Slaughterhouse-five, Or, The Children's Crusade: A Duty-dance with Death

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Dial Press, 1969 - Fiction - 275 pages
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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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I know he even admitted to being a crappy writer... - LibraryThing
Well-written, interesting and educational. - LibraryThing
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I love his satirical style and off-kilter prose. - LibraryThing
What I enjoyed the most was his introduction. - LibraryThing
Vonnegut's selection of words and phrases is powerful. - LibraryThing

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I should have liked this book. The science-fiction-y story, what there is of it, is good. The anti-war message is good. But the storytelling just didn't work out. Read full review

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Vonnegut has the talent of writing books that make you feel like he's sitting with you and telling you a story, instead there just being words printed on a page. This makes his books always a pleasure ... Read full review

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Kurt Vonnegut's 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” (The New York Times) 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.

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