History Literature / MotherNight

20th Aug '16 5:06:35 PM WoozyJack
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''Mother Night'' is a 1961 novel by KurtVonnegut that tells of the life of Howard W. Campbell Jr., an expatriate American who moved to Germany with his parents shortly after UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Despite being an infamous Nazi radio personality and propagandist under Joseph Goebbels, Campbell is actually an author who writes sappy idealistic MedievalEuropeanFantasy plays and spends all of his time obsessing over his wife; in actuality [[FantasticallyIndifferent he has no interest in politics, the war, the Nazi movement,]] or anything besides his plays and wife. However, he's also a DoubleAgent under a minor division of the US and sends coded messages for reasons he doesn't even understand.[[note]]Several characters suggest he either did it out of his latent idealism, or more likely - he simply thought it was fun.[[/note]]

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''Mother Night'' is a 1961 novel by KurtVonnegut that tells of the life of Howard W. Campbell Jr., an expatriate American who moved to Germany with his parents shortly after UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Despite being an infamous Nazi radio personality and propagandist under Joseph Goebbels, Campbell is actually an author who writes sappy idealistic MedievalEuropeanFantasy plays and spends all of his time obsessing over his wife; in actuality [[FantasticallyIndifferent he has no interest in politics, the war, the Nazi movement,]] movement, its resulting World War II]] or anything besides his plays and wife. However, he's also a DoubleAgent under a minor division of the US and sends coded messages for reasons he doesn't even understand.[[note]]Several characters suggest he either did it out of his latent idealism, or more likely - he simply thought it was fun.[[/note]]
20th Aug '16 5:04:19 PM WoozyJack
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''Mother Night'' is a 1961 novel by KurtVonnegut that tells of the life of Howard W. Campbell Jr., an expatriate American who moved to Germany with his German wife shortly after UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Despite being an infamous Nazi radio personality and propagandist under Joseph Goebbels, Campbell is actually an author who writes sappy idealistic MedievalEuropeanFantasy plays and spends all of his time obsessing over his wife; in actuality [[FantasticallyIndifferent he has no interest in politics, the war, the Nazi movement,]] or anything besides his wife. However, he's also DoubleAgent under a minor division of the US and sends coded messages for reasons he doesn't even understand.[[note]]Several characters suggest he either did it out of his latent idealism, or more likely - he simply thought it was fun.[[/note]]

Continuing indifferently even following his beloved wife's death, Campbell soon finds the war over, and himself a war criminal. Left in New York by his recruiters without evidence to prove his innocence, Campbell spends two decades surprisingly happy in almost isolation with his only friend, George Kraft. This changes when a white supremacist newspaper, which publicizes Campbell's history and current life, makes his past and crimes resurface again, attracting the attention of Israel and a number of old enemies who want justice.

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''Mother Night'' is a 1961 novel by KurtVonnegut that tells of the life of Howard W. Campbell Jr., an expatriate American who moved to Germany with his German wife parents shortly after UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Despite being an infamous Nazi radio personality and propagandist under Joseph Goebbels, Campbell is actually an author who writes sappy idealistic MedievalEuropeanFantasy plays and spends all of his time obsessing over his wife; in actuality [[FantasticallyIndifferent he has no interest in politics, the war, the Nazi movement,]] or anything besides his plays and wife. However, he's also a DoubleAgent under a minor division of the US and sends coded messages for reasons he doesn't even understand.[[note]]Several characters suggest he either did it out of his latent idealism, or more likely - he simply thought it was fun.[[/note]]

Continuing indifferently even following his beloved wife's death, Campbell soon finds the war over, and himself a war criminal. Left in New York City by his recruiters without evidence to prove his innocence, Campbell spends two decades 15 years surprisingly happy in almost isolation with his only friend, George Kraft. This changes when a white supremacist newspaper, which publicizes Campbell's history and current life, makes his past and crimes resurface again, attracting the attention of Israel and a number of old enemies who want justice.



* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: The premise of the book; Campbell, a deep-cover spy for the Allies, has been left with only his ruined reputation in New York city by the people he risked everything for.

