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Slaughterhouse-five, or, The children's crusade: a duty-dance with death

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Prisoner of war, optometrist, time-traveller - these are the life roles of Billy Pilgrim, hero of this miraculously moving, bitter and funny story of innocence faced with apocalypse. Slaughterhouse 5 is one of the world's great anti-war books. Centring on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden in the Second World War, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.
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ISBN:
9780385312080
9781433269769
9780385289405
9780783883700
9780060735555
9781433269691
9780440339069
9780795311987
9780060573775
9780385333849
9780440180296
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UG
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Lexile measure:
850L
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Grouping Title slaughterhouse five
Grouping Author vonnegut kurt
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2019-06-24 19:59:38PM
Last Indexed 2019-06-24 20:01:25PM

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auth_author2 Hawke, Ethan, 1970-
author Vonnegut, Kurt.
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display_description A special fiftieth anniversary edition of Kurt Vonnegut's masterpiece, "a desperate, painfully honest attempt to confront the monstrous crimes of the twentieth century" (Time), featuring a new introduction by Kevin Powers, author of the National Book Award finalist The Yellow Birds

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 Kurt Vonnegut described as a twenty-three-year struggle to write a book about what he had witnessed as an American prisoner of war. It combines historical fiction, science fiction, autobiography, and satire in an account of the life of Billy Pilgrim, a barber's son turned draftee turned optometrist turned alien abductee. As Vonnegut had, Billy experiences the destruction of Dresden as a POW. Unlike Vonnegut, he experiences time travel, or coming "unstuck in time."
An instant bestseller, Slaughterhouse-Five made Kurt Vonnegut a cult hero in American literature, a reputation that only strengthened over time, despite his being banned and censored by some libraries and schools for content and language. But it was precisely those elements of Vonnegut's writing—the political edginess, the genre-bending inventiveness, the frank violence, the transgressive wit—that have inspired generations of readers not just to look differently at the world around them but to find the confidence to say something about it. Authors as wide-ranging as Norman Mailer, John Irving, Michael Crichton, Tim O'Brien, Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth Strout, David Sedaris, Jennifer Egan, and J. K. Rowling have all found inspiration in Vonnegut's words. Jonathan Safran Foer has described Vonnegut as "the kind of writer who made people—young people especially—want to write." George Saunders has declared Vonnegut to be "the great, urgent, passionate American writer of our century, who offers us . . . a model of the kind of compassionate thinking that might yet save us from ourselves."
Fifty years after its initial publication at the height of the Vietnam War, Vonnegut's portrayal of political disillusionment, PTSD, and postwar anxiety feels as relevant, darkly humorous, and profoundly affecting as ever, an enduring beacon through our own era's uncertainties.
"Poignant and hilarious, threaded with compassion and, behind everything, the cataract of a thundering moral statement."—The Boston Globe
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subject_facet Audiobooks, Extraterrestrial beings -- Fiction, Historical fiction, American, Large type books, Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Interviews, Prisoners of war -- United States -- Fiction, Time travel -- Fiction, Vonnegut, Kurt -- Interviews, War stories, American, World War, 1939-1945 -- Fiction, World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, German -- Fiction
title_display Slaughterhouse-five, or, The children's crusade : a duty-dance with death
title_full Slaughterhouse 5 [sound recording] / Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, Slaughterhouse-Five A Novel, Slaughterhouse-Five or, The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death, Slaughterhouse-five [sound recording] / Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-five, or, The children's crusade : a duty-dance with death / Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Slaughterhouse-five, or, The children's crusade : a duty-dance with death / by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
title_short Slaughterhouse-five, or, The children's crusade :
title_sub a duty-dance with death
topic_facet Audiobooks, Extraterrestrial beings, Fiction, Historical fiction, American, Humor (Fiction), Large type books, Literature, Novelists, American, Prisoners and prisons, German, Prisoners of war, Science Fiction, Time travel, Vonnegut, Kurt, War stories, American, World War, 1939-1945