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Slaughterhouse-Five: Or the Children's Crusade, a Duty-Dance with Death

Paperback - 03 November 1991
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"A desperate, painfully honest attempt to confront the monstrous crimes of the twentieth century."--Time

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 World War II firebombing of Dresden, the novel is the result of what Vonnegut describes as a twenty-three-year struggle to write a book about what he himself witnessed as an American prisoner of war. It combines science fiction, autobiography, humor, historical fiction, and satire in an account of the life of Billy Pilgrim, a barber's son turned draftee turned optometrist turned alien abductee. Billy, like Vonnegut, experiences the destruction of Dresden as a POW, and, as with Vonnegut, it is the defining moment of his life. Unlike the author, he also experiences time travel, or coming "unstuck in time." Billy Pilgrim's odyssey reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most.

Praise for Slaughterhouse-Five

"Poignant and hilarious, threaded with compassion and, behind everything, the cataract of a thundering moral statement."--The Boston Globe

"Very tough and very funny . . . sad and delightful . . . very Vonnegut."--New York Times

"Splendid art . . . a funny book at which you are not permitted to laugh, a sad book without tears."--Life

Customer Reviews

1 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 02 March 2018
Every time I read this book it gets better!
By: Antonius B.

By far my all time favorite book. It's kind of a war book, which I don't usually enjoy, but it is such an amazing story. It's really interesting on a psychological view. I would recommend this book to anyone! It's a pretty quick read, but slightly challenging if you are younger. It's definitely high school level. Beautiful book though. I have read it probably ten times now and I will probably read it another hundred times. It's one of those books that I think everybody should have to read at least once in their lives.


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