Vonnegut's ideas about true identity cause the reader to have to consider whether the main character really is a good or a bad guy. He also challenges the idea that there can ever be a true war against "evil." Here is one quote I enjoyed so much that I had to write it down (p. 160):
Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile.
20. A Man Without a Country – Kurt Vonnegut – After reading Mother Night, I had to have more Vonnegut! This is basically a collection of Vonnegut's ideas about our political situation, life, art, etc. One of my favorite parts of this book is when he compares our oil addiction to that of a cocaine addict who will commit violent crimes to obtain more drugs. I have to stop myself from devouring the rest of his books all in a row since there are only a finite number of them now that he's gone.
I was going to read New Moon next, but I just can't follow Vonnegut with a book about an angst-ridden teenager.