Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
A Novel

64%

13 Critic Reviews

Breakfast of Champions is a satirical attack on the culture, ideas, and concerns which shaped America in the seventies; that is clear from the opening pages...This is the sort of book which by its idiosyncratic nature and satirical ambitions attempts to walk a narrow path between black comedy and irritating eccentricity for the sake of it.
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Synopsis

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.


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About Kurt Vonnegut

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Kurt Vonnegut was a master of contemporary American literature. His black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America's attention in The Sirens of Titan in 1959 and established him as "a true artist" with Cat's Cradle in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene declared, "one of the best living American writers." Mr. Vonnegut passed away in April 2007.
 
Published September 21, 2009 by The Dial Press. 322 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Breakfast of Champions
All: 13 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Above average
on Oct 06 2011

All of this is told in Mr. Vonnegut's appropriately discontinuous fashion from deceptive non to as the crow flies sequitur and there are magic marker pictures comic-stripped in throughout the text including an AJAX truck and a mechanical beetle made by the Germans and an electric chair.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Michael Ian Black on Nov 20 2015

The stars here are the story and the ideas and Vonnegut himself, who is always funny in the way that banging your knee can sometimes be funny: You hurt like hell and so the only thing to do about it is laugh.

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NY Times

Above average
on May 03 1980

You have to hand it to Kurt Vonnegut Jr. In his eighth novel, "Breakfast of Champions, or Goodbye Blue Monday," he performs considerable complex magic. He makes pornography seem like any old plumbing, violence like lovemaking, innocence like evil, and guilt like child's play.

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Aaron Fleming on Jun 07 2006

The plot may be slender but the highlights come in the nuggets of brilliant farce slipped in-between, or the hilarious synopses of Kilgore’s obscure novels that punctuate his hitchhiking across the continent.

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Aaron Fleming on Jun 07 2006

The storyline is pretty slight, but, as I said before, it’s all in the asides, and the gleeful wordplay that frames it...The plot may be slender but the highlights come in the nuggets of brilliant farce slipped in-between...Let Kurt Vonnegut take you on an excursion into American culture on a torrent of riotous self-acknowledgement.

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Sean Chumley on Jun 23 2010

Kurt Vonnegut was one of America's great fiction writers, and Breakfast of Champions will stand up as one of his greatest works (even if the movie version isn't as wonderful). He's surprisingly easy to read and very approachable.

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Journal Sentinel

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Reviewed by Jim Higgins on Jun 03 2011

Vonngeut did not give female characters leading roles in the novels collected in this Library of America volume, but in this book he shows considerable compassion for the way that working-class women were dependent on the men in their lives, and how those women suppressed parts of themselves to survive.

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Spirituality & Practice

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Reviewed by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat on Jan 30 2013

And in his eighth novel, Breakfast of Champions, he has brought us face to face with the modern world as a chamber of horrors — a plastic fantastic mad mad mad mad world...Like any other Vonnegut work, Breakfast of Champions is about what it means to be alive and kickin'. The universe is unreasonable.

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The Moderate Voice

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Reviewed by JOE GANDELMAN on Apr 11 2008

Breakfast of Champions tells the story of sci-fi writer Kilgore Trout...and Dwayne Hoover the auto dealer...This book serves more as a commentary on the American way of life, and Vonnegut does this with his sarcastic wit and satire...I recommend Breakfast of Champions even if it is not your taste

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Things Mean a Lot

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Reviewed by Ana S. on Jul 15 2010

I enjoyed Breakfast of Champions, but it’s probably my least favourite of all the Kurt Vonnegut novels I’ve read to date. There’s nothing wrong with it, really, and there isn’t even anything about it that’s all that different from Vonnegut’s other novels. But I guess I was in the mood for a gentler sort of read...

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Book Chatter

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Reviewed by Ti on Jul 11 2013

Clearly, I missed the message with this one and I am always searching for a message when I read. But this one was just way, way out there. Too much for my over-addled brain to compute at the time... I can’t recommend unless you want to experience an acid trip without actually dropping acid.

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Sarah Says Read

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Reviewed by Sarah on Aug 22 2013

Here’s the thing – I HATE Vonnegut’s choppy, simplistic, weird-just-to-be-weird style of writing...eventually reading this book got so tedious that I didn’t give a crap what he was saying anymore, I just wanted it to be over.

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Reviewed by Simon McLeish on May 28 2010

Breakfast of Champions is a satirical attack on the culture, ideas, and concerns which shaped America in the seventies; that is clear from the opening pages...This is the sort of book which by its idiosyncratic nature and satirical ambitions attempts to walk a narrow path between black comedy and irritating eccentricity for the sake of it.

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