Happy Fiction Friday everyone!! I hope you are having a great week and are having a great summer! Today, I wanted to talk about another Kurt Vonnegut novel; Mother Night.
I absolutely adore Kurt Vonnegut, I have yet to read one of his books and not love it. So reading Mother Night was of course no different. I’m going to insert the little blurb on the back because I think it does a great job at describing the book without giving anything away and I think it does a better job than I could do:
“Mother Night is a daring challenge to our moral sense. American Howard W. Campbell, Jr., a spy during World War II, is now on trail in Israel as a Nazi war criminal. But is he really guilty? In this brilliant book rife with true gallows humor, Vonnegut turns black and white into a chilling shade of gray with a verdict that will haunt us all.”
And it really does, its a great story that gets you attached and much like my beloved Shakespeare, Vonnegut does a similar thing as to bond us with not only the “hero” but the “villain” as well. Howard W. Campbell Jr, is our source of information but at the same time was a Nazi, which makes the reader have to have a tough moral debate with themselves knowing what we know of Howard W. Campbell Jr., and what we know from the horrors of World War II.
It’s a great read, especially if you like Shakespeare’s Richard III, and that uncomfortable moral line that gets crossed and makes you think about where you stand. It’s also a great read if you enjoy history.
Now as always, some quotes from the book that I absolutely love:
~ “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” Page V
~ “We are never as modern, as far ahead of the past as we like to think we are.” Page 19
~ “And the thick, bristly, olive-drab cocoon I had built for myself was frayed a little, was weakened enough to let some pale light in.” Page 52
Until Next Time,