An obscure science fiction writer, Kilgore Trout writes novels full of good ideas and bad writing, and is in some sense a caricature of Kurt Vonnegut, whose early writings were exercises in science fiction. Trout’s novels, with their reference to aliens, Jesus and the cross, and alternate futures, make an impression on Eliot Rosewater and Billy Pilgrim, and many of their details become details of Billy’s life and Vonnegut’s narrative.
Kilgore Trout Quotes in Slaughterhouse-Five
The Slaughterhouse-Five quotes below are all either spoken by Kilgore Trout or refer to Kilgore Trout. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Dell edition of Slaughterhouse-Five published in 1991.).
Chapter 8 Quotes
Trout, incidentally, had written a book about a money tree. It had twenty-dollar bills for leaves. Its flowers were government bonds . . . It attracted human beings who killed each other around the roots and made very good fertilizer. So it goes.
Kilgore Trout Character Timeline in Slaughterhouse-Five
The timeline below shows where the character Kilgore Trout appears in Slaughterhouse-Five. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...checked in for alcohol abuse. Rosewater introduces Billy to the science fiction writings of Kilgore Trout, an author of cheap paperbacks. Both Rosewater and Billy “found life meaningless, partly because of... (full context)
...the bombing takes place and 130,000 Dresdners are killed. Billy sleeps and thinks about Kilgore Trout, whom his daughter says she would like to kill, since he has planted strange ideas... (full context)
...his experiences with the Tralfamadorians. Billy goes into an adult bookstore because he sees four Trout novels in the front window. He reads the beginning of a book called The Big... (full context)