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Slaughterhouse-Five is a classic satirical novel about the Second World War and a soldier's journey through time by Kurt Vonnegut.
Summary of the Book
Billy Pilgrim is a man out of time, a disoriented, fatalistic, and ill-trained American soldier who abhors fighting. Captured by the Germans during the Battle of Bulge, he barely escapes death and a series of events lands him in a disused slaughterhouse in Dresden. He survives the bombing of Dresden and reaches the United States after the war, receiving honorable discharge from service. He soon marries Valencia Merble, whose father owns the Ilium School of Optometry. Much later, on the wedding night of their daughter, Billy is abducted by aliens and whisked away to a planet billions of miles away from Earth called Tralfamadore where he meets a porn star, Montana Wildhack, and they have a child together. He is soon sent to relive moments from his past or future, and the events of those moments reshape history forever.
About Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut was an American writer of satire, dark humour and science fiction. He is best remembered for novels such as Cat's Cradle, Breakfast of Champions, and The Sirens of Titan.
A World War II Veteran, he was awarded a Purple Heart and his experiences as a prisoner of war greatly influenced his writing. The current title was adapted into a critically acclaimed 1972 major motion picture, winning a Hugo Award, and Saturn Award.