Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Aug 11, 2009 - Fiction - 120 pages
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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 firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most.


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I know he even admitted to being a crappy writer... - LibraryThing
Well-written, interesting and educational. - LibraryThing
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I love his satirical style and off-kilter prose. - LibraryThing
What I enjoyed the most was his introduction. - LibraryThing
Vonnegut's selection of words and phrases is powerful. - LibraryThing

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I know this book has been raved about for years but I just couldn't seem to get into it. I appreciated the clever writing and the anti-war stance, even the time travel fell into place after a while ... Read full review

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what does this book mean?! it has so many ardent fans but, even amongst top goodreads reviews when read carefully, you see that people are using "so it goes" in various contexts... ironically ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
29
Section 3
66
Section 4
91
Section 5
110
Section 6
173
Section 7
196
Section 8
206
Section 9
233
Section 10
268
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Page 26 - I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not to fill them with satisfaction or glee.
Page 22 - Crusaders were but ignorant and savage man, that their motives were those of bigotry unmitigated, and that their pathway was one of blood and tears. Romance, on the other hand, dilates upon their piety and heroism, and portrays, in her most glowing and impassioned hues, their virtue and magnanimity, the imperishable honor they acquired for themselves, and the great Services they rendered to Christianity.
Page 3 - All this happened, more or less. The war parts, anyway, are pretty much true. One guy I knew really was shot in Dresden for taking a teapot that wasn't his. Another guy I knew really did threaten to have his personal enemies killed by hired gunmen after the war. And so on. I've changed all the names.

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About the author (2009)

Kurt Vonnegut’s black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America’s attention in The Sirens of Titan in 1959 and established him as “a true artist” (The New York Times) with Cat’s Cradle in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene declared, “one of the best living American writers.” Mr. Vonnegut passed away in April 2007.

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