Slaughterhouse-five

Slaughterhouse-five

Or, The Children's Crusade : A Duty-dance With Death

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Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

Slaughterhouse-Five is not only Vonnegut's most powerful book, it is also as important as any written since 1945. Like Catch-22, it fashions the author's experiences in the Second World War into an eloquent and deeply funny plea against butchery in the service of authority. Slaughterhouse-Five boasts the same imagination, humanity, and gleeful appreciation of the absurd found in Vonnegut's other works, but the book's basis in rock-hard, tragic fact gives it unique poignancy -- and humor.



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Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

Slaughterhouse-Five is not only Vonnegut's most powerful book, it is also as important as any written since 1945. Like Catch-22, it fashions the author's experiences in the Second World War into an eloquent and deeply funny plea against butchery in the service of authority. Slaughterhouse-Five boasts the same imagination, humanity, and gleeful appreciation of the absurd found in Vonnegut's other works, but the book's basis in rock-hard, tragic fact gives it unique poignancy -- and humor.



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Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.




Slaughterhouse-Five is not only Vonnegut's most powerful book, it is also as important as any written since 1945. Like Catch-22, it fashions the author's experiences in the Second World War into an eloquent and deeply funny plea against butchery in the service of authority. Slaughterhouse-Five boasts the same imagination, humanity, and gleeful appreciation of the absurd found in Vonnegut's other works, but the book's basis in rock-hard, tragic fact gives it unique poignancy -- and humor.



Publisher: Franklin Center, Pa. : Franklin Library, 1978
ISBN: 9780060735555
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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steven_hahn
Nov 01, 2018

Interestingly, I had listened to the cd’s in the wrong order and didn’t even realize it until just before returning them when I had double-checked all the cd’s were present. As it turns out, I had played the last cd fourth and vice versa. This may be one of the few books where this is not noticeable since the main character, Billy Pilgrim, is constantly jumping around in time (or becoming “unstuck in time” as he refers to it). In this order, the ending is actually the incineration of Dresden with the last words being the song that appears to be voiced by the German prison guards -

“So long forever old fellows and pals
So long forever old sweethearts and pals
God Bless ‘em”.

Overall, a unique and stirring take on mankind’s predisposition towards making war.

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WoodneathJenny
Aug 27, 2018

Ethan Hawke does an amazing job of reading this classic novel!

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chilcoat
Sep 09, 2015

The skillful narration of Ethan Hawke lends the perfect voice to this compelling story.

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