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Lloyd

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  • Mother Night

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    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, Kurt Vonnegut turns black and white into a chilling shade of grey with a verdict that will haunt us all. Mother Night is a daring challenge to our moral sense.

    Melinda says: "The Moral of the Story"
    "Does not include Introduction or Editor's Note"
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    "Mother Night" is my favorite Vonnegut book. Although characterized as "Unabridged," this performance does not include Vonnegut's introduction to the novel or the prefatory section labeled "Editor's Note." I think this is extremely unfortunate (hence my lukewarm overall rating). The introduction is the source of my favorite Vonnegut quote ("We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be"). It was also, when I read the book about 35 years ago, how I first became aware of the Allies' deplorable destruction of Dresden during World War II.

    Excluding the Editor's Note doesn't make sense because it is clearly part of the story, introducing the conceit that Vonnegut is just the editor responsible for preparing the "American edition" of Howard W. Campbell, Jr.'s "confessions." The Note also closes with another favorite quote: "This book is rededicated to Howard W. Campbell, Jr., a man who served evil too openly and good too secretly, the crime of his times."

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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