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Slaughterhouse 5: The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death
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Slaughterhouse 5: The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death (Paperback)

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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.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Vintage Publication Date: 17/10/1991 ISBN-13: 9780099800200  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis in 1922 and studied biochemistry at Cornell University. An army intelligence scout during the Second World War, he was captured by the Germans and witnessed the destruction of Dresden by Allied bombers, an experience which inspired his classic novel Slaughterhouse-Five. After the war he worked as a police reporter, an advertising copywriter and a public relations man for General Electric. His first novel Player Piano (1952) achieved underground success. Cat's Cradle (1963) was hailed by Graham Greene as 'one of the best novels of the year by one of the ablest living authors'. His eighth book, Slaughterhouse-Five was published in 1969 and was a literary and commercial success, and was made into a film in 1972. Vonnegut is the author of thirteen other novels, three collections of stories and five non-fiction books. Kurt Vonnegut died in 2007.

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The pinnacle of Vonnegut's work and style - and contains a backwards-in-time scene about World War Two that Martin Amis clearly ripped off when he wrote Time's Arrow.

- 20/08/2011
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For the wit and the bitterness, and the humanity beneath it all. Bonkers, brilliant, and surprisingly readable for a postmodern metafiction about a fatalistic optometrist, extraterrestrials and Dresden.

Louisa Young - 21/05/2014

Vonnegut’s skewed report of the horrors of war is strangely life-affirming; through its exposure of the absurd excesses of human vanity and its moments of revelatory beauty and wit, a defiance emerges on which one can build a personal credo. The idiots in charge may always mess things up, but we – Vonnegut’s babies – get to play as free as birds in the wreckage.

Stephen Kelman - 04/08/2015

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