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Slaughterhouse-Five

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Slaughterhouse-Five

Or, the Children's Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death
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Billy Pilgrim, a traumatized American POW who survived the Dresden bombing during World War II, becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens. Under their watchful gaze, he must relive his life over and over again, coming at last to some understanding of the human comedy.

Both deeply funny and deadly serious, Slaughterhouse-Five became perhaps the signature antiwar novel of the 1960s, a cry of protest against brutality in the service of authority. Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the epic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.

Billy Pilgrim, a traumatized American POW who survived the Dresden bombing during World War II, becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens. Under their watchful gaze, he must relive his life over and over again, coming at last to some understanding of the human comedy.

Both deeply funny and deadly serious, Slaughterhouse-Five became perhaps the signature antiwar novel of the 1960s, a cry of protest against brutality in the service of authority. Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the epic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.

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  • KURT VONNEGUT (1922–2007) was a master of contemporary American literature. His black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America's attention in The Sirens of Titan in 1959 and established him as "a true artist" with Cat's Cradle in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene declared, "one of the best living American writers.”

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  • AudioFile Magazine Ethan Hawke's intimate reading of SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE breathes new life into this bravely constructed time-traveling tale. There's so much interesting stuff going on here--vivid characters, big ideas, absurdity, antiwar sentiment, pathos, and a whiff of existentialism--and it's all given narrative drive by Hawke's calming cadence and cozy tone. Whether you've read the book before or are just now discovering it, this audiobook is a wonderful introduction to Vonnegut and to a world where the joys of life may be buried on a distant planet. The production also includes an interview with Vonnegut and a selection of the late author reading a mesmerizing sequence. So it goes. R.W.S. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine
  • Boston Globe 'Poignant and hilarious, threaded with compassion and, behind everything, the cataract of a thundering moral statement.'
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