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Mother Night Paperback – May 11, 1999
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The primary moral of Mother Night, Vonnegut tells us in his introduction, is that "we are what we pretend to be" and should thus be pretty darned careful about what we are pretending to be (a secondary moral being the less enlightening statement "when you're dead, you're dead"). In the eyes of the entire world, Campbell is exactly what he pretended to be during the war, a traitorous Nazi purveyor of propaganda who mocked and demoralized allied troops as well as regular citizens.Read more ›
"Mother Night" is actually one of three books I have recently read (or reread) that deal with the dichotomy between appearance and truth. "Mother Night" is clearly the least subtle book as far as advancing an argument...yet it is far and away the most powerful. Vonnegut navigates this ethical minefield in an entertaining, yet sobering manner.
"Mother Night" tells the story of an American playwright who is enlisted to be a spy within World War II Germany. The playwright becomes part of the upper crust of Nazi society. Working as a talk-radio personality, he encodes top secret information in his pro-Nazi broadcasts. In so doing, he helps to bring about the eventual victory of the Allies.
The war-time story-line of "Mother Night" is told in retrospect by the playwright who is living a secluded life in 1960's New York City. The reason he must live in hiding is that his Allied contact person during the war disappeared. He has no one left to testify to the fact that he worked for the Allies.
The story takes off in grand Vonnegutian style as the "protagonist" of the story is discovered simultaneously by Nazi-hunters, Soviet agents, white supremacists, and a woman claiming to be his ex wife.
Through it all, Vonnegut asks hard questions about what action, motivation, intent, and reality have to do with reality.
I found this book to be eye-opening. It is engagingly told; containing passages of great beauty, sorrow, and even humor. I recommend this book.
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Plotless wonder. Reads like random sitcom episodes. Lots of dialog, so-so substance. In fairness, probably the satire was more punchy 50 years ago. Read morePublished 5 days ago by J. Rodeck
Another Vonnegut's masterpiece where the most important truths pretend they aren't.
Poignant, sad, beautiful, and often funny. Unmissable.
I have yet to read a more multifaceted author. He never ceases to surprise me. I have been waiting for years to grow out of Kurt Vonnegut, the way we have grown out of denial of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anastasiya Koroleva
great book in vonnegut's style. this is one of his grounded books and is historical fiction. timely (as most good books seem to always be) morals in this book about what you... Read morePublished 1 month ago by tiger187126
Typical Vonnegut insightfulness and wit. Will enjoy if you liked Breakfast of Champions or Slaughterhouse 5.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Was an intriguing book that swept me in the storyline throughout the whole book. I recommend this book. Some points of the book I have yet to decide on.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
What can I say, Kurt Vonnegut will be remembered as one of the best American authors, not only are his books funny, but they are full of lessons. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Manuel E. Celi
Kurt Vonnegut's writing is Kurt Vonnegut's writing style. It can be described in various ways but it is quintessentially his own. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Renée Reads