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Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
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Breakfast of Champions (1973)

by Kurt Vonnegut

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I've only read two Vonnegut books, and as this one is a bit of a 50th birthday exercise for KV to say goodbye to his characters (as Jefferson freed his slaves at age 50, apparently), my impression may not be an altogether true one. But it is this: Kurt Vonnegut only really writes one book, it gets new chapters from time to time, it is brilliantly different in that the perspective is a special sort of 4th wall meets omniscient narration.
I thought sections of BoC were beautifully mind-expanding. I became aware of how his work had influenced other writers I like (Phillip K Dick and Grant Morrison). If not everyone else... seriously - is any writer not a fan of KV? Probably, I'm just too lazy to google it.

The pacing, and variance of theme, are beautiful in Breakfast of Champions. Also, a little personally therapeutic, on the author's part (I assume - along with his suggestion) riffing on the subjects of emotion, depression, suicide, and paternal legacy.

The actual climax was dull compared to the build-up, I'm afraid. Otherwise I may have gone to 5 stars. Also, the idea that reading one KV book is such a similar experience to reading another is something that costs it a little charm for me. I like when an artist gives a different sort of picture, or variation enough to provoke you to keep walking in the gallery.

Fully enjoyable. Happy to have chosen it as my vacation read. Goes well with sand and waves and mostly naked people walking around like that's perfectly normal. ( )
  Ron18 | Feb 17, 2019 |
maybe my steady diet of Vonnegut has raised my expectations ? so far Bluebeard and Player Piano are my favorites ! ( )
  nkmunn | Nov 17, 2018 |
Biting satire abounds in this Vonnegut classic. Issues of race, destruction of the planet, and violence, among others, are all address in his signature style. ( )
  redwritinghood38 | Nov 6, 2018 |
The idea was brilliant. Well executed and thought inducing.

And so on. ( )
  simonspacecadet | Jul 29, 2018 |
This was my first Vonnegut novel (I previously had only read some of his short fiction) and I really enjoyed it. His writing style is unlike anyone else's in a delightful -- though perhaps "acquired taste" -- sort of way. This book satirizes American culture and makes some vitally important statements about racism and other social ills that feel timely today, decades after its publication. ( )
  sparemethecensor | Jun 28, 2018 |
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Vonnegut, Kurtprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ceriani, CeciliaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Durand, GuyAuteursecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Egan, RobertAdaptersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gardini, CarlosTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jařab, JosefAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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When he hath tried me,
I shall come forth as gold.
-JOB
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In Memory of Phoebe Hurty,,
who comforted me in Indianapolis--
during the Great Depression
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This is the tale of a meeting of two lonely, skinny, fairly old white men on a planet which was dying fast.
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Roses are red and ready for plucking; you’re sixteen and ready for high school.
Here is a picture of a wide open beaver.
Sometimes I wonder about the creator of the universe.
The chief weapon of sea pirates, however, was their capacity to astonish. Nobody else could believe, until it was too late, how heartless and greedy they were.
New knowledge is the most valuable commodity on earth. The more truth we have to work with, the richer we become.
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