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Slaughterhouse-Five: Or the Children's Crusade, a Duty-Dance with Death

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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 Vonnegut describes as a twenty-three-year struggle to write a book about what he himself witnessed as an American prisoner of war. It combines science fiction, autobiography, humor, historical fiction, and satire in an account of the life of Billy Pilgrim, a barber's son turned draftee turned optometrist turned alien abductee. Billy, like Vonnegut, experiences the destruction of Dresden as a POW, and, as with Vonnegut, it is the defining moment of his life. Unlike the author, he also experiences time travel, or coming "unstuck in time." Billy Pilgrim's odyssey reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most.

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 art . . . a funny book at which you are not permitted to laugh, a sad book without tears."--Life

Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher: Dell
Published: 11/03/1991
Pages: 224
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.25lbs
Size: 6.80h x 4.10w x 0.70d
ISBN: 9780440180296

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 6
Point Value: 8
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 16724 / Slaughterhouse-Five

About the Author
Kurt Vonnegut's 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" (The New York Times) with Cat's Cradle in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene declared, "one of the best living American writers." Kurt Vonnegut died in April 2007.