Today we’re discussing Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
One of the world’s great antiwar books, centering on the infamous World War II firebombing of Dresden, it’s the result of what Vonnegut describes as a twenty-three-year struggle to write a book about what he witnessed as an American prisoner of war. It combines science fiction, autobiography, humour, historical fiction, and satire in an account of the life of Billy Pilgrim, a barber’s son turned draftee turned optometrist turned alien abductee. Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most.
In This Episode We Mention
Video clips of Kurt Vonnegut in Back to School
The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America by Matt Krach
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Can You Tell Me A Book You Would Also Like?
Nerd Words for Word Nerds
Alan: Heisenberg’s Uncertainly Principle (via Wikipedia) and the Quilted Universe
Many thanks to our online buds GMC Davis, Sindoyle, Christina, MindLandscape204, J Drosset, and Charlie Nellam for their comments.
Next month we’re reading The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. We’re looking forward to hearing what you think about it. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time to Read is a production of the Winnipeg Public Library. Our panel today included Alan Chorney, Dennis Penner, Erica Ball, and Trevor Lockhart. Kirsten will return in a future episode. Our webmaster is Arryn Seburn. Our social media guru is Reegan Breu. Audio production and music by Dennis Penner.