Tattoo Tuesday!

In honor of finishing up Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut this week, I’m featured a tattoo inspired by his novel, Cat’s Cradle. cinderstar37 posted her new foot tattoo on Bookworms with Ink. I really love the placement, font, and idea behind this one!

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She says it “reminds me of the billions of things happening in the universe around me every moment of every day. While I will never come close to understanding the vast majority of reality, I am very interested in the flashes of insight I sometimes have concerning the “bigger picture.” Also, Vonnegut is one of my favourite authors and his writing pretty much changed my life and made me feel less isolated at a time when I was very alone.”

Beautifully done!!

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{Review} Mother Night – Kurt Vonnegut

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I picked up Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut for The Good Book Club’s first discussion. BIG thank you to them for picking this book! I don’t know that I would have read it otherwise and I loved it! The story so captivating you can’t put it down and the characters are so real that you forget you’re reading fiction.

Mother Night is the autobiography of Howard W Campbell, Jr, a Nazi war criminal writing his story from his cell in Israel. Howard was the English speaking propagandist for the Nazis during WWII. However, Howard claims he didn’t believe the things he was saying. He claims to have been an American spy. But can someone really be both? Can you spread the message he did and encourage the terrible things as he so passionately pretended to and still claim to not believe in the cause? Can you be two very different minds?

Vonnegut writes in the introduction that “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be”. This is one of my favorite literary quotes. The book contained so many great quotes that I’ll have to take some time to pick out my favorites before the discussion tonight.

The story is dark, humorous, touching and gut-wrenching. The idea that those who encourage and spread hate are just as guilty of the deaths this brings as those who hold the guns is so important that I’m baffled that I wasn’t required to read this in one of my classes in either high school or college.

I’m very, very highly recommending this book. I’m even making Shane give it  try. I’m looking forward to adding more Vonnegut to my to-read list!

* This also counts towards my 101 Books Challenge, and is my M book for the A-Z Book Challenge.

Mother Night – started

I’ve just started Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut and so far I really like it. One of my all time favorite quotes is “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful of what we pretend to be”. I was reading the introduction talking about Vonnegut’s real life experience with the war and was completely surprised to find out that he wrote the introduction (and part of this book, if not all) at the college I graduated from. Maybe I’m just having a brain lapse, but how could I have not know that Vonnegut taught at U of Iowa!! I knew he had gotten a degree from U of Chicago (where my sister graduated) of course that was after he left the school :).

This book is very different from what I’ve been into lately. I’ve been reading A LOT of vampire romance books. I love vampire stories. Don’t know why. I’m sure I could think of some reasons. I loved Buffy. I loved Twilight. I loved the Southern Vampire series. However, I’ve been trying to break the cycle and throw in some books from other genres. And boy is this a different genre. I’m excited to break out of my comfort zone and experience something new. I’ll be sure to check back in at the halfway point… that is if I don’t finish it in one sitting…