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Slaughter House Five (Modern Library 100 Best Novels) Mass Market Paperback – 3 Nov 1991

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group (3 Nov. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440180295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440180296
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 1.5 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 576 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 505,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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“Poignant and hilarious, threaded with compassion and, behind everything, the cataract of a thundering moral statement.”—"Boston Globe
"Very tough and very funny . . . sad and delightful . . . very Vonnegut.”—"New York Times
"“Splendid art . . . a funny book at which you are not permitted to laugh, a sad book without tears.”—"Life
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Poignant and hilarious, threaded with compassion and, behind everything, the cataract of a thundering moral statement. Boston Globe
Very tough and very funny . . . sad and delightful . . . very Vonnegut. New York Times
Splendid art . . . a funny book at which you are not permitted to laugh, a sad book without tears. Life
"

"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."--The New York Times

"Splendid art . . . a funny book at which you are not permitted to laugh, a sad book without tears."--Life

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