Slaughterhouse 5

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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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User Review  - Kassilem - LibraryThing

Alright, I don't think I should have listened to this one. I tend to think that if I listen to the old classic books I'll be able to get through them, but in this case it was probably vise versa. If I ... Read full review

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User Review  - john.cooper - LibraryThing

In this book, even more than in his others, Vonnegut writes in a deliberately oversimplified, repetitive voice similar to that with which we might talk to children. When combined with his dark themes ... 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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