Breakfast of Champions: A Novel (Paperback)

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Continuing his
segmented-market approach to thematic topics, Vonnegut wrote Breakfast of Champions to address the
mid-life crisis he had begun to suffer at the time, using the novel as his way
to get rid of all the “junk” in his head. Executing fully its task, B of C  is unabashedly stream-of-conscious, filled
with asides of social commentary, internal musings, bizarre drawings, and
whatever else Vonnegut decides to speak on. The difficulties of moving on,
living life, and accepting death that Vonnegut’s characters face are just as
much his own problems as they are his fictional beings’. Making full use of his
unrivaled intelligence, humanist compassion, and always-firing satirical voice,
Vonnegut effortlessly weaves a web of thematic significance and profound
realization. . I think it is fair to say that nothing in Vonnegut’s head is
anywhere close to “junk.”    

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Description


“Marvelous . . . [Vonnegut] wheels out all the complaints about America and makes them seem fresh, funny, outrageous, hateful and lovable.”—The New York Times

In Breakfast of Champions, one of Kurt Vonnegut’s most beloved characters, the aging writer Kilgore Trout, finds to his horror that a Midwest car dealer is taking his fiction as truth. What follows is murderously funny satire, as Vonnegut looks at war, sex, racism, success, politics, and pollution in America and reminds us how to see the truth.

“Free-wheeling, wild and great . . . uniquely Vonnegut.”—Publishers Weekly

About the Author


Kurt Vonnegut’s black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America’s attention in The Sirens of Titan in 1959 and established him as “a true artist” (The New York Times) with Cat’s Cradle in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene declared, “one of the best living American writers.” Mr. Vonnegut passed away in April 2007.

Praise For…


“Marvelous . . . [Vonnegut] wheels out all the complaints about America and makes them seem fresh, funny, outrageous, hateful and lovable.”The New York Times

“Free-wheeling, wild and great . . . uniquely Vonnegut.”Publishers Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385334204
ISBN-10: 0385334206
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
Publication Date: May 11th, 1999
Pages: 320
Language: English