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Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
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Jul 19, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: war, humor, holocaust, literature
Read 2 times. Last read July 18, 2012 to July 20, 2012.

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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Reading Progress

Started Reading
February 28, 1974 – Finished Reading
July 18, 2012 – Started Reading
July 19, 2012 – Shelved
July 19, 2012 – Shelved as: war
July 20, 2012 – Shelved as: humor
July 20, 2012 – Finished Reading
December 10, 2013 – Shelved as: holocaust
September 13, 2017 – Shelved as: literature

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