Here are some of the reasons that have been used for challenging the book:
- Challenged at the Owensboro, Ky. High School library (1985) because of "foul language, a section depicting a picture of an act of bestiality, a reference to 'Magic Fingers' attached to the protagonist's bed to help him sleep, and the sentence: 'The gun made a ripping sound like the opening of the fly of God Almighty."
- Challenged at the LaRue County, Ky. High School library (1987) because "the book contains foul language and promotes deviant sexual behavior'.
- Challenged in the Baton Rouge, La. public high school libraries ( 1988) because the book is "vulgar and offensive'.
So, to actually review the book I'm not sure what to say. I enjoy Vonnegut's writing style, and I love the way he uses fiction to expose the hypocrisies that are such a part of our existence as Americans. This book was written in 1969, and it is still so true to the world we live in. I don't really feel that it has lost anything over the past 40 years. Maybe that is what makes this book such a classic, the fact that it retains its meaning; it still speaks to our human condition, and its brilliance is not at all dimmed by the passage of time. The best satire only gets better as time passes, and I think Slaughterhouse-Five is a perfect example of that fact.