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Slaughterhouse-Five

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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 Kurt Vonnegut described as a twenty-three-year struggle to write a book about what he had witnessed as an American POW. 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."
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 . . . a funny book at which you are not permitted to laugh, a sad book without tears."Life
"Funny, satirical, compelling, outrageous, fanciful, mordant, fecund . . . 'It's too good to be science fiction,' [the critics] would say. But Vonnegut doesn't care, and you won't care, either, because this is a writer who leaps over genres."—Los Angeles Times

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Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Kindle Book

  • Release date: August 11, 2009

OverDrive Read

  • ISBN: 9780440339069
  • Release date: August 11, 2009

EPUB ebook

  • ISBN: 9780440339069
  • File size: 2247 KB
  • Release date: August 11, 2009


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English

"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 Kurt Vonnegut described as a twenty-three-year struggle to write a book about what he had witnessed as an American POW. 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."
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 . . . a funny book at which you are not permitted to laugh, a sad book without tears."Life
"Funny, satirical, compelling, outrageous, fanciful, mordant, fecund . . . 'It's too good to be science fiction,' [the critics] would say. But Vonnegut doesn't care, and you won't care, either, because this is a writer who leaps over genres."—Los Angeles Times

Expand title description text