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Breakfast Of Champions

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  192,219 Ratings  ·  5,485 Reviews
"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 shim ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 295 pages
Published May 28th 1973 by New York: Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence (first published 1973)
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Cj My favorite Vonnegut book is 'Bluebeard.' While not as humorous as his other books, though still funny, it is an excellent read. It tugs at the heart…moreMy favorite Vonnegut book is 'Bluebeard.' While not as humorous as his other books, though still funny, it is an excellent read. It tugs at the heart strings a bit in it's sentimentality. (less)
Connie Harper Yes - I didn't love Slaughterhouse Five, but I thought Breakfast of Champions was mind-blowing genius.

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Honey
Jul 24, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am about to finish Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions. I checked out the book from the Multnomah County Library four weeks ago. I've never read anything by Kurt Vonnegut before. The book looks like this:

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I'm enjoying the book because it feels easy to read. I'm not enjoying the book because parts of it induce discomfort. There are many things in the universe that make me feel the opposite of discomfort. One of those things is a lava lamp.

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Barry Pierce
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Manic depressives and Drāno enthusiasts
A novel is a dead tree with words on it. Breakfast of Champions is a great dead tree with words on it.
Emily May
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, 2016
I have a little inner book snob that desperately wants to like Vonnegut. In the very unlikely event that I should find myself at a convention of bookish intellectuals, I feel like I'd fit right in if I sipped my champagne and said "Oh yes, indeed, I simply adore what Vonnegut has to say about the absence of free will..."

This is the kind of bollocks that runs through my mind on a daily basis.

Unfortunately, I just don't find him that funny most of the time. Perhaps jokes about open beavers are fu
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Lisa
The Emperor’s New Clothes,

As retold by Kurt Vonnegut, taking a leak (view spoiler) in front of Humanity to mirror their fictionalized realities!

(Vonnegut was apparently capable of prophetically foreshadowing what would happen to America in the 21st century, when leaks are indeed mirrors of the country's general condition! America is really taking the piss, and he KNEW it would happen.)

Once upon a time, there was
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Tim P
Jul 09, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
God, what a terrible book of nonsense.

The two main characters are just overly weird and bizarre for the sake of being bizarre. And I mean really really bizarre. (I suspect many people say they like Vonnegut because he is so damn weird, but theres gotta be a purpose to it. You can't just have completely random ridiculous thoughts that do not have any purpose towards the message of the story. When you do that, its like the intellectual version of VH1 reality; people love it for shock value, while
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Joe
Jul 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People with bad chemicals in their heads
Good old Kurt (God rest his soul) has truly helped me understand what all this fuss is about "wide open beavers".
This is a quick and rewarding read (with funny drawings) that makes you think about the world in a totally new way. I love how Vonnegut writes about America as a civilization which died out long ago and is addressing an audience who knows nothing of it.
This book is hilarious and heart-breaking at the same time. It follows a sci-fi author (Trout) of Vonnegut's own creation who meets a
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Breakfast of Champions or Goodbye Blue Monday, Kurt Vonnegut
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عنوان: صبحانه قهرمانان؛ نویسنده: کورت ونه گات؛ مترجم: راضیه رحمانی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، ققنوس، 1393، در 312 ص، مصور، شابک: 9786002781147؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - قرن 20 م
صبحانه قهرمانان رمانی طنزآمیز است. دغدغه های ذهن نويسنده، درباره ی دو پیرمرد سفیدپوست لاغر اندام، که روی سیاره ای در حال مرگ زندگی میکنند. کیلگور تراوت، نویسنده ای پرکار و در عین حال ناکام است، که به جز یک ن
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Anthony Vacca
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Back before I nicked a diploma and put that particular time and place in the rearview, there were only two authors that nearly all of my fellow Liberal Arts College English majors blabbered-on about unendingly: Chuck Palahniuk and Kurt Vonnegut. (Lucky for us all that the Second Coming of Christ didn’t happen just once but twice!) Even though I had read and liked Slaughterhouse Five as a young, emotionally-stunted and delusional fifteen year-old, I had also dutifully read through six of Chucky’s ...more
Lyn
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my earliest favorites and I have gone back to revisit several times over the years.

In high school I was both amazed and hooked by Vonnegut's wry humor and devilish mid-western charm. I have since caught on to the more serious metaphors and themes into which he delves. But the humor drew me in initially and makes me think of Vonnegut today.

Insanity explained as a chemical imbalance and dysfunctional families, relationships and communities described as matter of factly as a still l
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Bookdragon Sean
I needed this book. You have no idea how much so. Vonnegut is just so hilarious. There is a certain sense of wisdom in perfect irony, and Vonnegut’s irony is anything but perfect. It boarders upon the outrageous and plain mad. His ideas are crazy yet strangely perceptive; it’s like he sees beyond the idiotic surface world of human culture, of life itself, and makes fun of it. He points at it and has a good old laugh. If you read his books, he’ll share it with you too! He's good like that.

“The t
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Kurt Vonnegut, Junior was an American novelist, satirist, and most recently, graphic artist. He was recognized as New York State Author for 2001-2003.

He was born in Indianapolis, later the setting for many of his novels. He attended Cornell University from 1941 to 1943, where he wrote a column for the student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun. Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journali
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“We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane.” 406 likes
“Kilgore Trout once wrote a short story which was a dialogue between two pieces of yeast. They were discussing the possible purposes of life as they ate sugar and suffocated in their own excrement. Because of their limited intelligence, they never came close to guessing that they were making champagne.” 334 likes
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