Slaughterhouse-Five (Novel) Book By Kurt Vonnegut (PDF-Book-Summary-Review-Online Reading-Download)

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Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death is a science fiction infused anti-war novel by Kurt Vonnegut, first published in 1969. It follows the life and experiences of Billy Pilgrim, from his early years until his time as an American soldier and chaplain's assistant during World War II, until the post-war period, with Billy occasionally traveling through time. The text focuses on the capture of Billy by the German army and his survival from Dresden's allied firebombs as a prisoner of war, an experience that Vonnegut himself lived through as an American military man. The work has been called an example of "unequaled moral clarity" and "one of the longest-running anti-war novels of all time.

Book Details
Originally published: March 31, 1969
Genres: Novel, Science Fiction, Satire, Metafiction, Dark comedy, Historical Fiction, War story, Time Travel Fiction

Book Summary
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 Best Novels of All Time, Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the best anti-war books in the world. Focused on the infamous Dresden firebomb, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the mythical journey of our own fractured lives as we search for the meaning of what we fear most.

Book Review
Slaughterhouse-Five is one of the best anti-war books in the world. Focused on the infamous Dresden fire blitz, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the mythical journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear to know.

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About The Author of The Book Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut, Junior was an American novelist, satirist, and most recently, graphic artist. He was recognized as New York State Author for 2001-2003.

He was born in Indianapolis, later the setting for many of his novels. He attended Cornell University from 1941 to 1943, where he wrote a column for the student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun. Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journalist before joining the U.S. Army and serving in World War II.

After the war, he attended the University of Chicago as a graduate student in anthropology and also worked as a police reporter at the City News Bureau of Chicago. He left Chicago to work in Schenectady, New York in public relations for General Electric. He attributed his unadorned writing style to his reporting work.

His experiences as an advance scout in the Battle of the Bulge, and in particular his witnessing of the bombing of Dresden, Germany whilst a prisoner of war, would inform much of his work. This event would also form the core of his most famous work, Slaughterhouse-Five, the book which would make him a millionaire. This acerbic 200-page book is what most people mean when they describe a work as "Vonnegutian" in scope.

Vonnegut was a self-proclaimed humanist and socialist (influenced by the style of Indiana's own Eugene V. Debs) and a lifelong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union.


The novelist is known for works blending satire, black comedy, and science fiction, such as Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), Cat's Cradle (1963), and Breakfast of Champions (1973).

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