Breakfast of Champions is vintage Vonnegut. One of his favorite characters, aging writer Kilgore Trout, finds to his horror that a Midwest car dealer is taking his fiction as truth. The result 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.
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"We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane." So reads the tombstone of downtrodden writer Kilgore Trout, but we have no doubt who's really talking: his alter ego Kurt Vonnegut. Health versus sickness, humanity versus inhumanity--both sets of ideas bounce through this challenging and funny book. As with the rest of Vonnegut's pure fantasy, it lacks the shimmering, fact-fueled rage that illuminates Slaughterhouse-Five. At the same time, that makes this book perhaps more enjoyable to read.
Breakfast of Champions is a slippery, lucid, bleakly humorous jaunt through (sick? inhumane?) America circa 1973, with Vonnegut acting as our Virgil-like companion. The book follows its main character, auto-dealing solid-citizen Dwayne Hoover, down into madness, a condition brought on by the work of the aforementioned Kilgore Trout. As Dwayne cracks, then crumbles, Breakfast of Champions coolly shows the effects his dementia has on the web of characters surrounding him. It's not much of a plot, but it's enough for Vonnegut to air unique opinions on America, sex, war, love, and all of his other pet topics--you know, the only ones that really count.From the Back Cover:
"It's marvelous...he wheels out all the complaints about America and makes them seem fresh, funny, outrageous, hateful and lovable."
--The New York Times
"Vonnegut is George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer....A zany but moral mad scientist."
"Free-wheeling, wild and great....Uniquely Vonnegut."
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Descripción Paperback. Estado de conservación: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Nº de ref. de la librería GOR001250934
Descripción Paperback. Estado de conservación: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Nº de ref. de la librería GOR001412778
Descripción Granada, London, 1982. Paperback. Estado de conservación: Very Good-. Illustrated by Author Ilustrador. Reprint; Fifth Printing. Light reading and copver creases, light staining to top of inside front cover and early pages, paper toned. ; Nice tight good reading copy, no names inside. ; B&W Illustrations; 272 pages; The American Dream turned into nightmare satire as a car salesman slowly goes insane. Mass Market PB. Nº de ref. de la librería 20813
Descripción Grafton, 1987. Mass Market Paperback. Estado de conservación: Very Good. rpt. Nº de ref. de la librería V00681
Descripción Panther Books Ltd, Frogmore, 1975. Soft Cover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. First Thus. Text and illustrations very good to fine. Spine crease. Nº de ref. de la librería 010886
Descripción Granada, 1982. Reprint. Estado de conservación: fine. 1982 Granada edition paperback fine In stock shipped from our UK warehouse. Nº de ref. de la librería 64883
Descripción Granada, 1981. New Edition. Estado de conservación: fine. Granada paperback nesr fine condition. In stock shipped from our UK warehouse. Nº de ref. de la librería 44137
Descripción Panther (Granada Publishing), Frogmore, St Albans, Hert, UK, 1975. Mass Market Paperback. Estado de conservación: Very Good. First Thus. 271pp incl numerous naive but wonderful drawings by the author. First hard-cover UK publication 1973. Granada Panther Special Overseas Edition published 1974. This copy is a first printing from the subsequent Panther publication in 1975. Small gift inscription to bottom of one of the prelim pages. Pages quite heavily age-tanned. Some creasing to bottom corner of back cover. Spine is uncreased. The book looks fresh and has that heady aroma that can only come from a vintage paperback. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Nº de ref. de la librería 003513
Descripción HarperCollins Distribution Services, 1974. Paperback. Estado de conservación: Good. New edition. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Nº de ref. de la librería 0586040110