Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children’s Crusade
"And I say to Sam now: 'Sam-here's the book.' It's so
short and jumbled and jangled, Sam, because there is nothing intelligent
to say about a massacre. Everybody is supposed to be dead, to never say
anything or want anything ever again. Everything is supposed to be very
quiet after a massacre, and it always is, except for the birds. And what
do the birds say? All there is to say about a massacre, things like 'Poo-tee-weet?"
FIRST EDITION of one of the most influential works of
twentieth-century American literature.
Vonnegut “deserves full canonical marks for this
kaleidoscopic koan of a novel about Billy Pilgrim, a man who has ‘become
unstuck in time.’ Pilgrim ricochets helplessly from decade to decade,
living the episodes of his life in no particular sequence, not excluding
his own death, his capture by aliens called Tralfamadorians, and his
traumatic service in World War II, when he lives through the firebombing
of Dresden. Slaughterhouse-Five is a cynical novel, but beneath
the bitter, grim-jawed humor is a desperate, painfully honest attempt to
confront the monstrous crimes of the 20th century” (Lev Grossman,
Time Magazine’s 100 Best Novels, 1923-Present).
New York: Delacorte Press, (1969). Octavo, original
cloth, original dust jacket. Book fine, mild toning to dust jacket and
small hair-line scrape to front panel. $2000.