Slaughterhouse-five, Or, The Children's Crusade: A Duty-dance with Death

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Dial Press, 1969 - Fiction - 275 pages
Billy Pilgrim is the son of an American barber. He serves as a chaplain's assistant in World War II, is captured by the Germans, and he survives the largest massacre in European history--the fire bombing of Dresden. After the war Billy makes a great deal of money as an optometrist, and on his wedding night he is kidnapped by a flying saucer from the planet Tralfamadore. So begins a modern classic by a master storyteller.

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Slaughterhouse 5. To the best of my knowledge this is a book based around the allied bombing of Dresden during World War Two. The author does not appear to be too sure, so I could be wrong. Very casually written, it is one of those books famed for being famous. Read full review

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If you take a step back from it, this is a preposterous love story about two characters who should never get together, burdened the the story of a sick child and a troubled neighbor. But the cast ... Read full review

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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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