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Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.


Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death is a 1969 novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. about the experiences and journeys through time of a soldier named Billy Pilgrim. He does not like wars and is captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge. The Germans put Billy and his fellow prisoners in a disused slaughterhouse in Dresden. The firebombing of Dresden is a central event in the novel.

The reviews of Slaughterhouse-Five have been largely positive and in its publication year, Slaughterhouse-Five was nominated for a best-novel Nebula Award & for a best-novel Hugo Award, 1970. It also appeared in Time magazine's list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923.

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  • Will L.

    This reminded me why I hate Vonnegut. So it goes.

    1 · July 3, 2013

    • Ann

      Thought I should read at least one of his books. Look forward to the discussion, particularly after last month with Faulkner's "Sound and Fury."

      September 18, 2013

  • Dennis T.

    If anyone is interested, the True False Theater Company is presenting Slaughterhouse-Five on stage as part of the FringeNYC festival on 08/14 -

    August 6, 2013

    • Ann

      Missed it. In Maine.

      September 18, 2013

  • jonathan

    I'd be there, but I'll be meeting a friend at the airport... traveling from Dresden!

    1 · September 18, 2013

  • Natalie

    I can't wait to hear people's thoughts and opinions on various books- you need other like minded ppl to help you think outside the box :)

    1 · August 22, 2013

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