Slaughterhouse 5:The Children's Crusade A Duty-Dance WithDeath, Paperback Book

Slaughterhouse 5:The Children's Crusade A Duty-Dance WithDeath Paperback

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Prisoner of war, optometrist, time-traveller - these are the life roles of Billy Pilgrim, hero of this miraculously moving, bitter and funny story of innocence faced with apocalypse.

Slaughterhouse 5 is one of the world's great anti-war books.

Centring on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden in the Second World War, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.




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Short, but wonderful, a really interesting look at the futility of war.

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It's quite likely that I've missed something in Vonnegut's writing that others see clearly; I read this, one of his most famous, and wondered constantly what all the fuss was about.That said, I am glad that I spent the time reading it; I consider it an important first introduction to the terrors of the Dresden Firebombing that should weigh more heavily on British minds than it seems to do.

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Very little of this book has stuck, except that it was easy to read and mildly amusing. It's a short book that dodges around time with Billy Pilgrim, and moves him between Dresden, the USA and the planet Tralfalmadore. In truth, I thought Vonnegut's first chapter, on the process of writing about Dresden, the most interesting, the rest was a dated, 'little green men' story, inter-cut with a prisoner of war story. The only character who made an impression was the failed author Kilgore Trout - I liked him.

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Just not a story I could get into. Vonnegut's smug, self-aware was quite annoying and his disjointed tale, when it got going, was simply disappointing.

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We did this book in our recent bookclub and I loved the style of the writing and being flung forwards and backwards Billy's time ... but I struggled pulling together the numerous threads and incidents, and think its a book that needs to be read slowly, or studied, in order to appreciate its 'greatness'.

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