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This excellent book was written by Kurt Vonnegut and published in 1969 He experienced very heavy traumas Many people close to him were hurt by the Depression or killed tragically Almost all of the disasters in his books reflect his real life occurrences The only book that might stand the test of time is Slaughterhouse Five He became the spokesperson for a generation invited to many college campuses to speak in 60s Appeared in height of Vietnam War and caught many peoples attention He coined So it goes Not often one sees a novel radical and best seller but Slaughterhouse Five is exception The book that is very down to earth Promotes important values in a way that it is easy to understand By the end of the 70s nobody took him seriously Now people start again to take him seriously Dresden Germany is very important to Vonnegut because he was going towards there as a POW You neednt worry about bombs by the way Dresden is an open city and contains no war industries or troop concentrations of any importance But it was bombed and it is reported that 135000 people mainly civilians were killed in the firebombing Compare with Tokyo 84000 and 71000 in Hiroshima He argues that this dwarves all the other atrocities Vonnegut was there and experienced it Researched it not out of curiosity but of needing to know what happened that day Ie Who ordered the raid why etc Response was that the information was still top secret The book shows the difficulty of getting the story out and is based in Dresden Many of the POWs thought of the city Dresden as a great metropolis seeing a vast skyline with some even referring to it as Oz Vonneguts book appeared in the late 60s He said that it took so long for him to write it because he didnt know how to tell the story What
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