Top 5 Kurt Vonnegut Novels

Most people who know me well know that my all-time favorite author is Kurt Vonnegut. I’ve taken many a trip to Half Price Books solely to buy out every copy they had of his books. I’ve almost finished collecting every book he’s written, including an encyclopedia of his characters and made-up words. I even have a tattoo of one of his many famous doodles. In honor of Vonnegut, I’ve compiled this list of his very best novels, number one being his absolute best. I’ve also included a weird scale for each novel, on a scale of one to five; Vonnegut is sometimes a lot to handle. Happy reading!

5. Player Piano

Vonnegut’s first novel takes place in a dystopian world where people’s jobs have been taken over by machines while they were fighting in the world. This novel is almost in the vein of Brave New World or 1984.

Weird rating: 2 out of 5

4. Breakfast of Champions

This novel had me laughing out loud. I believe it was only the second book of his that I had read and I was shocked at the crudeness of it. I was not prepared for the winding plot line, inappropriate doodles, and insane characters.

Weird rating: 5 out of 5

3. Slaughterhouse-Five

The very first Vonnegut I ever encountered. I had heard about this book for many years, but had no idea what it was about. When I began reading, I was afraid it was all going to be a boring war novel, but it was so much more than I could have ever imagined. Aliens, time travel, war. This novel ignited my love for his work.

Weird rating: 3.5 out of 5

2. Cat’s Cradle

This book hit me so hard, I even wrote my senior capstone paper over it. There are so many themes he deals with, including religion, apocalypse, love, science. I’ve read it three times and I’m sure I still haven’t caught everything he’s trying to say. This is definitely one that should not be read lightly.

Weird rating: 2.5 out of 5

1. The Sirens of Titan

And the number one pick is not only my favorite of Vonnegut’s works, but my favorite novel of all time. I have also read this one at least three times and I would still read it again anytime. It made me laugh and cry and question my entire existence. Very weird, very beautiful.

Weird rating: 4 out of 5

Betsy Dickens
Betsy Dickens

Contributing Editor for New Plains Review.


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