To the Slaughterhouse

To the Slaughterhouse

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by Jean Giono
     
 

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Written in chilling detail, this novel describes the effect of World War I on a small community in Provence. In some of the most fiercely realistic and horrifying scenes of war ever recreated in literature, this story evokes the harsh, primitive conditions in the trenches as well as the loneliness and anxiety experienced by those left at home. The

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Written in chilling detail, this novel describes the effect of World War I on a small community in Provence. In some of the most fiercely realistic and horrifying scenes of war ever recreated in literature, this story evokes the harsh, primitive conditions in the trenches as well as the loneliness and anxiety experienced by those left at home. The gradual disintegration of normal life and morals in areas far from the fighting grimly parallels the wholesale destruction of men, land, and animals at the front.

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"One of the most terrible and moving novels of war to have been written in our time."  —Listener

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Released in French in 1931 and English in 1969, Giono's World War I novel tells the story of a small Proven al community, focusing on the soldiers killed and the mass destruction as well as the loneliness and suffering of families and friends. Heavy stuff. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780720612127
Publisher:
Owen, Peter Limited
Publication date:
04/05/2004
Series:
Peter Owen Modern Classics Series
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
4.84(w) x 7.36(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Jean Giono wrote more than 30 novels as well as many volumes of short stories, plays, poetry, essays, and film scripts. Imprisoned at the beginning of World War II for his pacifist views, he was wrongly imprisoned again for collaboration at the war’s end. The author of the play The Horseman on the Roof and the much-acclaimed The Man Who Planted Trees, he is now firmly established as among the most distinguished of French writers.

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To the Slaughterhouse 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful and humbling story -- young men wrenched from their herds and vines in the South of France, and flung uncomprehendingly into the maelstrom of trench warfare. Farms and faimilies waiting for their return. Hallucinatory images of peace, and of senseless killing. The home farm scenes could be from the 15th century, and the implacable organized slaughter could only be from the 20th. Giono is a wonderful writer. Strong stuff, like their richest 'pinard' country wine!