Slaughterhouse Five Book
Score: 4
From 1,523 Ratings

Slaughterhouse Five


  • Author : Kurt Vonnegut
  • Publisher : Dial Press Trade Paperback
  • Release Date : 1999-01-12
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385333849

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Slaughterhouse Five Excerpt :

A special fiftieth anniversary edition of Kurt Vonnegut’s masterpiece, “a desperate, painfully honest attempt to confront the monstrous crimes of the twentieth century” (Time), featuring a new introduction by Kevin Powers, author of the National Book Award finalist The Yellow Birds Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world’s great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous World War II firebombing of Dresden, the novel is the result of what Kurt Vonnegut described as a twenty-three-year struggle to write a book about what he had witnessed as an American prisoner of war. It combines historical fiction, science fiction, autobiography, and satire in an account of the life of Billy Pilgrim, a barber’s son turned draftee turned optometrist turned alien abductee. As Vonnegut had, Billy experiences the destruction of Dresden as a POW. Unlike Vonnegut, he experiences time travel, or coming “unstuck in time.” An instant bestseller, Slaughterhouse-Five made Kurt Vonnegut a cult hero in American literature, a reputation that only strengthened over time, despite his being banned and censored by some libraries and schools for content and language. But it was precisely those elements of Vonnegut’s writing—the political edginess, the genre-bending inventiveness, the frank violence, the transgressive wit—that have inspired generations of readers not just to look differently at the world around them but to find the confidence to say something about it. Authors as wide-ranging as Norman Mailer, John Irving, Michael Crichton, Tim O’Brien, Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth Strout, David Sedaris, Jennifer Egan, and J. K. Rowling have all found inspiration in Vonnegut’s words. Jonathan Safran Foer has described Vonnegut as “the kind of writer who made people—young people especially—want to write.” George Saunders has declared Vonnegut to be “the great, urgent, passionate

Slaughterhouse Five Or the Children s Crusade Book
Score: 4
From 27 Ratings

Slaughterhouse Five Or the Children s Crusade


  • Author : Kurt Vonnegut
  • Publisher : Dell Publishing Company
  • Release Date : 1991
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 215
  • ISBN 10 : 9780440180296

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Slaughterhouse Five Or the Children s Crusade Excerpt :

Billy Pilgrim survives capture by the Gemans in World War II, the Dresden bombings, and the struggle for financial success only to be kidnapped in a flying saucer and taken to the planet Tralfamadore.

The Writer s Crusade Book

The Writer s Crusade


  • Author : Tom Roston
  • Publisher : Abrams
  • Release Date : 2021-11-09
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781683359241

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The Writer s Crusade Excerpt :

The story of Kurt Vonnegut and Slaughterhouse-Five, an enduring masterpiece on trauma and memory Kurt Vonnegut was twenty years old when he enlisted in the United States Army. Less than two years later, he was captured by the Germans in the single deadliest US engagement of the war, the Battle of the Bulge. He was taken to a POW camp, then transferred to a work camp near Dresden, and held in a slaughterhouse called Schlachthof Fünf where he survived the horrific firebombing that killed thousands and destroyed the city. To the millions of fans of Vonnegut’s great novel Slaughterhouse-Five, these details are familiar. They’re told by the book’s author/narrator, and experienced by his enduring character Billy Pilgrim, a war veteran who “has come unstuck in time.” Writing during the tumultuous days of the Vietnam conflict, with the novel, Vonnegut had, after more than two decades of struggle, taken trauma and created a work of art, one that still resonates today. In The Writer’s Crusade, author Tom Roston examines the connection between Vonnegut’s life and Slaughterhouse-Five. Did Vonnegut suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? Did Billy Pilgrim? Roston probes Vonnegut’s work, his personal history, and discarded drafts of the novel, as well as original interviews with the writer’s family, friends, scholars, psychologists, and other novelists including Karl Marlantes, Kevin Powers, and Tim O’Brien. The Writer’s Crusade is a literary and biographical journey that asks fundamental questions about trauma, creativity, and the power of storytelling.

The Yellow Birds Book
Score: 3.5
From 107 Ratings

The Yellow Birds


  • Author : Kevin Powers
  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Release Date : 2012-09-11
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780316219358

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The Yellow Birds Excerpt :

Finalist for the National Book Award, The Yellow Birds is the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive in Iraq "The war tried to kill us in the spring." So begins this powerful account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. Bound together since basic training when Bartle makes a promise to bring Murphy safely home, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for. In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger. As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare, Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes actions he could never have imagined. With profound emotional insight, especially into the effects of a hidden war on mothers and families at home, The Yellow Birds is a groundbreaking novel that is destined to become a classic.

