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“Vonnegut is George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer . . . a zany but moral mad scientist.”—Time
Mother Night is a daring challenge to our moral sense. American Howard W. Campbell, Jr., a spy during World War II, is now on trial in Israel as a Nazi war criminal. But is he really guilty? In this brilliant book rife with true gallows humor, Vonnegut turns black and white into a chilling shade of gray with a verdict that will haunt us all.
“A great artist.”—Cincinnati Enquirer
“A shaking up in the kaleidoscope of laughter . . . Reading Vonnegut is addictive!”—Commonweal
This was a quick and easy read! It was easy to get into and very interesting. When my teacher first recommended it to me I was reluctant to read it, since it was about war, I'm glad I read it because the book was not about the war. The book was a memoir of a high treason war criminal that was in hiding for a long time. After pretending he was someone who he wasn't for his whole life, Howard W. Campbell Jr. was very confused who he is. In the introduction Vonnegut says that this is the only novel of his that he knows the moral of; "We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be" (Vonnegut V).
This books also has a slight tie in with "Slaughter House 5" which is another awesome book by Kurt. This book has a great love story in it and a couple of twists lead by dark humor in it which on top of him being a war criminal was a good edition to it and molded this great book. You will not be disappointed in it! Also read "Slaughter House 5" after reading this!
Read it for school and thought it was great!