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A Look into the Human Mind In his powerful novel Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut tells of a man named Billy Pilgrim who has become unstuck in time He walks through a door in 1955 and comes out another in 1941 He crashes in a plane in 1968 and ends up displayed in a zoo on the planet Tralfamadore making love to Earth porno-star Montana Wildhack He ends up in the cellar of a slaughterhouse when Dresden is bombed to ashes during World War II Billy his fellow Americans and four guards were the only ones to live through the bombing The Boston Globe best explains the book when it says it is poignant and hilarious threaded with compassion and behind everything the cataract of a thundering moral statement back cover Vonnegut looks into the human mind of a man traumatized by war experiences and poor relations with his father and determines insanity is the result Billys father is a source of his instability from the beginning Mr Pilgrim treats Billy as if he has no feelings and he is a disgrace to him Unfortunately for Billy fathers are very influential in a boys growing up In a terrible encounter with his father when Billy was young Mr Pilgrim sets the stage for Billys insanity Little Billy was terrified because his father had said Billy was going to learn to swim by the method of sink-or-swim His father was going to throw Billy into the deep end and Billy was going to damn well swim It was like an execution Billy was numb as his father carried him from the shower room to the pool His eyes were closed When he opened his eyes he was on the bottom of the pool and there was beautiful music playing everywhere He lost consciousness but the music went on He dimly sensed that someone was rescuing him Billy resented that 43-4 Billy is also traumatized by the
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