Slaughterhouse-five ; the children's crusade by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
New York : Delacorte Press, 1969. Seventh printing. Hardcover. 186 pages ; 21 cm. Price-clipped dust jacket. Very good copy; no underlines or markings within the pages. Satisfaction guaranteed!
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Kurt Vonnegut's long-awaited war novel proves to be a miracle of compression. It is a contemporary Pilgrim's Progress, with the hero named, curiously enough, Billy Pilgrim. He is the son of an American barber. He serves as a chaplain's assistant in the Second World War, is captured by the Germans, survives the largest massacre in European history, the firebombing of Dresden.
( Vonnegut, too, was a prisoner of war and saw that firestorm. )
Billy Pilgrim becomes an optometrist after the war, makes a great deal of money, is kidnapped by a flying saucer from the planet Tralfamadore on his daughter's wedding night. He is mated in public in a zoo on that planet—to a star of many Earthling blue movies, the gorgeous Montana Wildhack.
And so on.
speaks to the young generation. Once mistakenly typed as a science-fiction writer, he is now recognized as a mainstream storyteller often fascinated by the tragic and comic possibilities of machines. His books are widely used in college courses and the groundswell of his present popularity began on college campuses, where he is in great demand as a speaker.
Mr. Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis in 1922 and attended Cornell University, Carnegie Institute of Technology, and the Universities of Tennessee and Chicago. His novels include Player Piano, The Sirens of Titan, Mother Night, Cat's Cradle, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, and a recent collection of stories and essays, Welcome to the Monkey House.
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