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Slaughterhouse 5: The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death
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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. During WWII, he served in Europe and, as a prisoner of war in Germany, he witnessed the destruction of Dresden by Allied bombers, an experience which inspired Slaughterhouse- Five. He is the author of thirteen other novels, three collections of stories and five non-fiction books. He 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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