Vonnegut‘s works are antiwar and they question the very ideas that modern western society holds dear – which is why I adore this dead man. Quite frankly I think everyone should give Bokonism a try. It’s with great pleasure and some sadness that I put this post on this site. In his death, I think we should celebrate his work.
Mr. Vonnegut shed the label of science fiction writer with “Slaughterhouse-Five.” It tells the story of Billy Pilgrim, an infantry scout (as Mr. Vonnegut was), who discovers the horror of war. “You know — we’ve had to imagine the war here, and we have imagined that it was being fought by aging men like ourselves,” an English colonel says in the book. “We had forgotten that wars were fought by babies. When I saw those freshly shaved faces, it was a shock. My God, my God — I said to myself, ‘It’s the Children’s Crusade.’ ”