Besides being Veterans Day (and the 95th anniversary of the end of World War I), Monday marked another milestone: It would have been American novelist Kurt Vonnegut’s 91st birthday. In honor of the “Slaughterhouse-Five” author’s birthday, Amazon.com will be selling nine different Vonnegut titles available for Kindle downloads, including “Slaughterhouse-Five,” “The Sirens of Titan” and “Player Piano,” for $1.99.
Most of Kindle editions of the books are typically priced at $7.99- $8.99, so readers who take advantage can save more than 75 percent. The low prices are part of Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals, which the retail behemoth rotates out each day.
Here’s what the renowned author, who died in 2007, had to say about his birthday in an excerpt of “Breakfast Of Champions,” which sadly isn’t among the featured deals:
I will come to a time in my backwards trip when November eleventh, accidentally my birthday, was a sacred day called Armistice Day. When I was a boy, and when Dwayne Hoover was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.
Armistice Day has become Veterans' Day. Armistice Day was sacred. Veterans' Day is not.
So I will throw Veterans' Day over my shoulder. Armistice Day I will keep. I don't want to throw away any sacred things.