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Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
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Nov 12, 2010

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Read from February 04 to 14, 2010

After The Sparrow, I wanted to continue on my sci-fi novel kick. My friend, Jean, who isn’t really the biggest sci-fi fan recommended this book to me saying it was awesome and totally “up [my] alley,” so I gave it a whirl. What an intense, weird, hilarious, awesome, brutal, manic-depressive, testosterone-fuelled, craze-fest this novel is! I loved the directness and forcefulness of the prose. I loved the sense of humor. And the concept – a guy thinks that a sci-fi author’s book is a direct message to him from the Creator of the Universe telling him that he’s the only one with free will in the world and everyone else is a robot – is phenomenal. Dwayne Hoover is wonderful in his dysfunction, and Kilgore Trout, the sci-fi author, is an amazingly honest character. Waiting for them to meet as you know they will is as exciting as waiting for two cars that you see speeding toward the same intersection to crash. I’m lucky that the token penis owner that I read this year was the wonderfully crazy Kurt Vonnegut.

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Maria  Caporale I read this in the early 80s and remember thinking what a genius Vonnegut is. I couldn't put it down, found it troubling and fascinating at the same time; like having a complete mental breakdown and laughing at the insanity of our excesses. You know how the novel ends because you are told in the prologue, but the journey is amazingly and insanely captivating. I should re-read it and see if I feel the same way as I did 30 years ago. This was my second favorite Vonnegut (my #1 is Sirens of Titan).

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