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The Dutch Underground help Welsh RAF pilot Eric Grisdale

Welshman Eric Grisdale was born in Caernarvon in 1920. He started work as a clerk but when the war came Eric joined the RAF and became a bomber pilot. 2,134 more words

Family History

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Believe it or not, I had never read much Kurt Vonnegut.
I know, it’s shocking to imagine, since basically every college-age aspiring writer in existence has read his work and has his aphorisms at the very least memorized, if not tattooed on their flesh. 973 more words

Science Fiction

SPOILER ALERT—Slaughterhouse-Five, Response #3 (due August 10)

You know Billy Pilgrim as the time-traveling optometrist, married to the wealthy and huge Valencia Merble, who survived the firebombing of Dresden as a prisoner of war.  305 more words


Slaughterhouse-Five, Response #2 (due August 3)

As you read this next section of text (pages 72-153), choose one passage (of at least a few sentences) that stands out to you as “important” to the text or the narrative in some way.  200 more words


Slaughterhouse-Five, Response #1 (due July 20)

Slaughterhouse-Five is the semi-autobiographical account of the firebombing of Dresden, Germany by the British and American air forces in February 1945.  The destruction of this non-military city so late in the war is still controversial today, and that controversy is central to Vonnegut’s novel. 231 more words


On Life, Death and So It Goes

“The most important thing I learned on Tralfamadore was that when a person dies he only appears to die. He is still very much alive in the past, so it is very silly for people to cry at his funeral. 1,161 more words


Slaughterhouse Five, or The Children's Crusade

This was my first dive into Vonnegut. There was another time, the year after college, when I sat outside of a library with a coworker handing out flyers and he read me a passage from another Vonnegut novel… 377 more words