ll probably post some of my favorite photos here.

2. I LOVE boardgames (and card games) like Pandemic and Exploding Kittens. I will, however, also enjoy an occasional game of Monopoly or the like.

3. I have two wonderfully hilarious cats. Kuzon is kinda chubby and can be a jerk sometimes (like all cats) and my sister says that Zuko is an alien (he’s definitely an odd one). There’s a picture of both of them on my About page.

4. I have so many favorite books that when someone asks me what my favorite book is, I get this deer-in-the-headlights look and say the first three books that pop into my head. I don’t have an ultimate favorite book because they’re all my favorites for different reasons. I can’t compare them all.

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5. Cold weather is the best. Tea is also the best. Books are the best too. Being wrapped in a blanket with a cup of tea and a book is definitely the best. A lot of things are the best, in my opinion.

6. If I don’t have a reason to get up in the morning (school, work, etc), I won’t. I’ll sleep until noon and only get out of bed for food. I try to keep busy because I hate wasting the day.

7. While I do love all kinds of food, my favorite is definitely sushi. If I could, I’d eat it everyday, but, alas, it is too expensive. *sad face*

8. Here’s something odd about me: I collect dead flowers. Dead roses to be exact and I have some that are from 10 years ago. I know, I’m weird.

9. I love camping. Especially with family. Somehow someone always ends up injured, but not badly. We usually laugh it off, play games, and tell stories around the fire. There’s always s’mores!

10. After a party (around midnight), my cousin and I rapped all two and a half hours of Hamilton: An American Musical. I was so tired and crazy that anyone else would have thought I was drunk (she was). It was a blast!

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