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

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Dell, 1991 - Fiction - 215 pages
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Billy Pilgrim is the son of an American barber. He serves as a chaplain's assistant in World War II, is captured by the Germans, and he survives the largest massacre in European history the fire bombing of Dresden. After the war Billy makes a great deal of money as an optometrist, and on his wedding night he is kidnapped by a flying saucer from the planet Tralfamadore. So begins a modern classic by a master storyteller.

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User Review  - SadieSForsythe - LibraryThing

When I first started this and was hit with it's basic absurdities (not that I was surprised by them as it's known as an absurdist classic) I groaned and thought, 'oh, I'm not gonna like this.' But as ... Read full review

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The author's memories of World War II juxtaposed with an alien zoo storyline--only Vonnegut could make this work, which it totally does. It's an old favorite in a beautiful illustrated slipcased edition from The Folio Society. Those folks know how to make books! Read full review

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Contents

Chapter ONE
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Chapter TWO
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Chapter THREE
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Kurt Vonnegut was a master of contemporary American literature. His black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America's attention in The Sirens of Titan in 1959 and established him as "a true artist" with Cat's Cradle in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene declared, "one of the best living American writers.” Mr. Vonnegut passed away in April 2007.


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