Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) by Kurt Vonnegut

Also called The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death, Slaughterhouse-Five is a satire set in World War II as seen through the eyes of soldier Billy Pilgrim. Considered to be Vonnegut's most influential work, it has semi-autobigraphical elements. Vonnegut used the firebombing of Dresden as a the pivotal event; one he was present for.

We will be sitting outside behind B&N near the fireplace.

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  • Nancy L.

    If you liked the book, you'll love the movie. Join us March 9, 2014 to watch this 1972 classic. RSVP here:
    http://www.meetup.com/Classical_Literature/events/166757822/

    February 17, 2014

  • Barrywhy

    Words Kurt used and I didn't know
    rodomontade- a bragging blustery speech (spell checker thinks this should be "downtrodden" I would think that's how you feel after hearing one.)
    lugubrious -mournful, dark bleak
    golliwog a grotesque black doll popular after WWII. Thought to be suitable for boys
    nacreous- multicolored, perarlesent

    1 · December 11, 2013

    • Barrywhy

      Actually it should be "Words Kurt used which I did not know"

      December 12, 2013

    • Nancy L.

      Churchill's take on being extremely grammatically correct: That is something 'up with which I will not put.' If he's against it, so am I!

      1 · December 12, 2013

  • Donna N.

    I had a good time and loved the discussion. It made me think about the book and question my own thoughts on it.

    1 · December 11, 2013

  • Barrywhy

    Wonderful book. I love his sarcasm and his focus on all else that would be ignored.

    December 11, 2013

  • Nancy L.

    Thanks everyone for a great discussion. It was nice out by the fire, if a bit chilly. Sorry to miss you, Keith.

    1 · December 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I cannot believ i missed this! I was so lookig forward to it. I just disnt get it on the calender and i completely forgot today. So sorry i missed you all.

    December 10, 2013

  • Donna N.

    Hello? I can't find you!

    December 10, 2013

  • Nancy L.

    And here's the original 1969 New York Times book review. http://www.nytimes.com/1969/03/31/books/vonnegut-slaughterhouse.html?_r=0

    December 10, 2013

  • Nancy L.

    Kurt Vonnegut talked on the BBC World Book Club in 2006, about a year before he died. http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/specials/133_wbc_archive_new/page6.shtml

    December 10, 2013

  • Nancy L.

    Are we reading the Count of Monte Cristo for January? If so, I should probably start on that now :)

    November 17, 2013

    • Yvette

      Yes I couldnt go to the 451 discussion....if you discuss again I'm in.

      December 1, 2013

    • Barrywhy

      Yes when some one dies or there is the mention of death the phrase is used. I think it is deliberate on his Kurt Vonnegut's part. Perhaps I will save that for Tuesday in December when we sit by a fire at book store. (the fire fuled by gas or other petrochemical, not by books)

      December 4, 2013

  • tom k.

    Have a game that night so I won't be able to attend. I will re-read the book,though, and look forward to discussing it with some of you at a later date.

    November 19, 2013

  • Sumita

    I love discussing this book. At the moment, I am a "no" because I have exams that week, but I might need a mental break and join you anyway. Enjoy the read!

    November 14, 2013

  • Susan

    So bummed that I was overbooked on the day of the White Whale. Not going to make that mistake this next time.

    November 14, 2013

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