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Slaughterhouse-Five. (McCormick's Quick Takes).

Slaughterhouse-Five (Dell, reprinted 1991). Kurt Vonnegut's darkly comic anti-war novel follows the fractured narrative of Billy Pilgrim, a middle-aged optometrist and former American POW who has become somewhat temporally and mentally "unstuck."

Cut loose from the fabric of time by his experience of the allied bombing of Dresden in World War II, Pilgrim flashes to different moments of his life and queries imaginary aliens about the meaning (or meaninglessness) of life.

In this meandering tale, Vonnegut suggests that Billy's wartime experience has uncovered the frailty of larger myths and narratives that hold our lives together and seem to give them meaning.
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Date:Jul 1, 2002
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