Slaughterhouse-five

Or, The Children's Crusade, a Duty-dance with Death

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Publisher: Dial Press

ISBN: 0385333846

Category: Fiction

Page: 275

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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

Slaughterhouse-Five

A Novel

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Publisher: Dial Press

ISBN: 0440339065

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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“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 Vonnegut describes as a twenty-three-year struggle to write a book about what he himself witnessed as an American POW. It combines science fiction, autobiography, humor, historical fiction, and satire in an account of the life of Billy Pilgrim, a barber’s son turned draftee turned optometrist turned alien abductee. Billy, like Vonnegut, experiences the destruction of Dresden as a POW, and, as with Vonnegut, it is the defining moment of his life. Unlike the author, he also experiences time travel, or coming “unstuck in time.” Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most. Praise for Slaughterhouse-Five “Poignant and hilarious, threaded with compassion and, behind everything, the cataract of a thundering moral statement.”—The Boston Globe “Very tough and very funny . . . sad and delightful . . . very Vonnegut.”—New York Times “Splendid . . . a funny book at which you are not permitted to laugh, a sad book without tears.”—Life “Funny, satirical, compelling, outrageous, fanciful, mordant, fecund . . . ‘It’s too good to be science fiction,’ [the critics] would say. But Vonnegut doesn’t care, and you won’t care, either, because this is a writer who leaps over genres.”—Los Angeles Times

Kurt Vonnegut's Slaugherhouse-Five

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Author: Curtis Smith

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781632460110

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Page: 184

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Curtis Smith writes about how Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five "influenced him as an author.

Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut

Author: Leonard Mustazza

Publisher: Salem PressInc

ISBN: 9781587657214

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 358

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Collects critical essays on Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five," including selections by Kevin Alexander Boon, C. Barry Chabot, Leonard Mustazza, and others; and includes a chronology of the life of the author.

Slaughterhouse-Five

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Publisher: Turtleback Books

ISBN: 9780613647885

Category: Fiction

Page: 275

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The story of Billy Pilgrim, who was a soldier in Dresden when it was fire bombed, a survivor of an airplane crash, a dentist, and a time traveler.

Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-five

Author: Harold Bloom,Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438128746

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Page: 192

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Presents a collection of critical essays about Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-five.

The Sirens of Titan

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperbacks

ISBN: 0385333498

Category: Fiction

Page: 326

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America's wealthiest man succumbs to the irresistible charms of a lunar siren.

Slaughterhouse-Five

A Duty-Dance with Death

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Publisher: Turtleback Books

ISBN: 9780808514572

Category: Fiction

Page: 215

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Billy Pilgrim survives capture by the Germans in World War II, the Dresden bombings, and more, only to be kidnapped in a flying saucer and taken to the planet Tralfamadore.

Johnny Got His Gun

Author: Dalton Trumbo

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.

ISBN: 0806537604

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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The Searing Portrayal Of War That Has Stunned And Galvanized Generations Of Readers An immediate bestseller upon its original publication in 1939, Dalton Trumbo’s stark, profoundly troubling masterpiece about the horrors of World War I brilliantly crystallized the uncompromising brutality of war and became the most influential protest novel of the Vietnam era. Johnny Got His Gun is an undisputed classic of antiwar literature that’s as timely as ever. “A terrifying book, of an extraordinary emotional intensity.”--The Washington Post "Powerful. . . an eye-opener." --Michael Moore "Mr. Trumbo sets this story down almost without pause or punctuation and with a fury amounting to eloquence."--The New York Times "A book that can never be forgotten by anyone who reads it."--Saturday Review

Constructing Slaughterhouse-Five

Author: Marc Regler

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3638644820

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Page: 60

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Seminar paper from the year 2003 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 2,3 (B), University of Stuttgart (American Studies), course: Postmodern Fiction, 13 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Constructing Slaughterhouse-Five is a close reading of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five. It puts a special focus on the aspects of time and temporal structure in relation to the novel form and its narrative structure in relation to the protagonist Billy Pilgrim's personal trauma, his war experience and his time travelling in relation to the alternative model of time of the Tralfamadorians. Thus, it concentrates on the postmodernist criticism of an uncritical believe in linear time, teleology and progression as also represented in the form of linear narratives.

Slaughterhouse 5

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0099800209

Category: Fiction

Page: 157

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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.

