The next meeting of the Thursday Morning Book Club will be on Thursday, March 9, at 10:30 am. We will be discussing Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. All are welcome.
Perhaps the most noticeable thing about Vonnegut’s long-gestating “Dresden book” is the lack of any detailed treatment of Dresden. Yes, this points to the impossibility of representing, through fiction, such a horrifying event — the limits of language, and so on (as Vonnegut would say). But it is also crucial to the success and longevity of Vonnegut’s strange piece of work. Even our “historical understanding” of the attack on Dresden includes as much fiction as fact, so Vonnegut’s evasive tactics benefit the novel, and give it a strange power so many years hence.
— Jonathan Creasy