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Mother Night
Mother Night: A Novel | Kurt Vonnegut
Mother Night is a daring challenge to our moral sense. 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, Vonnegut turns black and white into a chilling shade of gray with a verdict that will haunt us all.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Libby1
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An American man who worked for the Nazis claims he was actually a spy for the Allies. Can anyone believe a word he says?

This book could not be more clever if it tried. Brief, yet perfectly formed.

And there was a strange moment in the text with a talking cat. Really.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Jinster Sounds intriguing, thanks for sharing! 2w
Libby1 Thanks, @Jinster . If you ever read it I hope you‘ll enjoy it, too. 2w
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AMVP
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Look who's backsliding into book-buying again!

I'm poised to go on a real Vonnegut tear as soon as I finish my other reading.

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The.Intentional.Reader
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Vonnegut! Turning everything on it‘s head once again. Is who we pretend to be who we really are or are we someone else?? (I‘ll let you know😉)

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Aaronlisa
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I read this between Jan 19 & 21. I gave it 4 ⭐️ on GoodReads. There are a lot of words about why you should read Kurt Vonnegut. And you should as he is able to write a social commentary that doesn‘t come across as if he is trying to shove his morals down your throat.

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Michollio
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Prompt: Injustice
#QuotsyJan19
@TK-421

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britt_brooke
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DAY 11 (a day late): In honor of yesterday being Kurt Vonnegut‘s birthday, I had to share a shelfie of my #forever favorite author! 🧡

#nofemmeber

BarbaraBB Gorgeous 😍 8mo
Trashcanman Vonnegut is the man! 8mo
britt_brooke @BarbaraBB Thanks! 💚 8mo
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britt_brooke @Trashcanman 💚💚💚 8mo
Moray_Reads Lovely shelf 😍 8mo
britt_brooke @Moray_Reads Thanks! 💚 8mo
Cinfhen Beautiful!! 8mo
Billypar Gorgeous! All the Vonneguts of the rainbow 🌈 8mo
britt_brooke @Billypar 💚🌈 8mo
Trashcanman Hi Britt, I mean to collect the Vonnegut rainbow too, are those all of them? 8mo
britt_brooke @Trashcanman I think the only one I‘m missing is When Mortals Sleep. 🤔 8mo
britt_brooke @Trashcanman Just realized I don‘t have Bagombo Snuff Box either. Must remedy this! 8mo
bookcollecter Awesome collection! Wish I had them all as well. Such a Genius 8mo
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Quanchile
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Beautiful concepts of nation of two and ambiguity of morality vs intention. Very Vonnegut and not a book that will linger with you, but you‘ll be glad to have read it

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jennw1212
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jennw1212
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Next book club is coming soon I aim to finish this within the week!!

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jennw1212
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Next up...for book club. The copy from the library is so worn it is taped together.

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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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"...this is a hard world to be ludicrous in, with so many human beings so reluctant to laugh, so incapable of thought, so eager to believe and snarl and hate."

Let's hope 2018 can have just a touch more laughter and a lot more love. Life is better with smiles and hugs. ?

cobwebmoth Nice NaNoWriMo mug! 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @cobwebmoth thanks 🙋‍♂️. I think it's broken though. It hasn't made me a best selling author who can quit his day job and just drink all day yet. 🙃 2y
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TricksyTails 😁🤗🍻 2y
britt_brooke This is one of my favorite Vonneguts. Love that cover! 2y
minkyb This brings back lots of good memories! 2y
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jdtchicago
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We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.

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Billypar
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#knowyourenemy could simply refer to the Nazis in this novel. But when is Vonnegut ever simple? Howard Campbell Jr., Nazi propagandist and American spy may have helped win WWII for the United States, but there's a cost to playing a part too well that Campbell's confession describes. Somehow both sharply funny and grimly serious simultaneously. Also, depressingly relevant to current issues in the U.S. #rocktober @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen

britt_brooke This is one of my favorite Vonneguts. 💚 2y
BarbaraBB Thanks for bringing this book to my attention, I must read it! 2y
Cinfhen I haven't gotten comfortable with Vonnegut yet 🙄 2y
ValerieAndBooks When I tried to place an order from Book Outlet some time ago, this is the title that disappeared from my cart a few minutes after I put it in there 😬. Oh well, maybe later — I still have a couple Vonneguts to get to in my TBR. 2y
Billypar @ValerieAndBooks It's happened to me twice at used bookstores where I've gone back to pick up a book I set down a couple minutes ago and someone has already snatched it up. It just means you weren't meant to read it just yet 😀 2y
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jdtchicago
Mother Night | Kurt Jr. Vonnegut

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.

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jdtchicago
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Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile.

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LittleWonder
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"We kept our bottle hidden, since we did not care to share it." - Mother Night by Vonnegut ??