Armageddon in Retrospect

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101207796

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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The New York Times bestseller-a "gripping" posthumous collection of previously unpublished work by Kurt Vonnegut on the subject of war. A fitting tribute to a literary legend and a profoundly humane humorist, Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of twelve previously unpublished writings on war and peace. Imbued with Vonnegut's trademark rueful humor and outraged moral sense, the pieces range from a letter written by Vonnegut to his family in 1945, informing them that he'd been taken prisoner by the Germans, to his last speech, delivered after his death by his son Mark, who provides a warmly personal introduction to the collection. Taken together, these pieces provide fresh insight into Vonnegut's enduring literary genius and reinforce his ongoing moral relevance in today's world. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Pride and Prejudice (Vintage Classics Austen Series)

Author: Jane Austen

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473513685

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH The Vintage Classics Austen series is designed by the writer and illustrator Leanne Shapton and introduced by some of our finest contemporary writers and Austen fans: Alexander McCall Smith, Lynne Truss, Amanda Vickery, Francesca Segal, P.D. James and Andrew Motion. 'The best-loved book by our best-loved novelist' Independent Elizabeth Bennet is young, clever and attractive, but her mother is a nightmare and she and her four sisters are in dire need of financial security and escape in the shape of husbands. The arrival of the affable Mr Bingley and arrogant Mr Darcy in the neighbourhoos, both single and in possession of large fortunes, turns all their lives upside down in this witty drama of friendship, rivalry, enmity and love.

Bluebeard

A Novel

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Publisher: Dial Press

ISBN: 9780307567208

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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“Ranks with Vonnegut’s best and goes one step beyond . . . joyous, soaring fiction.”—The Atlanta Journal and Constitution Broad humor and bitter irony collide in this fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, who, at age seventy-one, wants to be left alone on his Long Island estate with the secret he has locked inside his potato barn. But then a voluptuous young widow badgers Rabo into telling his life story—and Vonnegut in turn tells us the plain, heart-hammering truth about man’s careless fancy to create or destroy what he loves. Praise for Bluebeard “Vonnegut is at his edifying best.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer “The quicksilver mind of Vonnegut is at it again. . . . He displays all his talents—satire, irony, ridicule, slapstick, and even a shaggy dog story of epic proportions.”—The Cincinnati Post “[Kurt Vonnegut is] a voice you can trust to keep poking holes in the social fabric.”—San Francisco Chronicle “It has the qualities of classic Bosch and Slaughterhouse Vonnegut. . . . Bluebeard is uncommonly feisty.”—USA Today “Is Bluebeard good? Yes! . . . This is vintage Vonnegut—good wine from his best grapes.”—The Detroit News “A joyride . . . Vonnegut is more fascinated and puzzled than angered by the human stupidities and contradictions he discerns so keenly. So hop in his rumble seat. As you whiz along, what you observe may provide some new perspectives.”—Kansas City Star

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

A Novel

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Publisher: Dial Press

ISBN: 9780307422972

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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“[Vonnegut] at his wildest best.”—The New York Times Book Review Eliot Rosewater—drunk, volunteer fireman, and President of the fabulously rich Rosewater Foundation—is about to attempt a noble experiment with human nature . . . with a little help from writer Kilgore Trout. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater is Kurt Vonnegut’s funniest satire, an etched-in-acid portrayal of the greed, hypocrisy, and follies of the flesh we are all heir to. “A brilliantly funny satire on almost everything.”—Conrad Aiken “[Vonnegut was] our finest black humorist. . . . We laugh in self-defense.”—The Atlantic Monthly

Shadows of Slaughterhouse Five

Reflections and Recollections of the American Ex-POWs of Schlachthof Fünf, Dresden, Germany

Author: Ervin E. Szpek, Jr.,Frank J. Idzikowski

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1440105677

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 672

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Shadows of Slaughterhouse Five chronicles the story of 150 American POWs captured in the Battle of the Bulge and eventually caught up in one of the greatest tragedies of World War II---the firebombing of Dresden. This collection includes oral histories, previously unpublished memoirs, and letters from home and from the front that together tell their compelling story in their own words. From simple hometown beginnings through the awakenings of military life in basic training, from assignment on the supposed "quiet zone" in Belgium to the unexpected Battle of the Bulge, from forced march and entrainment to eventual assignment on work details in Dresden --- the "Florence of the Elbe," to the inferno of Dresden on February 13-14, 1945, and the gruesome work details to follow, the individual and collective recollections and reflections of these 150 young men, the men housed in the famed Slaughterhouse Five, reveal a very personal side of war and the struggle for survival. Yet repatriation did not bring closure to this chapter of their young lives for like shadows their memories would forever be part of them. Today more than sixty years after the firebombing of Dresden, the statue of a steer wishing health and happiness to the citizens of Dresden still stands at the entrance to the public slaughterhouse, a silent witness to the maelstrom that descended upon Dresden and this group of 150 American POWs housed within, Now after more than 60 years of silence for most of these men, Kurt Vonnegut's fellow POWs tell their story of Slaughterhouse Five, in their words as they saw it --- dog face young soldiers assured that the war was soon to be over!

Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations Set, 96-Volumes

Author: Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom

Publisher: Chelsea House Publications

ISBN: 9780791099827

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Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations presents a selection of the best current criticism on the most widely read and studied poems, novels, and dramas of the Western world, from timeless classics like Oedipus Rex and The Iliad to such modern and contemporary works as Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea and Gabriel García Márquez's Love in the Time of Cholera.

Each title features:
  • Critical essays reflecting a variety of schools of criticism
  • Notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life, and an index
  • An introductory essay by Harold Bloom.