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

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Vintage, 1991 - Fiction - 157 pages
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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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Such a bizarre book. The descriptions of the train rides painted a grim picture of prisoners journey to Dresden, which were moving and really immersed me in the experience of prison life. That was ... Read full review

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I'm not sure I can even express why I loved this book, but I loved it. Much has been said about the "So it goes" & how irritating it is, and I admit that initially it bugged me too. And then I ... Read full review

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About the author (1991)

Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis in 1922 and studied biochemistry at Cornell University. During WWII, he served in Europe and, as a prisoner of war in Germany, he witnessed the destruction of Dresden by Allied bombers, an experience which inspired Slaughterhouse- Five. He is the author of thirteen other novels, three collections of stories and five non-fiction books. He died in 2007.

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