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Eugene Debs Hartke is a Vietnam veteran known as the Preacher because he doesn't utter profanities. The book takes place at Tarkington College where Eugene has become a teacher. Across the valley there is a prison for Black prisoners run by a Japanese corporation. The story interweaves Vonnegut's comments on the social woes of mankind and the socio-economic state of America in 2001 with anti war feelings towards WWI WWII Hiroshima and the Vietnam War. The background is a jailbreak which takes over the town and in which Eugene is irrevocably caught up. Vonnegut weaves the characters with his own philosophy on life. Classic Vonnegut!
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   general liberal/left wing activism Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   teacher Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Southeast Asia Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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