Slaughterhouse-five, or, The children's crusade: or, The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death
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|Grouping Title||slaughterhouse five|
|Grouping Author||vonnegut kurt|
|Last Grouping Update||2020-05-25 01:45:00AM|
|Last Indexed||2020-05-25 02:46:56AM|
|auth_author2||Franco, James, 1978-|
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|display_description||A special fiftieth anniversary edition of Kurt Vonnegut's masterpiece, "a desperate, painfully honest attempt to confront the monstrous crimes of the twentieth century" (Time), featuring a new introduction by Kevin Powers, author of the National Book Award finalist The Yellow Birds|
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 Kurt Vonnegut described as a twenty-three-year struggle to write a book about what he had witnessed as an American prisoner of war. It combines historical fiction, science fiction, autobiography, and satire in an account of the life of Billy Pilgrim, a barber's son turned draftee turned optometrist turned alien abductee. As Vonnegut had, Billy experiences the destruction of Dresden as a POW. Unlike Vonnegut, he experiences time travel, or coming "unstuck in time."
An instant bestseller, Slaughterhouse-Five made Kurt Vonnegut a cult hero in American literature, a reputation that only strengthened over time, despite his being banned and censored by some libraries and schools for content and language. But it was precisely those elements of Vonnegut's writing—the political edginess, the genre-bending inventiveness, the frank violence, the transgressive wit—that have inspired generations of readers not just to look differently at the world around them but to find the confidence to say something about it. Authors as wide-ranging as Norman Mailer, John Irving, Michael Crichton, Tim O'Brien, Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth Strout, David Sedaris, Jennifer Egan, and J. K. Rowling have all found inspiration in Vonnegut's words. Jonathan Safran Foer has described Vonnegut as "the kind of writer who made people—young people especially—want to write." George Saunders has declared Vonnegut to be "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."
Fifty years after its initial publication at the height of the Vietnam War, Vonnegut's portrayal of political disillusionment, PTSD, and postwar anxiety feels as relevant, darkly humorous, and profoundly affecting as ever, an enduring beacon through our own era's uncertainties.
"Poignant and hilarious, threaded with compassion and, behind everything, the cataract of a thundering moral statement."—The Boston Globe
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FICTION / Classics
Free will and determinism -- Fiction
Prisoners of war -- Fiction
World War, 1939-1945 -- Fiction
|title_display||Slaughterhouse-five, or, The children's crusade : a duty-dance with death|
|title_full||Slaughterhouse-Five A Novel|
Slaughterhouse-Five or, The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death
Slaughterhouse-five / [Playaway] Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse-five, or, The children's crusade : a duty-dance with death / Kurt Vonnegut
|title_short||Slaughterhouse-five, or, The children's crusade|
|title_sub||or, The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death|
Free will and determinism
Prisoners of war
World War, 1939-1945