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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!
This report prepared by John Marcel








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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)

Setting

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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