Book Reviews of Mother Night

Mother Night
Mother Night
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
ISBN-13: 9780440158530
ISBN-10: 0440158532
Publication Date: 4/1974
Pages: 192
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 28 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Paperback
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When I started to read this, I realized I had read it before back in the 1970s along with other Vonnegut classics such as "Slaughterhouse Five," "Sirens of Titan," "Cat's Cradle," and "God Bless You Mr. Rosewater." I hadn't read a Vonnegut since then but I am anxious to read more. "Mother Night" is a great satire giving the story of Howard W. Campbell, Jr., who was born in the U.S. and became a Nazi propagandist who broadcast during WWII. However, he was really a spy for the U.S. Government. Campbell narrates his own story as he sits awaiting trial for war crimes in an Israeli prison. The book is brilliant and full of gallows humor as Campbell reveals his ironic tale. (Campbell also makes a brief appearance in Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse Five"). High recommendation for this and any other Vonnegut.
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Vonnegut is one of my favorite authors. While I didn't love this book as much as some of his other works, I found that it still held some truths about life, encased in an interesting story. One of the more interesting themes in this book is that we are who we pretend to be.
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Meh. Once again Vonnegut fails to appeal.

Mother Night is the supposed tale of an American who worked for Germany during WWII, but had a double life of sorts as a spy. He was an English language broadcaster who was passing information out to the allies as part of his show. But what he did and said on his show was really awful. Supposedly this is supposed to make the reader think.

I found the presentation boring, and the lack of humor - supposedly one of Vonnegut's strengths - a real problem. That said, it wasn't bad, really, but it barely held my attention and didn't stick with me.

A blurb on the back cover says Mother Night is "in the Catch-22 vein." Had I known that in advance I wouldn't have wasted my time. I really didn't like Catch-22. Oh well.

Other than Cat's Cradle, though, it appears I am just not cut out for reading Vonnegut. I have one more on my TBR shelf. Maybe I'll get to it one of these days.
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Dell 15853. Required reading in college. Kinda off the wall, but that's Vonnegut -- either you like him or not. Worth the read if you are curious.
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cover not the same this is movie tie in