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Breakfast of Champions: A Novel by Kurt…

Breakfast of Champions: A Novel (original 1973; edition 1999)

by Kurt Vonnegut (Author)

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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.
Title:Breakfast of Champions: A Novel
Authors:Kurt Vonnegut (Author)
Info:Dial Press Trade Paperback (1999), Edition: 59333rd, 303 pages
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Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut (1973)

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    The World According to Garp by John Irving (soffitta1)
    soffitta1: Both are left-field, with overlap in themes.
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    The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving (readandride)
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    Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (esswedl)
    esswedl: Both of these Vonnegut novels involve the question of free will (and both are great).
  4. 10
    Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson (sombrio)
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    One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey (sturlington)
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    Mist by Miguel de Unamuno (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: Books in which the author appears as himself and interacts with the characters while manipulating their fates.
  7. 01
    Something Happened by Joseph Heller (ateolf)
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    Kurt Vonnegut's crusade; or, How a postmodern harlequin preached a new kind of humanism by Todd F. Davis (pyrocow)

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I always forget how much I enjoy Vonnegut's writing (I'm sure that I've stated that before), even if his stories themselves are totally all over the place. As with the rest of his books, this story was really just a structure for his rambling, crazy, ideas; most of them are still hold up well even now, 40 years after publication (i.e. "West Point is a school that turns young men into homicidal maniacs"), while others haven't aged quite as well (i.e. All of the references to Black people using a certain slur.)

Audiobook notes - This is the first audiobook that I've listened to that was narrated by John Malkovich, and while his narration was excellent in itself, the production was a little rough in the earlier parts - his in-breathing was very loud, as was the turning of the pages. ( )
  KrakenTamer | Oct 23, 2021 |

I think the book was difficult to write because Slaughterhouse-Five was so good, and Vonnegut knew it would be hard to top. Despite the long gestation period, he wasn’t happy with the result and “gave it a C grade on a report card of his published work.” The critics were critical of it too, yet it remains one of his best known works – maybe in the wake of SH5‘s success?

Every artist has to deal with repetition, and Vonnegut tried to tackle it in this book by trying out two new things, but it are not much more than formal attempts, hardly changing the tone and the voice of his writing. The result is that Breakfast of Champions never rises above being generic Vonnegut. A quick dissection if you click the link:

Full review on Weighing A Pig Doesn't Fatten It ( )
  bormgans | Sep 9, 2021 |
I wanted to like this but I hated it. ( )
  crimsonraider | Apr 1, 2021 |
This book is a crazy, seeming to head in all different directions. It covers a lot of social issues and much is about free will. It kind of makes fun of everything and is pretty 'out there' a lot. The way it is highlights how ridiculous things are in real life. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Feb 17, 2021 |
A terrific read. A witty satire on the world, America, and its contents. He managed to break the fourth wall in a novel without being a know-it-all and annoying guy. I always try to slow down every time I read Vonnegut because I don't want his book to end. Let me put it into his style: a book is made of dead trees that are processed on a machine. This book is dead trees with clever words written on it. ( )
  bellacrl | Jan 19, 2021 |
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Vonnegut, Kurtprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Malkovich, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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