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Book Review of Mother Night

Mother Night
Mother Night
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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.