Slaughterhouse-five ; Or, The Children's Crusade, A Duty-dance With Death

Slaughterhouse-five ; Or, The Children's Crusade, A Duty-dance With Death

Book - 1969
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Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 1969
ISBN: 9780385333849
9780385312080
0385312083
9780440180296
0440180295
Branch Call Number: FICTION VONNEGU KURT
Characteristics: 186 p

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dylankemp
Jun 21, 2016

This novel deserves its status as an absolute classic. In my opinion it's R18, with scenes of violence and death, a little sex, and some swearing. But that doesn't stop it from being a light, gentle, lyrical, funny tale. Hard to imagine? Well, that's part of the charm of this book. And I do mean charming. It's based on a true story, in that it's autobiographical in part, telling the tale of the firebombing of Dresden in WW2. An insanely destructive and deadly event that the author Kurt Vonnegut witnessed. It took him 25 years to tell the tale. And by then it had morphed into a story that is also about time travelling aliens. It sounds silly, but the worth of a story is so much about how it's told. The central character learns how to time travel too, and the novel is arranged in such a way, jumping back and forth, that you might find yourself seeing where movies like "Pulp Fiction" found their inspiration for how a story can be told. It's a wonderful book. And a quick read. I totally recommend it.

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duffy1014
Jun 20, 2016

Read the book before. About time for a new copy. Must read for all fiction enthusiasts. One of many banned books still in circulation.

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dannerz
Dec 08, 2010

Really great read, love his writing style and have gone on to read more and more Vonnegut!

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maven
Dec 11, 2009

Somehow I never read this until now, and it was not quite like what I imagined. I enjoyed it though and plan on reading more Kurt Vonnegut books in future.

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Aug 25, 2016

blue_dolphin_4400 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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