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"We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane." So reads the tombstone of downtrodden writer Kilgore Trout, but we have no doubt who's really talking: his alter ego Kurt Vonnegut. Health versus sickness, humanity versus inhumanity--both sets of ideas bounce through this challenging and funny book. As with the rest of Vonnegut's pure fantasy, it lacks the shimmering, fact-fueled rage that illuminates Slaughterhouse-Five. At the same time, that makes this book perhaps more enjoyable to read.
Breakfast of Champions is a slippery, lucid, bleakly humorous jaunt through (sick? inhumane?) America circa 1973, with Vonnegut acting as our Virgil-like companion. The book follows its main character, auto-dealing solid-citizen Dwayne Hoover, down into madness, a condition brought on by the work of the aforementioned Kilgore Trout. As Dwayne cracks, then crumbles, Breakfast of Champions coolly shows the effects his dementia has on the web of characters surrounding him. It's not much of a plot, but it's enough for Vonnegut to air unique opinions on America, sex, war, love, and all of his other pet topics--you know, the only ones that really count. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Vonnegut performs considerable complex magic... Fresh, funny, outrageous...he very nearly levitates" New York Times "A great deal of wit and playfulness...an entire universe of disorder is distilled" Guardian "Outrageous, witty, thought-provoking, unputdownable, scintillating, invigorating, ennobling, enlightening and masterly" Spectator "Brilliant... It seems, at times, as if Voltaire has returned to satirise the horrors of plastic, disposable America" Sunday Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Vonnegut's unique style and wild imagination makes this story worthwhile reading. It is hilarious, strange, bizarre and curious but always interesting. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Yvan Clermont
I came late to Kurt Vonnegut but Youtube Conferences are responsible for my late arrival in the K.V. continent. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jean-pierre Petits
I am a huge Vonnegut fan, but I have to say that this one didn't do it for me.
Maybe it's because "Cat's Cradle" or "Slaughter house 5" and many others... Read more
Bought this as a gift for a voracious reader....it was on his wish list so I got it for him. He devoured it in a day. Like I mentioned...a voracious reader.Published on April 23 2013 by Marie Lennox
If you like satire, it doesn't get any better. The things Vonnegut comes up with is just unbelievable, he's got to be the most creative writer ever. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2011 by Mektwist
Such a funny, clever book. When I start getting bored with reading, I always pick up a Vonnegut book. If it doesn't spark your interest, nothing will. Read morePublished on Dec 14 2007 by Benjamin Anderson
this was my first vonnegut book, but it certainly won't be the last. this was a wonderful book on free will and how we choose to see the world and our ever eternal fight against... Read morePublished on July 4 2007 by elfdart