Best book description you've ever heard?


My personal favorite comes courtesy of Mrs. Jordan, my 12th grade English teacher, describing Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five:

It’s about Billy Pilgrim, a WWII soldier who becomes unstuck in time and is kidnapped by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore who force him to mate in a zoo with the porn queen of earth.

You bet your ass I picked up that book as fast as I could and devoured it (I was 17). It’s still one of my favorites, and Vonnegut has become one of my favorite authors.

What’s the best description of a book you’ve ever heard?

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Such a great description. Had me at unstuck in time. The whole part about mating is a zoon with the porn queen of earth is just icing on the cake.

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Right! She knew how to sell a book to a 17 year old boy, that’s for sure. :laugh: She also read us Cat’s Cradle, which was really heavy for a bunch of high school kids. I’ve since learned that every chapter is meant to be a joke – it’s some of the best satire I’ve ever read.

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