Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse-Five

ISBN 13: 9781491589892

Slaughterhouse-Five

4.07 avg rating
( 978,935 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781491589892: Slaughterhouse-Five
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Slaughterhouse-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.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

It took Vonnegut more than 20 years to put his Dresden experiences into words. He explained, "there is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre. Everybody is supposed to be dead, to never say anything or want anything ever again." Slaughterhouse Five is a powerful novel incorporating a number of genres. Only those who have fought in wars can say whether it represents the experience well. However, what the novel does do is invite the reader to look at the absurdity of war. Human versus human, hedonist politicians pressing buttons and ordering millions to their deaths all for ideologies many cannot even comprehend. Flicking between the US, 1940's Germany and Tralfamadore, Vonnegut's semi- autobiographical protagonist Billy Pilgrim finds himself very lost. One minute he is being viewed as a specimen in a Tralfamadorian Zoo, the next he is wandering a post-apocalyptic city looking for corpses. Slaughterhouse Five-Or The Children's Crusade A Duty-Dance with Death is a remarkable blend of black humour, irony, the truth and the absurd. The author regards his work a "failure", millions of readers do not. Released the same time bombs were falling on South East Asia, this title caused controversy and awakening. Essential reading for all. So it goes. --Jon Smith

Review:

"Marvellous...the writing is pungent, the antics uproarious, the wit as sharp as a hypodermic needle" (Daily Telegraph)

"A work of keen literary artistry" (Joseph Heller)

"The individuality of Vonnegut's style is a curious yet perfect match for the pain of the emotional content. A humane, human book that always remains a work of art rather than biography, no matter how apparent the author's presence" (Kate Atkinson)

"A laughing prophet of doom" (New York Times)

"Unique" (Doris Lessing)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

(No Available Copies)

Search Books:



Create a Want

If you know the book but cannot find it on AbeBooks, we can automatically search for it on your behalf as new inventory is added. If it is added to AbeBooks by one of our member booksellers, we will notify you!

Create a Want

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780385333849: Slaughterhouse-Five: Or the Children's Crusade, a Duty-Dance with Death (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0385333846 ISBN 13:  9780385333849
Publisher: Dial Press, 2009
Softcover

9781439501634: Slaughterhouse-five or the Children's Crusade: A Duty Dance With Death

The Fo..., 2008
Hardcover

9781784871345: Slaughterhouse 5 (Vintage Past)

Vintag..., 2016
Softcover

9780385312080: Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel (25th Anniversary) (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)

Delaco..., 1994
Hardcover

9780808514572: Slaughterhouse-Five

Turtle..., 1991
Hardcover