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Read Kurt Vonnegut's powerful masterpiece, which is as timely now as when it was first published.
'An extraordinary success. A book to read and reread. He is a true artist' New York Times Book Review
Billy Pilgrim - hapless barber's assistant, successful optometrist, alien abductee, senile widower and soldier - has become unstuck in time. Hiding in the basement of a slaughterhouse in Dresden, with the city and its inhabitants burning above him, he finds himself a survivor of one of the most deadly and destructive battles of the Second World War. But when, exactly? How did he get here? And how does he get out?
Travel through time and space on the shoulders of Vonnegut himself. This is a book about war. Listen to what he has to say: it is of the utmost urgency.
'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.' George Saunders
But there really was a city called Dresden and it ...
Slaughterhouse-Five is an extremely entertaining read, and an important book for teen readers to explore more deeply in a classroom setting. It also has one of the all-time great opening lines in literature as it begins what is surely one of the strangest meditations on war: "All of this happened, more or less."
A barbershop quartet at Billy's 18th wedding anniversary party reminds him of the four German soldiers who stayed with the Americans in Slaughterhouse-Five.
I think it is, among other things, the loveliest, most delicate account of post-traumatic stress I've ever read ― like the water that simply runs from the eyes of Billy Pilgrim. -- Elizabeth ...
Character List Billy Pilgrim The central character of Slaughterhouse-Five.