Slaughterhouse Five

Slaughterhouse Five Author Kurt Vonnegut
ISBN-10 9780440339069
Year 2009-08-11
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Dial Press
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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world’s great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Cat s Cradle

Cat s Cradle Author Kurt Vonnegut
ISBN-10 0307567273
Year 2009-11-04
Pages 304
Language en
Publisher Dial Press
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Cat’s Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet’s ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist, a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer, and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat’s Cradle is one of the twentieth century’s most important works—and Vonnegut at his very best. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Breakfast Of Champions

Breakfast Of Champions Author Kurt Vonnegut
ISBN-10 9781407054032
Year 2010-09-30
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Random House
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In a frolic of cartoon and comic outbursts against rule and reason, a miraculous weaving of science fiction, memoir, parable, fairy tale and farce, Kurt Vonnegut attacks the whole spectrum of American society, releasing some of his best-loved literary creations on the scene.

Summary and Analysis of Slaughterhouse Five

Summary and Analysis of Slaughterhouse Five Author Worth Books
ISBN-10 9781504044028
Year 2017-02-07
Pages 30
Language en
Publisher Open Road Media
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So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of Slaughterhouse-Five tells you what you need to know—before or after you read Kurt Vonnegut’s book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This short summary and analysis of Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut includes: Historical context Chapter-by-chapter summaries Analysis of the main characters Themes and symbols Important quotes Fascinating trivia Glossary of terms Supporting material to enhance your understanding of the original work About Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut: Kurt Vonnegut’s New York Times–bestselling novel is one of the twentieth century’s great anti-war novels. It tells the story of Billy Pilgrim, an American soldier in World War II, who survives the firebombing of Dresden. More than a satire of the effects of war, Slaughterhouse-Five is journey through space and time, challenging our perceptions of humanity, free will, and the universe itself. The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of fiction.

From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity Author James Jones
ISBN-10 9780141393230
Year 2013-09-05
Pages 704
Language en
Publisher Penguin UK
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'I'll never understand the fucking Army.' Prew won't conform. He could have been the best boxer and the best bugler in his division, but he chooses the life of a straight soldier in Hawaii under the fierce tutelage of Sergeant Milt Warden. When he refuses to box for his company for mysterious reasons, he is given 'The Treatment', a relentless campaign of physical and mental abuse. Meanwhile, Warden wages his own campaign against authority by seducing the Captain's wife Karen - just because he can. Both men are bound to the Army, even though it may destroy them. Published here in its uncensored, original version, From Here to Eternity is a raw, electrifying account of the soldier's life in the months leading up to Pearl Harbor-of men who are trained to fight the enemy, but cannot resist fighting each other.

Catch 22

Catch 22 Author Joseph Heller
ISBN-10 9781451632965
Year 2010-10-26
Pages 464
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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Fifty years after its original publication, Catch-22 remains a cornerstone of American lit-erature and one of the funniest—and most celebrated—novels of all time. In recent years it has been named to “best novels” lists by Time, Newsweek, the Modern Library, and the London Observer. Set in Italy during World War II, this is the story of the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy—it is his own army, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to excuse himself from the perilous missions he’s assigned, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes a formal request to be removed from duty, he is proven sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved. Since its publication in 1961, no novel has matched Catch-22’s intensity and brilliance in depicting the brutal insanity of war. This fiftieth-anniversary edition commemorates Joseph Heller’s masterpiece with a new introduction by Christopher Buckley; personal essays on the genesis of the novel by the author; a wealth of critical responses and reviews by Norman Mailer, Alfred Kazin, Anthony Burgess, and others; rare papers and photos from Joseph Heller’s personal archive; and a selection of advertisements from the original publishing campaign that helped turn Catch-22 into a cultural phenomenon. Here, at last, is the definitive edition of a classic of world literature.

The Brothers Vonnegut

The Brothers Vonnegut Author Ginger Strand
ISBN-10 9780374711542
Year 2015-11-17
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Worlds collide in this true story of weather control in the Cold War era and the making of Kurt Vonnegut In the mid-1950s, Kurt Vonnegut takes a job in the PR department at General Electric in Schenectady, where his older brother, Bernard, is a leading scientist in its research lab--or "House of Magic." Kurt has ambitions as a novelist, and Bernard is working on a series of cutting-edge weather-control experiments meant to make deserts bloom and farmers flourish. While Kurt writes zippy press releases, Bernard builds silver-iodide generators and attacks clouds with dry ice. His experiments attract the attention of the government; weather proved a decisive factor in World War II, and if the military can control the clouds, fog, and snow, they can fly more bombing missions. Maybe weather will even be the "New Super Weapon." But when the army takes charge of his cloud-seeding project (dubbed Project Cirrus), Bernard begins to have misgivings about the harmful uses of his inventions, not to mention the evidence that they are causing alarming changes in the atmosphere. In a fascinating cultural history, Ginger Strand chronicles the intersection of these brothers' lives at a time when the possibilities of science seemed infinite. As the Cold War looms, Bernard's struggle for integrity plays out in Kurt's evolving writing style. The Brothers Vonnegut reveals how science's ability to influence the natural world also influenced one of our most inventive novelists.

