Title: Breakfast of Champions
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Originally published: 1973
The dice landed on: 5
Did I finish?: Yes
Do I like the cover?: It’s OK
Set in the fictional town of Midland City, it is the story of “two lonesome, skinny, fairly old white men on a planet which was dying fast.” One of these men, Dwayne Hoover, is a normal-looking but deeply deranged Pontiac dealer and Burger Chef franchise owner who becomes obsessed with the writings of the other man, Kilgore Trout, taking them for literal truth. Trout, a largely unknown pulp science fiction writer who has appeared in several other Vonnegut novels, looks like a crazy old man but is in fact relatively sane. As the novel opens, Trout journeys toward Midland City to appear at a convention where he is destined to meet Dwayne Hoover and unwittingly inspire him to run amok.
I do like Kurt Vonnegut’s books. I like his writing style, with the short sentences. I also like the drawings of the most mundane things, and that the story takes the oddest turns. I like his humor, it’s fairly caustic, and just up my alley. I like that his characters are multi-dimensional, without him using too many words to describe them. All this goes for Breakfast of Champions too.
This is not a book for you if you get offended by straight forward language and information about average penis- and chest-/waist-/hip-sizes. Otherwise…Enjoy!