PAUL'S BOOK CLUB

September 20, 2018 - 7:00pm
Iowa City Public Library

When Kurt Vonnegut was teaching in the Writer's Workshop 1965-66, the Vietnam War was getting underway and the student movement against it was just starting. Vonnegut chose this time to work on SlaughterhouseFive, his anti-war novel about the allied destruction of Dresden at the end of WW II. His most personal novel, based on his own WW II experience, to write a funny book at which we are not permitted to laugh, braided with his usual imaginative fantasy. For me it was an unforgettable read and I am looking forward to this reread. Few have read it recently, and I hope many of you will take this opportunity to seen how this anti-war novel holds up today. —Paul

"Poignant and hilarious, threaded with compassion, and behind everything the cataract of a thundering moral statement." —Boston Globe