Rise Of The Black Panther Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Rise Of The Black Panther


  • Author : Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Publisher : Marvel Entertainment
  • Release Date : 2018-08-01
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Pages : 136
  • ISBN 10 : 9781302505349

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Rise Of The Black Panther Excerpt :

Collecting Rise Of The Black Panther #1-6. The secret origin of T’Challa, the Black Panther! Wakanda has always kept itself isolated from Western society, but that’s about to change. Young T’Challa knows he’s destined to become king, but when his father is murdered by outsiders, he finds himself taking up a mantle he may not be ready for. Experience the troubled reign of King T’Chaka! Discover the mother T’Challa never knew! And see how the world first learns of the wondrous nation of Wakanda — including Namor, King of Atlantis; the Winter Soldier; and the ruler of Latveria, Doctor Doom! Plus: As Erik Killmonger makes a devastating move, a missing chapter of T’Challa and Storm’s lifelong romance comes to light — and the Black Panther must decide his unique role in a world full of super heroes!

Slaughterhouse Five Book
Score: 4
From 66 Ratings

Slaughterhouse Five


  • Author : Kurt Vonnegut
  • Publisher : Dial Press
  • Release Date : 2009-08-11
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780440339069

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Slaughterhouse Five Excerpt :

A special fiftieth anniversary edition of Kurt Vonnegut’s masterpiece, “a desperate, painfully honest attempt to confront the monstrous crimes of the twentieth century” (Time), featuring a new introduction by Kevin Powers, author of the National Book Award finalist The Yellow Birds Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world’s great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous World War II firebombing of Dresden, the novel is the result of what Kurt Vonnegut described as a twenty-three-year struggle to write a book about what he had witnessed as an American prisoner of war. It combines historical fiction, science fiction, autobiography, and satire in an account of the life of Billy Pilgrim, a barber’s son turned draftee turned optometrist turned alien abductee. As Vonnegut had, Billy experiences the destruction of Dresden as a POW. Unlike Vonnegut, he experiences time travel, or coming “unstuck in time.” An instant bestseller, Slaughterhouse-Five made Kurt Vonnegut a cult hero in American literature, a reputation that only strengthened over time, despite his being banned and censored by some libraries and schools for content and language. But it was precisely those elements of Vonnegut’s writing—the political edginess, the genre-bending inventiveness, the frank violence, the transgressive wit—that have inspired generations of readers not just to look differently at the world around them but to find the confidence to say something about it. Authors as wide-ranging as Norman Mailer, John Irving, Michael Crichton, Tim O’Brien, Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth Strout, David Sedaris, Jennifer Egan, and J. K. Rowling have all found inspiration in Vonnegut’s words. Jonathan Safran Foer has described Vonnegut as “the kind of writer who made people—young people especially—want to write.” George Saunders has declared Vonnegut to be “the great, urgent, passionate

Slaughterhouse Five  MAXNotes Literature Guides  Book

Slaughterhouse Five MAXNotes Literature Guides


  • Author : Tonnvane Wiswell
  • Publisher : Research & Education Assoc.
  • Release Date : 2015-04-24
  • Genre: Study Aids
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN 10 : 0738673420

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Slaughterhouse Five MAXNotes Literature Guides Excerpt :

REA's MAXnotes for Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s Slaughterhouse-Five MAXnotes offer a fresh look at masterpieces of literature, presented in a lively and interesting fashion. Written by literary experts who currently teach the subject, MAXnotes will enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the work. MAXnotes are designed to stimulate independent thought about the literary work by raising various issues and thought-provoking ideas and questions. MAXnotes cover the essentials of what one should know about each work, including an overall summary, character lists, an explanation and discussion of the plot, the work's historical context, illustrations to convey the mood of the work, and a biography of the author. Each section of the work is individually summarized and analyzed, and has study questions and answers.

Kurt Vonnegut s Slaughterhouse five Book

Kurt Vonnegut s Slaughterhouse five


  • Author : Harold Bloom
  • Publisher : Infobase Publishing
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781438128740

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Kurt Vonnegut s Slaughterhouse five Excerpt :

Presents a collection of critical essays about Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-five.

