Breakfast of Champions

Or, Goodbye Blue Monday!

Vonnegut, Kurt

Book - 1999
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Breakfast of Champions
Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
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

Publisher: New York : Dell, 1999, c1973
ISBN: 9780385334204
Branch Call Number: FIC V
Characteristics: 302 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Alternate Title: Goodbye blue Monday!


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Mar 17, 2015
  • writermala rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is not a genre that I usually enjoy but once I started reading this book I was held enthralled. Unmistakable satire combined with fresh characters keeps the pace lively. The one statement the author made, which I couldn't agree with more though is, "Science fiction writers know nothing about science." Obviously Vonnegut is speaking tongue in cheek here.

Sep 09, 2013

A wonderful work; one of the first books that truly engaged me at a young age.

Jan 23, 2013
  • Funktron rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Snarky, hilarious, depressing, and cynical. With an odd story about two quirky, unstable souls, Vonnegut gives an entertaining look at the (still valid in 2013) problems with American culture. I enjoyed it for the heart from which it came.

Jul 19, 2012
  • lemonnut rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Vonnegut has been on my list to read for a long time. I enjoyed the book - he definitely has a very distinct voice, and it was an entertaining read.

May 16, 2012
  • justmepolly rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The central characters are Kilgore Trout and Dwayne - but not really. The true main character is Vonnegut himself.

Aug 06, 2011
  • Raiiner rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Beautiful, beautiful work. The last few chapters especially.

Feb 15, 2011
  • daymakerdave rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I love this book.

Sep 04, 2009
  • Anarchy_Bunny rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Most days I can't decide which is the bestest novel - this or Slaughterhouse Five. I have yet to come to a consensus on this matter. Read both and figure it out for yourself.


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Jan 23, 2013
  • Funktron rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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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