for september's book i
read listened to slaughterhouse five (i have a forty five minute commute to and from work everyday, so i went to the library and got a bunch of books on tape cd to listen to, so i don't feel like i'm wasting my life away).
i've seen a bunch of kurt vonnegut quotes around that i really like, so i was really excited when slaughterhouse five was at the library. it was my first vonnegut book and i really liked his style. the story bounced all over the place and played with the idea of time travel, but it still somehow made sense and seemed like that was the only sensical way to tell this story. it was raw and captivating and told the story of a soldier, billy pilgrim, who hated war and wasn't too fond of life in general. he claims to have visited an alien land, transcended "earthly" time, and was at the firebombing in dresden in world war II.
it was a really, really good, unglamorous book about war and life. but definitely left me wanting to read something a little more lighthearted for my next book...aaanyways, here are a few favorite quotes from it:
"everything was beautiful and nothing hurt."
"so it goes."
"americans, like human beings everywhere, believe many things that are obviously untrue."
"all moments, past, present and future, always have existed, always will exist."
"it is just an illusion here on earth that one moment follows another one, like beads on a string, and that once a moment is gone, it is gone forever."
"why you? why us for that matter? why anything? because this moment simply is."
"but she did look back, and i love her for that, because it was so human."