Review: Mother Night

Mother NightMother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve never been a huge Vonnegut fan, but several friends said that this was the book that would get me. I have to say: They nailed it.

This is a dark, sad fictional memoir of Howard W. Campbell Jr., who moved to Germany just before the beginning of World War II and became the Nazi Party’s leading media propagandist. The story begins, and ends as Campbell is awaiting a war crimes trial in Israel. But as Campbell tells the story, the truth of his role becomes much less clear.

Like all great stories, Mother Night is much more than a piece of fiction. It’s a brilliant and beautiful rumination on the meaning of one’s life, and the hopelessness that surrounds us all. When I finished the book, I wanted to lock myself in a dark room and never come out. (In a good way.)

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