Monday, January 30, 2006

Breakfast of Champions


Category: Fantasy/Science Fiction

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Summary: "We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane." So reads the tombstone of downtrodden writer Kilgore Trout. Health versus sickness, humanity versus inhumanity--both sets of ideas bounce through this challenging and funny book. Breakfast of Champions is a slippery, lucid, bleakly humorous jaunt America circa 1973. 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.

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