Tuesday, January 25, 2011
MOTHER NIGHT - Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Howard W. Campbell writes this story from an Israeli prison where he is about to be tried for war crimes,- being a collaborator broadcasting propaganda from Berlin during the Second World War. From the beginning Campbell admits that he is guilty of what he is being charged with.
The book is full of Vonnegut humour and killer satire and it has a moral:
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.
This is more accessible than Slaughterhouse 5 I feel and I would suggest that if you haven't read "5" yet, you read this and then move on to "5".
What this book really made me do was wonder,would Vonnegut have been able to write these wonderful books if he hadn't been through the physical and mental hell that he endured in Dresden.