Slaughterhouse-five, Or, The Children's Crusade

Slaughterhouse-five, Or, The Children's Crusade

A Duty-dance With Death

eBook - 2002
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Vonnegut's wildly imaginative, witty and affecting novel tells Billy Pilgrim's story in just that fashion. It spins back and forth through time, layering in the elements of Billy's life, which begins, chronologically, in 1922 in the upstate New York town of Ilium, and ends over 50 years later, when he is a successful middle-class optometrist with a wife and two grown children. Like Vonnegut himself, Billy was a World War II draftee and a prisoner of war in Dresden when the Allies firebombed the city early in 1945. All of these facts are significant, and the novel emerges as a powerful anti-war.
Publisher: New York : RosettaBooks, 2002
ISBN: 9780795302664
0795302665
9780795302626
0795302622
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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BiGirl
May 01, 2017

Wonderful and gripping. Hard content at times but well written

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TechWriter1
Aug 05, 2016

Just as good as when I read it in college. A great anti-war story.

Ham625 Apr 24, 2015

A good thoughtful read.

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brooks243marathon
Feb 09, 2012

One of the most important books of the 20th century, and fun to read too. Powerful anti-war satire mixed with autobiography and social satire.

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espresso_romance
Apr 09, 2011

A pretty good read. Now I've read a fair amount of literature and as a younger person, I'd heard so much about how this is a must read. So I finally read it. And it was not what I expected in a good way. I had no idea there was a sci-fi element to it and I thought that was the strongest part about the book. The war elements....not so much but blended in with the "mythic journey" of Billy PIlgrim...it was very powerful. Vonnegut has such a read-able style of writing too, I finished it in just a couple of days. The time travelling was amusing, entertaining, and well written. Vonnegut is also witty. He had me laughing out loud literally at some parts.

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