Slaughterhouse Five

Slaughterhouse Five

Centering on the infamous World War II firebombing of Dresden, the novel is the result of what Kurt Vonnegut described as a twenty-three-year struggle to write a book about what he had witnessed as an American prisoner of war.

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback

ISBN: 0385333846

Category: Fiction

Page: 292

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Kurt Vonnegut’s masterpiece, Slaughterhouse-Five is “a desperate, painfully honest attempt to confront the monstrous crimes of the twentieth century” (Time). Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world’s great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous World War II firebombing of Dresden, the novel is the result of what Kurt Vonnegut described as a twenty-three-year struggle to write a book about what he had witnessed as an American prisoner of war. It combines historical fiction, science fiction, autobiography, and satire in an account of the life of Billy Pilgrim, a barber’s son turned draftee turned optometrist turned alien abductee. As Vonnegut had, Billy experiences the destruction of Dresden as a POW. Unlike Vonnegut, he experiences time travel, or coming “unstuck in time.” An instant bestseller, Slaughterhouse-Five made Kurt Vonnegut a cult hero in American literature, a reputation that only strengthened over time, despite his being banned and censored by some libraries and schools for content and language. But it was precisely those elements of Vonnegut’s writing—the political edginess, the genre-bending inventiveness, the frank violence, the transgressive wit—that have inspired generations of readers not just to look differently at the world around them but to find the confidence to say something about it. Authors as wide-ranging as Norman Mailer, John Irving, Michael Crichton, Tim O’Brien, Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth Strout, David Sedaris, Jennifer Egan, and J. K. Rowling have all found inspiration in Vonnegut’s words. Jonathan Safran Foer has described Vonnegut as “the kind of writer who made people—young people especially—want to write.” George Saunders has declared Vonnegut to be “the great, urgent, passionate American writer of our century, who offers us . . . a model of the kind of compassionate thinking that might yet save us from ourselves.” More than fifty years after its initial publication at the height of the Vietnam War, Vonnegut’s portrayal of political disillusionment, PTSD, and postwar anxiety feels as relevant, darkly humorous, and profoundly affecting as ever, an enduring beacon through our own era’s uncertainties.
Categories: Fiction

Book Life

Book Life

THE MODERN LIBRARY'S 100 BEST NOVELS 10 11 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 1 Ulysses by James Joyce 2 ... by Carson McCullers 18 Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut 19 Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison Native Son by Richard ...


Publisher: Rock Point Gift & Stationery

ISBN: 9781631062971

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 211

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Document your reading experiences, create a book wish list, and find places for book lovers to visit, including literary pilgrimages and iconic bookstores, with Book Life: A Reader's Journal.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Cambridge Introduction to the Novel

The Cambridge Introduction to the Novel

13 Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier (London: Penguin, 2002), 147. ... 15 Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five (New York: Dell, 1991), 22, 2, 19. 16 W. G. Sebald, Austerlitz, trans. Anthea Bell (New York: Modern Library, 2001), 100–1.

Author: Marina MacKay

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139493574

Category: Literary Criticism


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Beginning its life as the sensational entertainment of the eighteenth century, the novel has become the major literary genre of modern times. Drawing on hundreds of examples of famous novels from all over the world, Marina MacKay explores the essential aspects of the novel and its history: where novels came from and why we read them; how we think about their styles and techniques, their people, plots, places, and politics. Between the main chapters are longer readings of individual works, from Don Quixote to Midnight's Children. A glossary of key terms and a guide to further reading are included, making this an ideal accompaniment to introductory courses on the novel.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Britannica Book of the Year 2012

Britannica Book of the Year 2012

As one reviewer noted, “Even those suffering from a phobia about maths would find his book revealing and insightful. ... an offering of some of Kurt Vonnegut's best novels, including Slaughterhouse-Five, Breakfast of Champions, ...

Author: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.

Publisher: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.

ISBN: 9781615356188

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 882

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The Britannica Book of the Year 2012 provides a valuable viewpoint of the people and events that shaped the year and serves as a great reference source for the latest news on the ever changing populations, governments, and economies throughout the world. It is an accurate and comprehensive reference that you will reach for again and again.
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

Library Journal

Library Journal

The End : Hamburg Standing Next to History : An Agent's Life says , reviews , and book chapters is indispen- 1943. Univ . of Chicago . 2004. c . ... ( which existed al- of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse - Five . charge of the ...

Author: Melvil Dewey


ISBN: UOM:39015063375037

Category: Libraries

Page: 902

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Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.
Categories: Libraries

How to Read a Christian Book

How to Read a Christian Book

Melbourne , Lord David Cecil Fiction The Modern Library also made its choices of the one hundred best works of fiction from the twentieth century . Once again , few if any could be labeled religious fiction , but many show indications ...

Author: David Loren McKenna

Publisher: Baker Publishing Group

ISBN: 0801063590

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 143

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A listing of Christian classics introduces readers to the very best of Christian writing and offers advice on how to build a decent spiritual library. Original.
Categories: Literary Criticism

About the Author

About the Author

Author: Alfred Glossbrenner

Publisher: Mariner Books

ISBN: PSU:000044424169

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 309

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Introduces the life and work of 125 notable authors from all major genres, recommending which work to read first, similar works by other authors, biographies, and sources of literary criticism.
Categories: Literary Criticism

People Almanac 2003

People  Almanac 2003

THE MODERN LIBRARY FICTION LIST Get out your pencils and get ready to quibble . In 1999 the Modern Library released its list of the top 100 English - language novels of the century ( so never mind that manuscript in progress ) , 59 of ...

Author: Editors of People Magazine

Publisher: People

ISBN: 192904996X

Category: Reference

Page: 542

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The editors of People Magazine cover the stars, royalty, criminals, and ordinary people making headlines over the past year, along with trivia about all the headliners and celebrities, as well as listings of this year's Emmy, Oscar, and Grammy winners. Original. 50,000 first printing.
Categories: Reference

Forthcoming Books

Forthcoming Books

Author: Rose Arny


ISBN: UOM:39015046841345

Category: American literature


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Categories: American literature