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Slaughterhouse-five, or the children's crusade: a duty-dance with death
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Published:
"This title file contains various publishers and dates"
Format:
Book
Physical Desc:
pages cm.
Accelerated Reader:
IL: UG - BL: 6 - AR Pts: 8
Lexile measure:
850L
Status:
11 copies, 1 person is on the wait list.
Description
A special fiftieth anniversary edition of Kurt Vonnegut's masterpiece, "a desperate, painfully honest attempt to confront the monstrous crimes of the twentieth century" ( Time ), featuring a new introduction by Kevin Powers, author of the National Book Award finalist The Yellow Birds 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." 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. "Poignant and hilarious, threaded with compassion and, behind everything, the cataract of a thundering moral statement." --The Boston Globe
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Language:
English
ISBN:
9780385333849 (pbk.) :, 0440180295 (pbk.-MM) :, 9780440180296 (pbk.-mm Dell):, 9780385333849 (pbk./Dial) :
Accelerated Reader:
UG
Level 6, 8 Points
Lexile measure:
850

Notes

Description
Billy Pilgrim returns home from the Second World War only to be kidnapped by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore, who teach him that time is an eternal present. "A fourth-generation German-American now living in easy circumstances on Cape Cod (and smoking too much), who, as an American infantry scout hors de combat, as a prisoner of war, witnessed the fire-bombing of Dresden, Germany, "The Florence of the Elbe," a long time ago, and survived to tell the tale. This is a novel somewhat in the telegraphic schizophrenic manner of tales of the planet Tralfamadore, where the flying saucers come from. Peace."
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APA Citation (style guide)

Vonnegut, K. Slaughterhouse-five, or the children's crusade: a duty-dance with death. "This title file contains various publishers and dates".

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-five, or the Children's Crusade: A Duty-dance With Death. "This title file contains various publishers and dates".

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Vonnegut, Kurt, Slaughterhouse-five, or the Children's Crusade: A Duty-dance With Death. "This title file contains various publishers and dates".

MLA Citation (style guide)

Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-five, or the Children's Crusade: A Duty-dance With Death. "This title file contains various publishers and dates", Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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