Slaughterhouse-Five - February Meetup (Silver Spring)

HELLO, LOOK HERE PLEASE -- VENUE CHANGE: Now at Pete's New Haven Style Apizza, just one block north of the B.G.  Start time remains at 7:15.  If more than 12 people show up to the Meetup, we will break into two groups and I will ask for a volunteer to moderate the second group.


The TPBCMG book for February is Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut.  This absurdist classic 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 (taken from the name of the building where the POWs were held) is not only Vonnegut's most powerful book, it is as important as any written since 1945.  Like Catch- 22, the book 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 a unique poignancy--and humor.

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  • Marquessa

    Just a follow-up. I came to Bombay Gaylord last Thursday, the 20th, for the book club discussion of Slaughterhouse-Five. I did not find the group so I ordered take out and left. The book was a very different kind of reading and I would have loved to hear the perspectives of others. Has the meeting date or place changed?
    Marquessa Brown
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    February 24

    • Mark

      I'm so sorry. Yes, we moved to a new place just up the street. Check the meeting notice. The new place was a little noisy but the service was better.

      February 26

  • Brandon A.

    Sorry all - not feeling well and I think rest is in my forecast tonight.

    February 20

  • Stephanie

    Hi! Any suggestions for parking? thanks, Tess

    January 31

    • bonnie n.

      Are you suggesting that we bring our garbage?

      February 16

    • Mark

      Curses upon ye, Auto Correct!

      February 18

  • Erika M.

    This will be my first time meeting. I'm excited!

    February 2

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