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Breakfast of Champions, Or, Goodbye Blue Monday!

Vonnegut, Kurt

(Book - 2006)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Breakfast of Champions, Or, Goodbye Blue Monday!
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The author questions the condition of modern man in this novel depicting a science fiction writer's struggle to find peace and sanity in the world.
Publisher: New York : Dial Press, 2006, c1973
Edition: Dial Press trade paperback ed
ISBN: 9780385334204
0385334206
Branch Call Number: FICTION VONNEGUT 2006
Characteristics: 302 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm

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Using quirky characters, an offbeat premise, and simplistic doodles, Vonnegut delivers a poignant critique of American society that is both funny and though provoking. (Charly's pick)

The author questions the condition of modern man in this novel depicting a science fiction writer's struggle to find peace and sanity in the world.


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A wonderful work; one of the first books that truly engaged me at a young age.

Jan 23, 2013
  • Funktron rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Snarky, hilarious, depressing, and cynical. With an odd story about two quirky, unstable souls, Vonnegut gives an entertaining look at the (still valid in 2013) problems with American culture. I enjoyed it for the heart from which it came.

Jul 19, 2012
  • lemonnut rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Vonnegut has been on my list to read for a long time. I enjoyed the book - he definitely has a very distinct voice, and it was an entertaining read.

May 16, 2012
  • justmepolly rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The central characters are Kilgore Trout and Dwayne - but not really. The true main character is Vonnegut himself.

Aug 06, 2011
  • Raiiner rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Beautiful, beautiful work. The last few chapters especially.

Sep 04, 2009
  • Anarchy_Bunny rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Most days I can't decide which is the bestest novel - this or Slaughterhouse Five. I have yet to come to a consensus on this matter. Read both and figure it out for yourself.

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Jan 23, 2013
  • Funktron rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

And I think now, as my fiftieth birthday draws near, about the American novelist Thomas Wolfe, who was only thirty-eight years old when he died. He got a lot of help in organizing his novels from Maxwell Perkins, his editor at Charles Scribner's Sons. I have heard that Perkins told him to keep in mind as he wrote, a unifying idea, a hero's search for a father.

It seems to me that really truthful American novels would have the heroes and heroines alike looking for <i>mothers</i> instead. This needn't be embarrassing. It's simply true.

A mother is more useful.

I wouldn't feel particularly good if I found another father. Neither would Dwayne Hoover. Neither would Kilgore Trout.

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