Slaughterhouse 5

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Vintage, 1991 - Fiction - 157 pages
'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.' George Saunders

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 Five 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.

'An extraordinary success. A book to read and reread. He is a true artist' New York Times Book Review

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User Review  - being_b - LibraryThing

"Shit happens, life is cruel and arbitrary and so is war" is not a novel's worth of insight. And repeating the same three-word phrase (so it goes) over and over is not enough to make it iconic. Tattoo-havers the world over, I question your taste. Read full review

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I have wanted to read this book since the first time i watched the movie Footloose! It interested me that Ren would call it a classic and the 2 adults that were so ridges would say it is sinful. So, 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. An army intelligence scout during the Second World War, he was captured by the Germans and witnessed the destruction of Dresden by Allied bombers, an experience which inspired his classic novel Slaughterhouse-Five. After the war he worked as a police reporter, an advertising copywriter and a public relations man for General Electric. His first novel Player Piano(1952) achieved underground success. Cat's Cradle(1963) was hailed by Graham Greene as 'one of the best novels of the year by one of the ablest living authors'. His eighth book, Slaughterhouse-Fivewas published in 1969 and was a literary and commercial success, and was made into a film in 1972. Vonnegut is the author of thirteen other novels, three collections of stories and five non-fiction books. Kurt Vonnegut died in 2007.

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