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Old 08-18-2011, 05:59 PM   #74
WT Sharpe
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I think my biggest complaint about the book is that I could of cared less what happened to any of the characters in it, it didn't really feel like there was much of a plot or story at all....
That's the exact way I felt for the first third of the book. The characters didn't feel real, and I felt no empathy with them. Then they began to take on flesh and become real people. By the novel's end, I felt very much involved in their lives, especially Billy Pilgrim's, who was really, according to Kurt Vonnegut, Edward R. Crone, Jr. Crone was a young man whose gentle temperament was completely unsuited for military life, and who died in Dresden of what Vonnegut says was known as the "thousand mile stare"; that is, he would sit with his back to the wall in a catatonic state and wouldn't talk, wouldn't eat, and the Germans would not help him.
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