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Breakfast of Champions.

Vonnegut, Kurt. , Jr.

ISBN 10: 0385280890 / ISBN 13: 9780385280891
Published by Dutton, New York, 1973
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Very good+ in a priceclipped very good+ DJ. (Light trace of foxing at edges. 2 1/2"-inch tear with internal tape repairs at base of rear panel of DJ. A few short edge tears as well) (LRC) ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 295 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 3112140

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Title: Breakfast of Champions.

Publisher: Dutton, New York

Publication Date: 1973

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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Synopsis:

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

Review:

"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.

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