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Slaughterhouse-Five: or, The Children's Crusade by  Kurt Vonnegut - First Edition - 1969 - from B & B Rare Books, Ltd., ABAA (SKU: KV042)

Slaughterhouse-Five: or, The Children's Crusade

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Slaughterhouse-Five: or, The Children's Crusade

by Vonnegut, Kurt

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New York: Delacorte Press, 1969 First edition, first printing, advance review copy with publisher's review slip affixed to front endpaper. Publisher's turquoise cloth, stamped in gilt to front board with author's facsimile signature, lettered in gilt and metallic red to spine, black endpapers; in the original dust jacket designed by Paul Bacon, lettered in black, red, and bright blue, photograph of Vonnegut by Bossi to rear panel. Very good, reviewer's pencil notes to the first blank; in an unclipped dust jacket with some toning and creasing to spine, one small tear to the upper front panel, else very good. Perhaps Vonnegut's best-known novel, Slaughterhouse-Five tells the story of Billy Pilgrim's experience as an American soldier in Europe during World War II. The plot centers on the Allied bombing of Dresden, Germany, in 1945, an event Vonnegut experienced himself during the war. A combination of historic and science fiction, Slaughterhouse-Five also features the fictional planet Tralfamadore, where Pilgrim, a man who is "unstuck in time" and involuntarily traveling between time and space, is taken captive after his daughter's wedding. As the The New York Times wrote in its 1969 review, "It sounds crazy. It sounds like a fantastic last-ditch effort to make sense of a lunatic universe. But there is so much more to this book. It is very tough and very funny; it is sad and delightful; and it works.". First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Dust Jacket Included.

Synopsis

Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death is a satirical novel by Kurt Vonnegut and is generally recognized as his most influential and popular work. Set around World War II, the novels tells of the story of Billy Pilgrim, a chaplain’s assistant, and his experiences and journeys through time. Billy sees when, how, and why he will die, resulting in his becoming fatalistic. The refrain “so it goes” is used when death, dying, and mortality occur and it appears in the book 106 times. Additionally, the novel can be read as semi-autobiographical: Vonnegut was present during the firebombing of Dresden, a central event in the novel. Shortly after publication, Slaughterhouse-Five was nominated for two best novel recognitions, a Nebula Award and a Hugo Award, though it lost both to Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness. The Modern Library ranked Slaughterhouse-Five eighteenth on its list of the “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century in 1998. It is also listed in TIME’s “100 Best Novels” (since 1923). However, mainly due to its irreverent tone and obscene content, Slaughterhouse-Five has been the subject of many attempts at censorship. The novel treats one of the most horrific massacres in European history—the firebombing of Dresden—with mock-serious humor and clear antiwar sentiment. It also depicts sexuality to a revolutionary extent as one of the first literary acknowledgments that homosexual men, referred to in the novel as “fairies,” were among the victims of the Nazi Holocaust. Thus, Slaughterhouse-Five is listed in the American Library Association's list of the “Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–1999” as well as the ALA's “Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2000–2009.”  The novel has been adapted more than a handful of times, most notably a film adaptation by the same name made in 1972. Although the film did poorly in the box office, it was critically praised, winning the Prix du Jury at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival.

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On Oct 9 2010, jarrod said:
I very much enjoyed this novel. It was my first Vonnegut book, and have since ordered others.I felt it a very well written novel, with a great story, however made a horrible movie.

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Seller
B & B Rare Books, Ltd., ABAA US (US)
Seller Inventory #
KV042
Title
Slaughterhouse-Five: or, The Children's Crusade
Author
Vonnegut, Kurt
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Very Good
Jacket condition
Dust Jacket Included
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
New York: Delacorte Press
Date published
1969
Bookseller catalogs
20th Century Literature; Modern Firsts; American Literature; Fiction;

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