Slaughterhouse-five, Or, The Children's Crusade
A Duty-dance With DeathBook - 1969
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time
Slaughterhouse-Five , an American classic, is one of the world's great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous World War II firebombing of Dresden, the novel is the result of what Vonnegut describes as a twenty-three-year struggle to write a book about what he himself witnessed as an American prisoner of war. It combines science fiction, autobiography, humor, historical fiction, and satire in an account of the life of Billy Pilgrim, a barber's son turned draftee turned optometrist turned alien abductee. Billy, like Vonnegut, experiences the destruction of Dresden as a POW, and, as with Vonnegut, it is the defining moment of his life. Unlike the author, he also experiences time travel, or coming "unstuck in time." Billy Pilgrim's odyssey reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most.
Praise for Slaughterhouse-Five
"Poignant and hilarious, threaded with compassion and, behind everything, the cataract of a thundering moral statement." -- The Boston Globe
"Very tough and very funny . . . sad and delightful . . . very Vonnegut." -- New York Times
"Splendid art . . . a funny book at which you are not permitted to laugh, a sad book without tears." -- Life
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“And Lot's wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. So she was turned into a pillar of salt. So it goes.”
"All this happened, more or less."
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Sexual Content: About a dozen innuendos and there is sex, but it is not described.
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