Catch 22 Book
Score: 4
From 332 Ratings

Catch 22


  • Author : Joseph Heller
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 1999-10-05
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 415
  • ISBN 10 : 9780684865133

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Catch 22 Excerpt :

Presents the contemporary classic depicting the struggles of a U.S. airman attempting to survive the lunacy and depravity of a World War II base

Shadows of Slaughterhouse Five Book

Shadows of Slaughterhouse Five


  • Author : Ervin E. Szpek, Jr.
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Release Date : 2008
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 672
  • ISBN 10 : 9781440105678

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Shadows of Slaughterhouse Five Excerpt :

Shadows of Slaughterhouse Five chronicles the story of 150 American POWs captured in the Battle of the Bulge and eventually caught up in one of the greatest tragedies of World War II---the firebombing of Dresden. This collection includes oral histories, previously unpublished memoirs, and letters from home and from the front that together tell their compelling story in their own words. From simple hometown beginnings through the awakenings of military life in basic training, from assignment on the supposed "quiet zone" in Belgium to the unexpected Battle of the Bulge, from forced march and entrainment to eventual assignment on work details in Dresden --- the "Florence of the Elbe," to the inferno of Dresden on February 13-14, 1945, and the gruesome work details to follow, the individual and collective recollections and reflections of these 150 young men, the men housed in the famed Slaughterhouse Five, reveal a very personal side of war and the struggle for survival. Yet repatriation did not bring closure to this chapter of their young lives for like shadows their memories would forever be part of them. Today more than sixty years after the firebombing of Dresden, the statue of a steer wishing health and happiness to the citizens of Dresden still stands at the entrance to the public slaughterhouse, a silent witness to the maelstrom that descended upon Dresden and this group of 150 American POWs housed within, Now after more than 60 years of silence for most of these men, Kurt Vonnegut's fellow POWs tell their story of Slaughterhouse Five, in their words as they saw it --- dog face young soldiers assured that the war was soon to be over!

Kurt Vonnegut s Slaughterhouse five Book

Kurt Vonnegut s Slaughterhouse five


  • Author : Harold Bloom
  • Publisher : Infobase Publishing
  • Release Date : 2007-01-01
  • Genre: Science fiction
  • Pages : 114
  • ISBN 10 : 9781438127095

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Kurt Vonnegut s Slaughterhouse five Excerpt :

Discusses the characters, plot and writing of Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut. Includes critical essays on the novel and a brief biography of the author.

Kurt Vonnegut s Slaughterhouse five Book

Kurt Vonnegut s Slaughterhouse five


  • Author : William Bly
  • Publisher : Barrons Educational Series Incorporated
  • Release Date : 1985
  • Genre: Study Aids
  • Pages : 126
  • ISBN 10 : 0764191233

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Kurt Vonnegut s Slaughterhouse five Excerpt :

A guide to reading "Slaughterhouse Five" with a critical and appreciative mind encouraging analysis of plot, style, form, and structure. Also includes background on the author's life and times, sample tests, term paper suggestions, and a reading list.

Kurt Vonnegut s Slaugherhouse Five Book

Kurt Vonnegut s Slaugherhouse Five


  • Author : Curtis Smith
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2016-03-15
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 184
  • ISBN 10 : 1632460114

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Kurt Vonnegut s Slaugherhouse Five Excerpt :

Curtis Smith writes about how Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five "influenced him as an author.

Slaughterhouse five Book

Slaughterhouse five


  • Author : Jerome Klinkowitz
  • Publisher : Twayne Pub
  • Release Date : 1990
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105034351283

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Slaughterhouse five Excerpt :

Describes the background of Slaughterhouse-Five, discusses its themes, and looks at its critical reception

The Depiction of War in the Novels  Slaughterhouse Five  and  A Farewell to Arms  Book

The Depiction of War in the Novels Slaughterhouse Five and A Farewell to Arms


  • Author : Uwe Mehlbaum
  • Publisher : GRIN Verlag
  • Release Date : 2009-12
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9783640496365

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The Depiction of War in the Novels Slaughterhouse Five and A Farewell to Arms Excerpt :

Essay from the year 2006 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, University of Bayreuth (Lehrstuhl fur Amerikanistik), course: PS Representations of War in American Culture, language: English, abstract: The two novels A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway and Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut have a lot in common at first sight. Both are books about wars in Europe written by American authors, and although the protagonists in both novels experience things that are partly very similar to their authors' experiences, none of the novels is an autobiography, e.g. Hemingway's story ends about two months before he went to Europe (Cooper, 33). Both of the novels deal not only with war stories but roam around other genres, be it a science fiction story in Vonnegut's case or a love story in Hemingway's. Both authors had direct and severe experiences with war. Despite of all similarities we also find very big differences in the depiction of war and the way the two authors cope with their shocking experiences. Both of the authors use a very own and subjective depiction of war in their novels and we find big differences in the way they describe war. This essay will take a closer look on how the two novels depict war in different ways and the messages that we can draw from their works."