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Sleepaway School

Stories from a Boy's Life

Sleepaway School( )
Author: Stringer, Lee
Foreword by: Vonnegut, Kurt
ISBN:978-1-58322-478-6
Publication Date:Jan 2004
Publisher:Seven Stories Press
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $21.95
Book Description:

The author of Grand Central Winter: Stories from the Street, which has sold over 125,000 copies in its English edition alone, returns with the prequel to his first memoir. Telling of the hardships of his childhood that led to his famous fall and rise, the reader gains an ever sharpening awareness of one child's life, built on the moving sands of early homelessness, strengths and happiness where they are found, and the occasional kindness and persistance of those around him. "Like...
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Stringer, Lee (Author)
The appeal of Kurt Vonnegut, especially to bright younger readers of the past few decades, may be attributed partly to the fact that he is one of the few writers who have successfully straddled the imaginary line between science-fiction/fantasy and "real literature." He was born in Indianapolis and attended Cornell University, but his college education was interrupted by World War II. Captured during the Battle of the Bulge and imprisoned in Dresden, he received a Purple Heart for what he calls a "ludicrously negligible wound." After the war he returned to Cornell and then earned his M.A. at the University of Chicago.He worked as a police reporter and in public relations before placing several short stories in the popular magazines and beginning his career as a novelist.

His first novel, Player Piano (1952), is a highly credible account of a future mechanistic society in which people count for little and machines for much. The Sirens of Titan (1959), is the story of a playboy whisked off to Mars and outer space in order to learn some humbling lessons about Earth's modest function in the total scheme of things. Mother Night (1962) satirizes the Nazi mentality in its narrative about an American writer who broadcasts propaganda in Germany during the war as an Allied agent. Cat's Cradle (1963) makes use of some of Vonnegut's experiences in General Electric laboratories in its story about the discovery of a special kind of ice that destroys the world. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1965) satirizes a benevolent foundation set up to foster the salvation of the world through love, an endeavor with, of course, disastrous results. Slaughterhouse-Five; or The Children's Crusade (1969) is the book that marked a turning point in Vonnegut's career. Based on his experiences in Dresden, it is the story of another Vonnegut surrogate named Billy Pilgrim who travels back and forth in time and becomes a kind of modern-day Everyman. The novel was something of a cult



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