Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade(158 views)
Description: FIRST EDITION of one of the most influential works of twentieth-century American literature. Vonnegut ?deserves full canonical marks for this kaleidoscopic koan of a novel about Billy Pilgrim, a man who has ?become unstuck in time.? Pilgrim ricochets helplessly from decade to decade, living the episodes of his life in no particular sequence, not excluding his own death, his capture by aliens called Tralfamadorians, and his traumatic service in World War II, when he lives through the firebombing of Dresden. Slaughterhouse-Five is a cynical novel, but beneath the bitter, grim-jawed humor is a desperate, painfully honest attempt to confront the monstrous crimes of the 20th century? (Lev Grossman, Time Magazine?s 100 Best Novels, 1923-Present). ?Slaughterhouse-Five arrived in the bookstores in 1969. Amid the disenchantment surrounding the Vietnam War, this tale of the innocent but decidedly unheroic World War II GI, Billy Pilgrim, hit a nerve and soared to the top of the sales lists. Approaching fifty years of age, Vonnegut became a household name, a rumpled, cigarette-wielding prophet to the younger generation? (American National Biography). New York: Seymour Lawrence/ Delacorte Press, 1969. Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. Book near-fine with a hint of toning at edges; dust jacket bright and clean with (what appears to be) some white-out on verso, not visible from the outside.
Artist or Maker: VONNEGUT, KURT