Plainsboro Library Book Club
Our book club is open to all. We aren’t tied to a specific theme, and have read everything from nonfiction, memoirs, thrillers, literary fiction, and even a little bit of horror!
We generally meet every second Wednesday of the month at 7pm in the History Room, though check the website just in case there’s been a rare change in the schedule.
Current Book Club Selection: Slaughterhous-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2017
Time: 7:00 to 8:15pm
Location: 2nd Floor—History Room
Copies of the book are available for borrowing. Please inquire at the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor. Come to the meeting even if you haven’t finished the book.
|Slaughterhouse-Five is the now famous parable of Billy Pilgrim, a World War II veteran and POW, who has in the later stage of his life become “unstuck in time” and who experiences at will (or unwillingly) all known events of his chronology out of order and sometimes simultaneously.
Traumatized by the bombing of Dresden at the time he had been imprisoned, Pilgrim drifts through all events and history, sometimes deeply implicated, sometimes a witness. He is surrounded by Vonnegut’s usual large cast of continuing characters (notably here the hack science fiction writer Kilgore Trout and the alien Tralmafadorians who oversee his life and remind him constantly that there is no causation, no order, no motive to existence).
The “unstuck” nature of Pilgrim’s experience may constitute an early novelistic use of what we now call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; then again, Pilgrim’s aliens may be as “real” as Dresden is real to him. Struggling to find some purpose, order or meaning to his existence and humanity’s, Pilgrim meets the beauteous and mysterious Montana Wildhack (certainly the author’s best character name), has a child with her and drifts on some supernal plane, finally, in which Kilgore Trout, the Tralmafadorians, Montana Wildhack and the ruins of Dresden do not merge but rather disperse through all planes of existence.
– From the publisher