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Chaos Reading Bookclub > BONUS MATERIAL: Slaughterhouse-Five

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message 1: by Ruby , Mistress of Chaos (new) - rated it 4 stars

Ruby  Tombstone Lives! (rubytombstone) | 3260 comments Mod
As I was putting together the info for the Group Read of Slaughterhouse-Five, I came across some seriously interesting bits and pieces that i thought would make great background for people reading the book. I'll post it here as bonus material in a closed thread, so we don't have too many discussions going on at once.

To clarify, this is the thread for bonus material.
The details, dates etc are in this DETAILS thread: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/9...
The group discussion thread won't be open until June 30 2012.

Happy reading!


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Ruby  Tombstone Lives! (rubytombstone) | 3260 comments Mod
From the (excellent) Letters of Note site:
In December of 1944, whilst behind enemy lines during the Rhineland Campaign, 22-year-old Private Kurt Vonnegut was captured by Wehrmacht troops and subsequently became a prisoner of war. A month later, Vonnegut and his fellow PoWs reached a Dresden work camp where they were imprisoned in an underground slaughterhouse known by German soldiers as "Schlachthof Fünf" (Slaughterhouse Five). The next month — February — the subterranean nature of the prison saved their lives during the highly controversial and devastating bombing of Dresden, the aftermath of which Vonnegut and the remaining survivors helped to clear up.

Below is an incredible letter he wrote to his family that May from a repatriation camp, in which he informs them of his capture and survival. 25 years later, in 1969, Vonnegut's stunning book, Slaughterhouse-Five, was released.





The Letters of Note page contains a transcript and links to the file in a number of different formats if this is difficult to read:
http://www.lettersofnote.com/2009/11/...


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Ruby  Tombstone Lives! (rubytombstone) | 3260 comments Mod
Also from the Letters of Note site:
Letter from Vonnegut to the head of a school board in the US who ordered copies of Slaughterhouse-Five to be burned:
"I Am Very Real": http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/03/...

I'll keep posting things as I find them, so if you're participating in the group read (or not), feel free to stop by the thread to browse until the group read starts on June 30.


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For anyone else wondering about the sci-fi author mentioned in the book, Kilgore Trout...
The wikipedia entry gives some interesting background: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilgore_...


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Ruby  Tombstone Lives! (rubytombstone) | 3260 comments Mod
Mark A Rayner posted this:

"...folks may enjoy this video in which Kurt Vonnegut describes the shape of stories. I've included a link to a transcript in the post, as the video doesn't cover the whole lecture.

It'll get you thinking about every story you've read, and what its curve looks like!"

http://markarayner.com/archives/6788


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Ruby  Tombstone Lives! (rubytombstone) | 3260 comments Mod
Thanks Whitney for finding this:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacke...

Article on Vonnegut from the LA Times, featuring a 1969 review of Slaughterhouse-Five by Harlan Ellison. There's also a link to his story, "Look At The Birdie".


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Here's an nice piece from The Atlantic from August last year, noting the parallels between Slaughterhouse-Five's theme of history repeating itself, and the never ending campaigns to ban the book:
http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainm...

And did you know there's a browser game ( recently developed as part of a 7-day development contest) based on Slaughterhouse-Five? It's called "Vonneguts & Glory"! http://www.kotaku.com.au/2012/06/this...
I note the comment on the bottom that Vonnegut may not have been thrilled to have inspired a first person shooter!


message 8: by Ruby , Mistress of Chaos (last edited Jun 23, 2012 08:53AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

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TIME's Kurt Vonnegut obituary. If you've read the book, you'll be able to guess how it starts....! http://www.time.com/time/arts/article...

For the people interested in seeing how the film adaptation stacks up, I've found this detailed analysis (spoiler warning): http://www.kurtvonnegutcorner.eu/essa...


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Whitney shared this via io9:
"Here's a BBC interview with Vonnegut on the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Dresden. With slow load time, that should keep people busy for 15 minutes or so."

Vonnegut Interview


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