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* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: The premise of the book; Campbell, a deep-cover spy for the Allies, has been left with only his ruined reputation in New York city City by the people he risked everything for.
5th Jun '16 8:28:17 AM Doug86
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''Mother Night'' is a 1961 novel by KurtVonnegut that tells of the life of Howard W. Campbell Jr., an expatriate American who moved to Germany with his German wife shortly after WorldWarOne. Despite being an infamous Nazi radio personality and propagandist under Joseph Goebbels, Campbell is actually an author who writes sappy idealistic MedievalEuropeanFantasy plays and spends all of his time obsessing over his wife; in actuality [[FantasticallyIndifferent he has no interest in politics, the war, the Nazi movement,]] or anything besides his wife. However, he's also DoubleAgent under a minor division of the US and sends coded messages for reasons he doesn't even understand.[[note]]Several characters suggest he either did it out of his latent idealism, or more likely - he simply thought it was fun.[[/note]]

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''Mother Night'' is a 1961 novel by KurtVonnegut that tells of the life of Howard W. Campbell Jr., an expatriate American who moved to Germany with his German wife shortly after WorldWarOne.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Despite being an infamous Nazi radio personality and propagandist under Joseph Goebbels, Campbell is actually an author who writes sappy idealistic MedievalEuropeanFantasy plays and spends all of his time obsessing over his wife; in actuality [[FantasticallyIndifferent he has no interest in politics, the war, the Nazi movement,]] or anything besides his wife. However, he's also DoubleAgent under a minor division of the US and sends coded messages for reasons he doesn't even understand.[[note]]Several characters suggest he either did it out of his latent idealism, or more likely - he simply thought it was fun.[[/note]]
14th Dec '15 1:30:24 PM FF32
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* AuthorOnBoard: Campbell, mostly neutral and silent on American politics and society, suddenly bursts out with revulsion at the conversion of Armistice Day to Veterans' Day. Vonnegut, in ''Literature/BreakfastOfChampions,'' made it quite clear that Campbell's reaction mirrors his own.


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* WriterOnBoard: Campbell, mostly neutral and silent on American politics and society, suddenly bursts out with revulsion at the conversion of Armistice Day to Veterans' Day. Vonnegut, in ''Literature/BreakfastOfChampions,'' made it quite clear that Campbell's reaction mirrors his own.
23rd Nov '15 11:32:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[spoiler:BittersweetEnding: When Campbell is soon to be sentenced to death, he receives a letter from Wirtanen; in it, he goes against orders and vindicates Campbell of all blame. Campbell, however, decides freedom would be a less happy ending for a man who doesn't have a reason to live, and chooses execution anyway.]]

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* [[spoiler:BittersweetEnding: When BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:When Campbell is soon to be sentenced to death, he receives a letter from Wirtanen; in it, he goes against orders and vindicates Campbell of all blame. Campbell, however, decides freedom would be a less happy ending for a man who doesn't have a reason to live, and chooses execution anyway.]]



* [[spoiler:FalseFriend: Heinz, Campbell's best friend, was a member of the Jewish underground who hates him enough to testify against him. Also, Kraft and Resi are Communists (but the latter falls for Campbell instead).]]

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* [[spoiler:FalseFriend: Heinz, FalseFriend: [[spoiler:Heinz, Campbell's best friend, was a member of the Jewish underground who hates him enough to testify against him. Also, Kraft and Resi are Communists (but the latter falls for Campbell instead).]]



* [[spoiler:SuicideByCop: What Campbell wanted when he turned himself over to the Israelis.]]
* [[spoiler:SuicideIsPainless: Despite a heartwarming letter from Wirtanen proving his innocence, Campbell accepts he still has nothing left to do with his life, and decides to hang for his crimes anyway.]]

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* [[spoiler:SuicideByCop: What SuicideByCop: [[spoiler:What Campbell wanted when he turned himself over to the Israelis.]]
* [[spoiler:SuicideIsPainless: Despite SuicideIsPainless: [[spoiler:Despite a heartwarming letter from Wirtanen proving his innocence, Campbell accepts he still has nothing left to do with his life, and decides to hang for his crimes anyway.]]
23rd Nov '15 11:31:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* AuthorOnBoard: Campbell, mostly neutral and silent on American politics and society, suddenly bursts out with revulsion at the conversion of Armistice Day to Veterans' Day. Vonnegut, in ''BreakfastOfChampions,'' made it quite clear that Campbell's reaction mirrors his own.

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* AuthorOnBoard: Campbell, mostly neutral and silent on American politics and society, suddenly bursts out with revulsion at the conversion of Armistice Day to Veterans' Day. Vonnegut, in ''BreakfastOfChampions,'' ''Literature/BreakfastOfChampions,'' made it quite clear that Campbell's reaction mirrors his own.
18th Jul '15 6:50:01 PM Hugbees96
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10th Jun '15 7:00:02 AM Morgenthaler
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->''[[BecomingTheMask "We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be."]]''

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->''[[BecomingTheMask "We ->''"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be."]]''"''
31st Mar '14 12:24:29 PM Aquila89
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* Epigraph: A quote about patriotism from Creator/WalterScott's poem "The Lay of the Last Minstrel":

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* Epigraph: {{Epigraph}}: A quote about patriotism from Creator/WalterScott's poem "The Lay of the Last Minstrel":
31st Mar '14 12:24:14 PM Aquila89
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->Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,\\

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->Breathes -->Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,\\
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