Grappling with family challenges, Vonnegut continued to write, publishing novels vastly dissimilar in terms of plot.
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Many of them were concerned with technology and the future, which led some critics to classify Vonnegut as a science fiction writer, though he resisted the label. An answer is not readily forthcoming, but perhaps Vonnegut believes that there is some value in trying to save humanity from its own stupidity.
He had already developed a cult following of college students, but he broke through to a mass audience with Slaughterhouse-Five and the excellent film version of the novel that soon followed.
Later work Breakfast of Champions and Slapstick, or Lonesome No More both examine the widespread feelings of despair and loneliness that result from the loss of traditional culture in the United States; Jailbird recounts the story of a fictitious participant in the Watergate scandal of the Richard Nixon — administration, a scandal which ultimately led to the resignation of the president; Galapagos predicts the consequences of environmental pollution; and Hocus-Pocus; or, What's the Hurry, Son?
One of the few to survive, Vonnegut was ordered by his captors to aid in the grisly task of digging bodies from the rubble and destroying them in huge bonfires.
Also, they soon began to tinker with the unneeded machines with a view to making them operative again.