“While Mortals Sleep” is a collection of unpublished short stories Vonnegut wrote in the 50’s. The style of writing is rather uncharacteristic of Vonnegut, lacking the apocalyptic feel of many of his later novels, but still manages to reflect his signature sarcasm and wit. The stories cover many themes like love, money, art, financial greed, class struggles, and deception. Some of the stories are a bit dry, but some are just flat out great. Moreover, every story has a moral to teach. Vonnegut’s novels had morals as well, but they were presented in a pretty subtle fashion, whereas these tend to be a bit more upfront.

I highly recommend “Out, Brief Candle”, “Money Talks”, and “The Humbugs”.


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