This must be the fourth or fifth time I have read Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. – I had first read it in the late 1970s, and have always considered it as a ‘classic’ that needs to be read again and again.
It is difficult to categorize this book, but here are the categories that it may fit in: fiction, biting satire, black humor, science fiction/ fantasy, and serious literature. The fact that the book has alternate titles may provide a hint on the unpredictability, and difficulty at slotting the book.
|Title||Breakfast of Champions or
Goodbye Blue Monday
|Initially Published In||1973|
|Formats Available||Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle|
“Marvelous . . . [Vonnegut] wheels out all the complaints about America and makes them seem fresh, funny, outrageous, hateful and lovable.”
—The New York Times
It is the story of “two lonesome, skinny, fairly old white men on a planet which was dying fast.”
Dwayne Hoover, is a charming, rich man – he runs a Pontiac dealership, owns land and is franchisee for many chains (like the Holiday Inn) in and around Midland City. Dwayne’s mind is disintegrating because of bad chemicals that his body is producing. However, no one appears to recognize the signs of his mental disturbances.