Breakfast of Champions
Or, Goodbye Blue Monday!Book - 1973
In Breakfast of Champions, one of Kurt Vonnegut's most beloved characters, the aging writer Kilgore Trout, finds to his horror that a Midwest car dealer is taking his fiction as truth. What follows is murderously funny satire, as Vonnegut looks at war, sex, racism, success, politics, and pollution in America and reminds us how to see the truth.
"Free-wheeling, wild and great . . . uniquely Vonnegut."-- Publishers Weekly
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And I think now, as my fiftieth birthday draws near, about the American novelist Thomas Wolfe, who was only thirty-eight years old when he died. He got a lot of help in organizing his novels from Maxwell Perkins, his editor at Charles Scribner's Sons. I have heard that Perkins told him to keep in mind as he wrote, a unifying idea, a hero's search for a father.
It seems to me that really truthful American novels would have the heroes and heroines alike looking for <i>mothers</i> instead. This needn't be embarrassing. It's simply true.
A mother is more useful.
I wouldn't feel particularly good if I found another father. Neither would Dwayne Hoover. Neither would Kilgore Trout.
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