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January Book Club

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    611 Manatee Avenue East (north corner of Manatee Ave and 7th St E), , Bradenton, FL (map)

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  • January is all about time with the new year, even named after Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, transitions and time and all things related. So, what better way to celebrate this month than with a 'time' related book. Our main character in this month's book has become "unstuck in time". So, let's celebrate the late Kurt Vonnegut's masterpiece, Slaughterhouse-Five.

    Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) is the now famous parable of Billy Pilgrim, a World War II veteran and POW, who has in the later stage of his life become "unstuck in time" and who experiences at will (or unwillingly) all known events of his chronology out of order and sometimes simultaneously. 

    Traumatized by the bombing of Dresden at the time he had been imprisoned, Pilgrim drifts through all events and history, sometimes deeply implicated, sometimes a witness. He is surrounded by Vonnegut's usual large cast of continuing characters (notably here the hack science fiction writer Kilgore Trout and the alien Tralmafadorians who oversee his life and remind him constantly that there is no causation, no order, no motive to existence). 

    The "unstuck" nature of Pilgrim's experience may constitute an early novelistic use of what we now call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; then again, Pilgrim's aliens may be as "real" as Dresden is real to him. Struggling to find some purpose, order or meaning to his existence and humanity's, Pilgrim meets the beauteous and mysterious Montana Wildhack (certainly the author's best character name), has a child with her and drifts on some supernal plane, finally, in which Kilgore Trout, the Tralmafadorians, Montana Wildhack and the ruins of Dresden do not merge but rather disperse through all planes of existence. 

    Slaughterhouse-Five was hugely successful, brought Vonnegut an enormous audience, was a finalist for the National Book Award and a bestseller and remains four decades later as timeless and shattering a war fiction as Catch-22, with which it stands as the two signal novels of their riotous and furious decade. - from Amazon

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  • Pamela B.

    What is the book for January?

    November 18

    • Terri

      Hi Pamela. It is listed in the description in more detail, but, is Slaughter-house 5.

      November 20

  • Laura M

    darn it! My other book group meets on the same date. I've been wanting to read this book for years and I look forward to meeting the group and reading fine literature.

    November 9

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