Breakfast of Champions: A Novel by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

By Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Breakfast Of Champions is classic Vonnegut. certainly one of his favourite characters, getting older author Kilgore Trout, reveals to his horror Midwest automobile broker is taking his fiction as fact. the result's murderously humorous satire as Vonnegut appears to be like at battle, intercourse, racism, luck, politics, and pollutants in the US and reminds us tips on how to see the reality.

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Fred T. Barry, incidentally, was exactly the same age as Trout. They had the same birthday. But they certainly didn’t look anything alike. Fred T. Barry didn’t even look like a white man anymore, even though he was of pure English stock. As he grew older and older and happier and happier, and all his hair fell out everywhere, he came to look like an ecstatic old Chinaman. He looked so much like a Chinaman that he had taken to dressing like a Chinaman. Real Chinamen often mistook him for a real Chinaman.

Harry could be arrested for what he did on weekends. He could be fined up to three thousand dollars and sentenced to as much as five years at hard labor in the Sexual Offenders’ Wing of the Adult Correctional Institution at Shepherdstown. • • • So poor Harry spent a wretched Veterans’ Day weekend after that. But Dwayne spent a worse one. Here is what the last night of that weekend was like for Dwayne: his bad chemicals rolled him out of bed. They made him dress as though there were some sort of emergency with which he had to deal.

He would kid Bill about that. ” he’d say, or, “Seems like you’ve got a touch of the old emphysema, Bill,” or, “We never discussed what kind of a funeral you want, Bill. ” And so on. He told Bill that humanity deserved to die horribly, since it had behaved so cruelly and wastefully on a planet so sweet. “We’re all Heliogabalus, Bill,” he would say. This was the name of a Roman emperor who had a sculptor make a hollow, life-size iron bull with a door on it. The door could be locked from the outside.

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