Slaughter House FivePaperback
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- Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
- Format: Paperback | 215 pages
- Dimensions: 106mm x 174mm x 18mm | 59g
- Publication date: 6 October 1998
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0440180295
- ISBN 13: 9780440180296
- Sales rank: 504
Billy Pilgrim is the son of an American barber. He serves as a chaplain's assistant in World War II, is captured by the Germans, and he survives the largest massacre in European history the fire bombing of Dresden. After the war Billy makes a great deal of money as an optometrist, and on his wedding night he is kidnapped by a flying saucer from the planet Tralfamadore. So begins a modern classic by a master storyteller.
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Kurt Vonnegut was a master of contemporary American literature. His black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America's attention in The Sirens of Titan in 1959 and established him as "a true artist" with Cat's Cradle in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene declared, "one of the best living American writers." Mr. Vonnegut passed away in April 2007. "From the Hardcover edition."
"Poignant and hilarious, threaded with compassion and, behind everything, the cataract of a thundering moral statement."--"Boston Globe "Very tough and very funny . . . sad and delightful . . . very Vonnegut."--"New York Times ""Splendid art . . . a funny book at which you are not permitted to laugh, a sad book without tears."--"Life " "From the Trade Paperback edition."
"Slaughterhous-Five is one of the world's great anti-war books. Centering on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.