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5.0 out of 5 stars Weird and wonderful: pure Vonnegut, March 28, 2002
This review is from: Breakfast of Champions: A Novel (Paperback)
Kurt Vonnegut's novel "Breakfast of Champions" follows the odyssey of oddball science fiction writer Kilgore Trout from his melancholy childhood in Bermuda, to the sleazy underside of New York City, and eventually to a fateful encounter with car dealer Wayne Hoover, a man "on the brink of going insane." Within this framework Vonnegut weaves an amazing satiric tapestry that looks at racism, mental illness, environmental crises, the nature and function of art, and many other issues. The book is filled with Vonnegut's own quirky illustrations.
"Breakfast" is harsh, even cruel, but also tender and compassionate; it's laugh-out-loud funny, yet haunting and tragic. It's also a reality-warping metaphysical triumph; Vonnegut breaks down the barriers between reality and fiction, and invites the reader into the very process of the novel's creation. He creates a more intimate bond between author, reader, and fictional character than any other writer I can think of.
Vonnegut presents some of American literature's most memorable characters in "Breakfast." But my favorite is undoubtedly Trout. Throughout the book we also get glimpses of Trout's own voluminous body of work, and meet some of his bizarre sci-fi characters. The book as a whole is also enriched by Vonnegut's unique style; he writes as if for an extraterrestrial audience to whom humanity is utterly alien.
"Breakfast" is a profane, naughty, yet profoundly spiritual book. Filled with strange and vivid details, it's an oddly comforting modern-day testament for our fractured world. Thanks, Kurt.
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Initial post: Jul 1, 2013 12:35:03 PM PDT
coolhand says:
The car dealer, bordering on insanity, is called Dwayne. :)

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 12:37:33 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 1, 2013 12:37:59 PM PDT
coolhand says:
Kilgore's farting / tap-dancing alien story made me laugh out loud, especially when he attempts to alert passers-by to a house fire and is beaten with a golf club.
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