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OrangeMooseReads
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Fantastically written. The story is fitting for events occurring in the news now. Funny how Vonnegut is able to do that so often. The narration was acceptable.

britt_brooke One of my favorites of his. 💚 2y
Booksnchill @britt_brooke I agree- ❤️ 2y
britt_brooke @Booksnchill ☺️👍🏻 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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Just starting this one. Already I'm engrossed.

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Moray_Reads
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A complex and difficult read. Darkly funny it proves reveals satires deepest truth, that there can be humour in the darkest of events and pathos in the most ridiculous. It's the human condition and Vonnegut masterfully writes empathetic, wicked, ambivalent, human characters. Mother Night painfully explores the relationship between action, intention and responsibility and our ability to create "several selves" and the difficulty of reconciling them

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Moray_Reads
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My essential supplies for the day, coffee, cough syrup, brownies and books 😷

Lcsmcat Feel better! 2y
charissharpe Oh dear, take it easy! 2y
Simona Those are my daily supplies too, except cough syrup... cough can be very irritating (I know because I'm a smoker 🤷‍♀️). Feel better soon 😘 2y
saresmoore 🙏 Get well soon! I read this recently and I think it may just be the perfect thing for a sick day. 2y
vivastory I hope you feel better soon! 2y
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goodbyefrancie
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Finally added more art to the library wall. #workinprogress #vonnegut #myhappyplace

Leftcoastzen very cool ! 2y
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brooklynreads
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"You've got to write again," he said. "Just as daisies bloom as daisies and roses bloom as roses——you must bloom as a writer and I must bloom as a painter. Everything else about us is uninteresting."

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alohabetty
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"Where's evil? It's that large part of every man that wants to hate without limit, that wants to hate with God on its side. It's that part of every man that finds all kinds of ugliness attractive. It's that part of an imbecile," I said, "that punishes and vilifies and makes war gladly."

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mauveandrosysky
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“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” So begins Mother Night, the first person account of Howard J. Campbell, an American spy during World War II who inadvertently became one of Nazi Germany‘s most famous propagandists.

Through his absurd postmodern (anti)-hero, Vonnegut explores many brilliant and timeless questions about guilt, morality, and identity.

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mauveandrosysky
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Trump and his supporters, am I right?

Moray_Reads Wow, Vonnegut really sees so deeply. I must treat more of his work 2y
saresmoore I read this book recently and had the very same thought. But moments later, it made me check myself, too. Vonnegut's good at that. 2y
britt_brooke @mauveandrosysky @Moray_Reads @saresmoore God, he would despise Trump. PS - I highly recommend A Man Without a Country. 2y
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saresmoore @britt_brooke Stacked! Thank you! 2y
britt_brooke @saresmoore 😁👍🏻 2y
mauveandrosysky @britt_brooke thank you! Adding it to my list. 2y
britt_brooke @mauveandrosysky ☺️👍🏻 2y
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mauveandrosysky
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Oblomov26 Love Vonnegut 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Great quote! 2y
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mauveandrosysky
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mauveandrosysky
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Lazy Sunday.

britt_brooke One of my favorite Vonneguts. 💙 2y
Notafraidofwords I've never read Vonnegut, any advice on where to start. 2y
mauveandrosysky @Notafraidofwords I'm actually new to Vonnegut too after not being able to get into him in my early 20s. I've only read Slaughterhouse Five and now this one, and I'm still feeling my way through. @britt_brooke do you have any advice for @Notafraidofwords on where to start with Vonnegut? 2y
britt_brooke @mauveandrosysky Absolutely! @Notafraidofwords Slaughter-house Five is a really good starting point. It gets you used to his style and humor. Cat's Cradle, Mother Night, and Breakfast of Champions (my favorite) are excellent, too. I started working my way through all of his books last year and hope to get through the rest by the end of this year. 😁 2y
Notafraidofwords @britt_brooke thank you so much. I shall start there! 2y
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shutupsmalls
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Where‘s evil? It‘s that large part of every man that wants to hate without limit, that wants to hate with God on its side.

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shutupsmalls
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Oh, God—the lives people try to lead.
Oh, God—what a world they try to lead them in!

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DennisJacobRosenfeld
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One of my favorite Vonnegut books. This is my second edition and it's already beginning to look worn out. I even like the film version with Nick Nolte, although it's, obviously, not as good as the book. A powerful story, well-written and particularly relevant these days.

