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Mother Night Paperback – May 11, 1999
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Kurt Vonnegut’s black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America’s attention in The Sirens of Titan in 1959 and established him as “a true artist” (The New York Times) with Cat’s Cradle in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene declared, “one of the best living American writers.” Mr. Vonnegut passed away in April 2007.
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Oddly enough, it does serve to humanize a group of people who we're taught to instinctively consider as monsters, but it does so without absolving anyone of responsibility for their actions.
I enjoyed the book immensely. It was humorous, farcical, and had a lot of plot twists. It was episodic, with each chapter/episode being a few pages long, so it moved along quite quickly. I haven't read much Vonnegut, but this is the one I enjoyed most, and would definitely recommend it.
Colum McCann, a contemporary writer who has written about such things as the 9/11 bombings, is cited in a recent New York Times Sunday Magazine article (6/2/13) as predicting about the kids and teachers who survived the Sandy Hook shootings that their struggle against cynicism would be a struggle they would carry on for the rest of their lives.
Vonnegut enters into this struggle armed with two things - things that he names in another book, Cat's Cradle, a Grand Falloon and a dupras. He said something like "To understand the nature of a Grand Falloon (and here I am quoting from 40 something year old memory so please forgive errors) take the skin off a toy balloon." That is, that all groupings of people - he used the example of Hoosiers in Cat's Cradle though here and elsewhere he is talking about Nazis and Allies - are essentially arbitrary. We are not different - but alike - including in our being fallible and even evil, especially when we create arbitrary distinctions and act on them to harm others. The antidote that he proposes, somewhat feebly, is the dupras - a romantic love that is so intense that the two people become fused - the lines between them fall away and they function as one person.
So the novel Mother Night is about a writer - a kind of hack, sappy romantic writer - certainly someone who could be a cynical version of the author - who has American citizenship but is born and raised in Germany, writes some plays, and chooses to stay there durning the war.....
To read the rest of the review google the reluctant psychoanalyst mother night
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I've read a decent amount of Vonnegut, and for some reason, just never picked this one up.Read more