To the Slaughterhouse

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780720612127
  • Publisher: Owen, Peter Limited
  • Publication date: 4/5/2004
  • 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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Table of Contents

1 War Spells Ruin for Your Rams, Your Ewe-Rams and Your Crops 7
2 The Shepherds Haet 11
3 The Baveh 31
4 Julia Remembers 36
5 The Charity of the World 40
6 The Bluebottle 47
7 The Salt of the Earth 52
8 Regotaz 66
9 There Will be No Pity 75
10 Waiting 109
11 Verdun 124
12 News from Joseph 129
13 The Captain 133
14 Fire in the Blood 138
15 Santerre 147
16 The Tin Box 172
17 News from Casimir 177
18 Joseph's Left Hand 184
19 To the Slaughterhouse 187
20 The Shepherd's Blessing 207
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2000

    WW1: Out of the farm and into the bloodbath

    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!

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