Swearengin to lead Book Talk discussion

Democrat editor will speak on Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse Five”

By Marion Hill and Matt Swearengin

Matt Swearengin is shown at the site of Slaughterhouse Five in Dresden, Germany, where American prisoners of war were held when the city was bombed in February 1945. Kurt Vonnegut was among the POWs and he later wrote about is experiences in his novel “Slaughterhouse Five.”

Shown is the River Elbe in Dresden, Germany. Matt Swearengin took this photo during a visit to the city in March. The historic city center was destroyed in allied bombings during World War II, and was rebuilt after the war.

Photo by Matt Swearengin

“Slaughterhouse Five,” Kurt Vonnegut’s classic novel, is Book Talk’s choice for its Sept. 10 meeting at Donald W. Reynolds Community Center and Library, 1515 W. Main in Durant. Matt Swearengin, news editor of the Durant Daily Democrat, will lead the 7 p.m. discussion. The book is Vonnegut’s absurdist look at his own experience of being
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