Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions (1973) by Kurt Vonnegut is apparently perhaps the most ‘Vonnegut’ like of his books. It just didn’t work for me. Slaughterhouse 5 and The Sirens of Titan are absolutely superb books but Breakfast of Champions, while an interesting read, didn’t grab me anywhere nearly as much as they had.
The book concerns the wonderfully named Kilgore Trout, a failed science fiction writer who a strange businessman decides is a genius and brings to an art festival and Dwayne Hoover,  a successful businessman who has a life that soon collapses. Vonnegut himself also appears in the novel, talking to his characters. A number of characters from other Vonnegut novels also appear.
The book just didn’t work for me. The humour seemed a bit pressed and the breaking of the fourth wall didn’t appeal. Still, it was most definitely an interesting book and clearly many people who love Vonnegut also live this book.


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