Breakfast of Champions, Or, Goodbye Blue Monday!Paperback - 2006
In Breakfast of Champions, one of Kurt Vonnegut's most beloved characters, the aging writer Kilgore Trout, finds to his horror that a Midwest car dealer is taking his fiction as truth. What follows is murderously funny satire, as Vonnegut looks at war, sex, racism, success, politics, and pollution in America and reminds us how to see the truth.
"Free-wheeling, wild and great . . . uniquely Vonnegut."-- Publishers Weekly
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This book surrounds Kilgore Trout, who is a hermit novelist selling his stories to nudey magazines. Meanwhile Dwayne Hoover is a mentally unstable car salesman living in Midland city. Vonnegut dissects two days down to a novel, as he pieces together, bit by bit, the events leading up to their meeting, and Dwayne Hoover's consequential rampage through a local hotel. His dark humor and aggressive disdain toward censorship creates an air of hubris toward his own species, and the strangeness of their habits, with a chilling satire on our day to day lives, and the mental instability we all have within.
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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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