The Undeclared War between Journalism and Fiction

The Undeclared War between Journalism and Fiction Author D. Underwood
ISBN-10 9781137353481
Year 2013-09-25
Pages 250
Language en
Publisher Springer
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In this volume, Doug Underwood asks whether much of what is now called literary journalism is, in fact, 'literary,' and whether it should rank with the great novels by such journalist-literary figures as Twain, Cather, and Hemingway, who believed that fiction was the better place for a realistic writer to express the important truths of life.

My Name Is Salma

My Name Is Salma Author Fadia Faqir
ISBN-10 9781407068770
Year 2010-03-30
Pages 336
Language en
Publisher Random House
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When Salma becomes pregnant before marriage in her small village in the Levant, her innocent days playing the pipe for her goats are gone for ever. She is swept into prison for her own protection. To the sound of her screams, her newborn baby daughter is snatched away. In the middle of the most English of towns, Exeter, she learns good manners from her landlady, and settles down with an Englishman. But deep in her heart the cries of her baby daughter still echo. When she can bear them no longer, she goes back to her village to find her. It is a journey that will change everything - and nothing. Slipping back and forth between the olive groves of the Levant and the rain-slicked pavements of Exeter, My Name is Salma is a searing portrayal of a woman's courage in the face of insurmountable odds.

Book Life

Book Life Author
ISBN-10 9781631062971
Year 2017-03-15
Pages 208
Language en
Publisher Rock Point Gift & Stationery
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Keep a record of the books you love, the books you want to read, and so much more! Book Life: A Reader's Journal is filled with places for you to record everything about the books you read to help you remember them for years to come. The compact size is perfect for tucking into a bag or purse and taking along wherever your literary journey leads. Document your reading experiences using the blank templates in the Book Log section and create a wish list of books you'd like to read. You'll even find pages featuring places for booklovers to visit, including literary pilgrimages and iconic bookstores. Jot down passages that inspired you on the quotes page and keep track of the books you borrow and loan out. Book lists containing prize winning books and authors, including The Modern Library 100 best twentieth-century novels and nonfiction; the National Book Award for fiction and nonfiction; the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and nonfiction; the Man Booker Prize; the Nobel Prize in Literature; the New York Public Library's most borrowed books; Oprah's Book Club; Oprah's Book Club 2.0, will help you discover new reading materials to put on your wish list. This journal, beautifully illustrated by artist Lisa Perrin, is the perfect tool to keep your thoughts and titles organized and is a great keepsake to share with friends.

Sophie s Choice

Sophie s Choice Author William Clark Styron
ISBN-10 9781936317172
Year 2010-05-04
Pages 560
Language en
Publisher Open Road Media
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This award-winning novel of love, survival, and agonizing regret in post–WWII Brooklyn “belongs on that small shelf reserved for American masterpieces” (The Washington Post Book World). Winner of the National Book Award and a modern classic, Sophie’s Choice centers on three characters: Stingo, a sexually frustrated aspiring novelist; Nathan, his charismatic but violent Jewish neighbor; and Sophie, an Auschwitz survivor who is Nathan’s lover. Their entanglement in one another’s lives will build to a stirring revelation of agonizing secrets that will change them forever. Poetic in its execution, and epic in its emotional sweep, Sophie’s Choice explores the good and evil of humanity through Stingo’s burgeoning worldliness, Nathan’s volatile personality, and Sophie’s tragic past. Mixing elements from Styron’s own experience with themes of the Holocaust and the history of slavery in the American South, the novel is a profound and haunting human drama, representing Styron at the pinnacle of his literary brilliance. This ebook features an illustrated biography of William Styron, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Styron family and the Duke University Archives.

Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness Author Joseph Conrad
ISBN-10 9780679641247
Year 2000-10-31
Pages 176
Language en
Publisher Modern Library
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'Heart of Darkness,' which appeared at the very beginning of our century, 'was a Cassandra cry announcing the end of Victorian Europe, on the verge of transforming itself into the Europe of violence,' wrote the critic Czeslaw Milosz. Originally published in 1902, Heart of Darkness remains one of this century's most enduring--and harrowing--works of fiction. Written several years after Conrad's grueling sojourn in the Belgian Congo, the novel tells the story of Marlow, a seaman who undertakes his own journey into the African jungle to find the tormented white trader Kurtz. Rich in irony and spellbinding prose, Heart of Darkness is a complex meditation on colonialism, evil, and the thin line between civilization and barbarity. This edition contains selections from Conrad's Congo Diary of 1890--the first notes, in effect, for the novel which was composed at the end of that decade. Virginia Woolf wrote of Conrad, 'His books are full of moments of vision. They light up a whole character in a flash. . . . He could not write badly, one feels, to save his life.'

Deliverance

Deliverance Author James Dickey
ISBN-10 0307483703
Year 2008-11-19
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Delta
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The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the states most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Shakespeare

Shakespeare Author Bill Bryson
ISBN-10 9780062565167
Year 2016-04-26
Pages 224
Language en
Publisher HarperCollins
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Bill Bryson’s bestselling biography of William Shakespeare takes the reader on an enthralling tour through Elizabethan England and the eccentricities of Shakespearean scholarship—updated with a new introduction by the author to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself. His Shakespeare is like no one else's—the beneficiary of Bryson's genial nature, his engaging skepticism, and a gift for storytelling unrivaled in our time.