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Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

Breakfast of Champions (original 1973; edition 1999)

by Kurt Vonnegut

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Title:Breakfast of Champions
Authors:Kurt Vonnegut
Info:Dial Press Trade Paperback (1999), Paperback, 303 pages
Collections:Your library, Fiction
Tags:contemporary fiction, humor, satire, shelved

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Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut (1973)

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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 |
Kilgore Trout is a novelist who is not at all known. Dwayne Hoover is an obnoxiously “charming” and wealthy auto salesman who is going nuts. He eventually believes from Kilgore Trout (when he meets Trout at a fine arts festival) that everyone but himself is a robot. Vonnegut writes himself into this novel and has himself meeting Trout near the end of the book! Ha! Some of the lines of this book are outrageously funny. Vonnegut does a great job of satirizing those things in our world that needs to be criticized. How did I ever miss this author back in the 70’s? I’m going to catch up on some of his writing now! ( )
  SqueakyChu | Apr 17, 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
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In Memory of Phoebe Hurty,,
who comforted me in Indianapolis--
during the Great Depression
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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.

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