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Novel Summary Billy Pilgrim is unstuck in time and so is Slaughterhouse Five Novel follows Billys unhinged life If I write every hop skip and jump the summary would be as complicated as the book These are the basic facts of Pilgrims life they are shown in chronological order but are definitely not in the book Billy Pilgrim is born in 1922 and grows up in Ilium New York He is a funny-looking youth he does reasonably well in high school enrolls in night classes at the Ilium School of Optometry and is soon drafted into the army and the Second World War He serves as a chaplains assistant then is thrown into the Battle of the Bulge and almost immediately gets taken prisoner behind German lines Just before being captured though he becomes unstuck in time for the first time He sees all of his life in one sweep Billy is transported with other privates to the city of Dresden There the prisoners are made to work for their stay They are kept in a former slaughterhouse Allied forces bomb the city then drop gasoline to create a firestorm that sucks most of the oxygen into the blaze suffocating or burning 130000 people Billy and his fellow POWs survive in an airtight meat locker They emerge to find a moonscape of destruction Several days later Russian forces capture the city and Billys help in the war is over He returns to Ilium and finishes optometry school He gets engaged to the daughter of the founder of the school After a nervous breakdown for which he given shock treatment at a veterans hospital where he is also introduced to the science fiction of Kilgore Trout by a fellow patient Billy gets married His rich father-in-law sets him up in the optometry business Billy and his wife raise two children
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