Saturday, March 31, 1979

Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five published 10 years ago today

First posted 6/25/2020; updated 7/6/2020.


Kurt Vonnegut

First Publication: March 31, 1969

Category: science-fiction anti-war novel

Sales: ?

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About the Book:

Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death “is a science fiction-infused anti-war novel” WK “generally recognized as Vonnegut’s most influential and popular work.” WK

The book keys in on “the World War II experiences and journeys through time of Billy Pilgrim,” WK centering around the Allies’ infamous firebombing of Dresden and Pilgrim’s survival as a prisoner of war. “This was an event in Vonnegut's own life, and the novel is considered semi-autobiographical.” WK

The book deals with Pilgrim’s “time as an American soldier and chaplain’s assistant, to postwar and early years.” WK “Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most.” AZ

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