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saresmoore
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Lightning bugs—I think this captures the tone of the book perfectly.

britt_brooke Loved this book! 3y
saresmoore @britt_brooke I have only read a few of his, but I really enjoyed this one. Do you have a recommendation for my next Vonnegut? 3y
britt_brooke @saresmoore Which ones have you read? I haven't read them all, but I've read several. Still working my way through all of them. 3y
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saresmoore @britt_brooke I've read (and really liked) Slaughterhouse Five and I think maybe Cat's Cradle...it's been so long, I can't remember! Do you have a favorite so far? 3y
britt_brooke @saresmoore Breakfast of Champions! That's my favorite so far. The short story collection Welcome to the Monkey House is good, too. God Bless You, Mr Rosewater and God Bless You, Dr Kevorkian are also good. (edited) 3y
saresmoore Wonderful! Thank you, @britt_brooke! 3y
britt_brooke Anytime!! 3y
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TK-421
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I didn't read even ONE of the books I'd planned to read in December! Dammit! However, I DID read 11 short books that I've been meaning to read or reread forever, so YAY! My #BestofDecember: Mother Night, which was a first time read, and two re-reads of favourites from my youth, The Chrysalids and Ring-Rise, Ring-Set. #SeasonsReadings2016

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Happy Birthday, Kurt Vonnegut, who was born on this day, Nov 11, in 1922. #OOPquote

britt_brooke 💙💙💙 3y
badnorthern Sounds about right... 3y
Procrastireader A wise and gentle soul, who also kept his anger close 3y
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KVanRead
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#photoadaynov16 #politicalfiction This book, the Reverend Dr. Lionel J. D. Jones, and Howard Campbell Jr. have never been more relevant. Hoping the good citizens of my adopted land all head to the polls today with not hate of the other but love of democracy in their hearts and their thought machines well oiled and carefully tended. #dontboovote @RealLifeReading

RealLifeReading Well said! 👏👏👏 3y
manifestsanity We are what we pretend to be. 3y
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britt_brooke
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October was a pretty excellent month. #Litsy continues to be an important influence in my life. Thank you all!

Suzze Yeah. We all came to Litsy buying too many books and now we buy WAY too many boos (or bring home library stacks we KNOW we can't read in time). And we love it. Nice month! 3y
valeriegeary *high fives* !!! 3y
britt_brooke @Suzze Absolutely! 😂👏🏻 3y
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britt_brooke @valeriegeary Thank you! ☺️ 3y
Books_Wine_Repeat 👏👏👏😃👍 3y
Bookzombie Great month! 3y
Cinfhen Nice month and I like your graphics❤️ 3y
KarenUK Nice! 👍 3y
CoffeeAndABook Great month of reading!! 🤘Especially since Attachments was in it!! That's one of my all-time favorites 🎈 3y
britt_brooke @CoffeeAndABook Thanks! ☺️ I loved Attachments! 💕💕💕 3y
BeckaroniAndCheese @britt_brooke What is your preferred method for keeping track of these stats? Do you use a site/program/app or do you keep track the old fashioned way?? ✏️📝 3y
britt_brooke @BeckaroniAndCheese I use my iPhone "notes." ?? I keep yearly lists, broken down by months, of the books I've read. I use goodreads, too, but I've been keeping lists on my phone for about 6 years. I've purchased stuff to do a reading journal but I haven't taken the time to start it yet. ? 3y
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britt_brooke
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"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be." Damn. Right, though?

This is written as a Howard W. Campbell, Jr (who briefly appears in Slaughterhouse-Five) memoir - nazi propagandist/American spy, one half of a "Nation of Two." Appropriate ending, I thought. Great book.

NOTE: Just realized I posted this as a blurb instead of a review. ?

Anton I remember enjoying the film with Nick Nolte. 3y
britt_brooke @Anton I need to get my hands on that! 3y
JonathanDunne @britt_brooke What's your favourite KV novel? I haven't read everything but mine is Breakfast of champions. Cat's cradle was disappointing for me. 3y
britt_brooke @JonathanDunne I would also say Breakfast of Champions. 👍🏻Slaughterhouse-Five is a close second. I've been reading a lot of his books lately; planning to get through them all at some point. My least favorite so far is Sirens of Titan. 3y
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JessicaBates
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Now reading : Mother Night #atmalogybookclub

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jdtchicago
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We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.

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Linsy 💖 3y
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MrCoachU
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Aw Yeah!!! Just came in.

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KVanRead
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In times of horrific events like the devastating mass shooting in Orlando, I always turn to Vonnegut .

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katelizabee
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We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.

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Simsian
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There are plenty of good reasons for fighting, but no good reason ever to hate without reservation, to imagine that God Almighty Himself hates with you, too.

Simsian This quote occurred to me while writing a scene about an uncle refusing to accept his trans nephew's plans to transition. 3y
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BlueMonday42
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The origin of (most of) my name. I love this book.

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Remembering Kurt Vonnegut, who died on this day, April 11, in 2007.

RyanDevlin One of the best ever. Hope he's now reliving his favorite moments over and over again like the Tralfamadorians. 3y
Sillyduck79 My favorite author. So it goes. 3y
BlueMonday42 I just finished Mother Night on the anniversary of his death. 3y
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