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Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Breakfast of Champions i Breakfast of Champions i provides frantic scattershot satire and a collage of Vonnegut s obsessions His recurring cast of characters and American landscape was perhaps the most controversial of his canon it was felt by many at the time to be a disappointing successor to i Slaughterhouse Five i which had made Vonnegut s literary reputation .

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The core of the novel is Kilgore Trout a familiar character very deliberately modeled on the science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon a fact that Vonnegut conceded frequently in interviews and that was based upon his own occasional relationship with Sturgeon Here Kilgore Trout is an itinerant wandering from one science fiction convention to another he intersects with the protagonist Dwayne Hoover one of Vonnegut s typically boosterish lost and stupid mid American characters and their intersection is the excuse for the evocation of many others familiar and unfamiliar dredged from Vonnegut s gallery The central issue is concerned with intersecting and apposite views of reality and much of the narrative is filtered through Trout who is neither certifiably insane nor a visionary writer but can pass for either depending upon Dwayne Hoover s and Vonnegut s view of the situation .

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America when this novel was published was in the throes of Nixon Watergate and the unraveling of our intervention in Vietnam the nation was beginning to fragment ideologically and geographically and Vonnegut sought to cram all of this dysfunction and a goofy desperate kind of hope the irrational comfort given through the genre of science fiction into a sprawling narrative whose sense if any is situational not conceptual Reviews were polarized the novel was celebrated for its bizarre aspects and became the basis of a Bruce Willis movie adaptation whose reviews were not nearly so polarized Most critics hated it

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eloquent and deeply funny plea against butchery in the service of authority i Slaughterhouse Five i boasts the same imagination humanity and gleeful appreciation of the absurd found in Vonnegut s other works but the book s basis in rock hard tragic fact gives it a unique poignancy and humor, This short story collection i Welcome to the Monkey House i incorporates almost completely Vonnegut s Canary in a Cathouse which appeared within a few months of i Slaughterhouse Five i and capitalized upon that breakthrough novel and the enormous attention it suddenly brought br br Drawn from both specialized science fiction magazines and the big circulation general magazines which Vonnegut had been one of the few science writers to sell the collection includes some of his most accomplished work from to The title story may be his most famous a diabolical government asserts control through compulsory technology removing orgasm from sex but Vonnegut s bitterness and wit not in his earlier work as poisonous or unshielded as it later became is well demonstrated br br Two early stories from Galaxy science fiction magazine and one from Fantasy amp Science Fiction the famous Harrison Bergeron show Vonnegut s careful command of a genre about which he was always ambivalent stories like More Stately Mansions or The Foster Portfolio the confines and formula of a popular fiction of which he was always suspicious Vonnegut s affection for humanity and bewilderment as its corruption are manifest in these early works br br Several of these stories those which appeared in Collier s were commissioned by Vonnegut s Cornell classmate and great supporter Knox Burger also born in br br Contents br br xii Preface Welcome to the Monkey House essay by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br Where I Live non genre short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr variant of You ve Never Been to Barnstable as by Kurt Vonnegut br Harrison Bergeron short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br Who Am I This Time non genre short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr variant of My Name Is Everyone as by Kurt Vonnegut br Welcome to the Monkey House short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br Long Walk to Forever non genre short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br The Foster Portfolio non genre short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br Miss Temptation non genre short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br All the King s Horses non genre short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br Tom Edison s Shaggy Dog non genre short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br New Dictionary non genre essay by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br Next Door non genre short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br More Stately Mansions non genre short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br The Hyannis Port Story non genre short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br D P non genre short story by Kurt Vonnegut Jr as by Kurt Vonnegut br 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