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Kurt Vonnegut , Stanley Tucci
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2. März 2004 0060564970 978-0060564971 Unabridged

Breakfast of Champions is vintage Vonnegut. One of his favorite characters, aging writer Kilgore Trout, finds to his horror that a Midwest car dealer is taking his fiction as truth. The result 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.

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  • Hörkassette
  • Verlag: Caedmon; Auflage: Unabridged (2. März 2004)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0060564970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060564971
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,8 x 11,2 x 3,3 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.5 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (64 Kundenrezensionen)

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Kurt Vonnegut wurde 1922 in Indianapolis geboren. Er studierte an den Universitäten von Chicago und Tennessee und begann dann, für verschiedene Zeitschriften Kurzgeschichten zu schreiben. Seinen ersten Roman, Player Piano (Das höllische System), veröffentlichte er 1952. Es folgten viele weitere Romane, u.a. The Sirens of Titan (1959) (Die Sirenen des Titan), Mother Night (1961) (Mutter Nacht), Cat's Cradle (1963) (Katzenwiege), God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1964) (Gott segne Sie, Mr. Rosewater), Welcome to the Monkey House (1968) (Geh zurück zu deiner lieben Frau), eine Sammlung von Kurzgeschichten, sowie Breakfast of Champions (1973) (Frühstück für Helden), Slapstick, or Lonesome No More (1976) (Slapstick), Jailbird (1979) (Galgenvogel), Deadeye Dick (1982) (Zielwasser), Galapagos (1985) (Galapagos), Bluebeard (1987) (Blaubart) und Hocus Pocus (1990) (Hokus Pokus oder wohin so eilig?). Während des Zweiten Weltkriegs geriet Vonnegut in deutsche Kriegsgefangenschaft und wurde Zeuge der Luftangriffe auf Dresden, eine Erfahrung, die er in seinem berühmtesten Werk, Slaughterhouse Five or The Children's Crusade(1969) (Schlachthof 5 oder der Kinderkreuzzug), verarbeitete. Außerdem veröffentlichte er einen Band mit Reden und Reportagen, Palm Sunday (1981) (Das Nudelwerk), sowie die autobiographische Collage Fates Worse than Death (1991) (Dann lieber gleich tot).


"We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane." So reads the tombstone of downtrodden writer Kilgore Trout, but we have no doubt who's really talking: his alter ego Kurt Vonnegut. Health versus sickness, humanity versus inhumanity--both sets of ideas bounce through this challenging and funny book. As with the rest of Vonnegut's pure fantasy, it lacks the shimmering, fact-fueled rage that illuminates Slaughterhouse-Five. At the same time, that makes this book perhaps more enjoyable to read.

Breakfast of Champions is a slippery, lucid, bleakly humorous jaunt through (sick? inhumane?) America circa 1973, with Vonnegut acting as our Virgil-like companion. The book follows its main character, auto-dealing solid-citizen Dwayne Hoover, down into madness, a condition brought on by the work of the aforementioned Kilgore Trout. As Dwayne cracks, then crumbles, Breakfast of Champions coolly shows the effects his dementia has on the web of characters surrounding him. It's not much of a plot, but it's enough for Vonnegut to air unique opinions on America, sex, war, love, and all of his other pet topics--you know, the only ones that really count. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


"Vonnegut performs considerable complex magic... Fresh, funny, outrageous...he very nearly levitates" (New York Times)

"A great deal of wit and entire universe of disorder is distilled" (Guardian)

"Outrageous, witty, thought-provoking, unputdownable, scintillating, invigorating, ennobling, enlightening and masterly" (Spectator)

"Brilliant... It seems, at times, as if Voltaire has returned to satirise the horrors of plastic, disposable America" (Sunday Times) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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5.0 von 5 Sternen so honest it hurts 21. Juli 1999
Von Ein Kunde
What makes Vonnegut a true and marvelous master of the human condition and life and everything is his acceptance of the unexplainable. Rather than trying to give reasons and solutions, he simply lays it all out in a vastly entertaining style, and challenges his readers to make something of the mess. Here, with a unspectacular cast of characters whirling around in a lot of nothing, it's really rather amazing how deeply touching and brilliant the story is. Although this has a lot to do with Vonnegut's uncanny ability to poke your mind with subtle points in an obvious fashion, it also has to do with the fact that not everything is glamorous and suspenseful and neat. In fact, very little is. The meeting of Vonnegut and Trout at the end is absolutely classic, I could not stop grinning through the entire encounter, and the book itself is genius. Dare to be cynical with the master.
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indeed this is the best anything ever (hence best book ever, man). i choose my close friends with this book. i give it to chums and if they like it, they are in, and if they don't, they are decidedly robots full of bad chemicals.
vonnegut tells you to listen: we are all robots. face it. you are a robot! you may say (and i can hear you now) that vonnegut is cynical for suggesting such a thing. but he is just being honest about our preposterous existence, and if you think that facing up to the truth is cynical, then it is you who is looking at reality in a bad light.
vonnegut is probably laughing and laughing about something silly right now. he is a beautiful robot. i wish he was my friend. i don't know if i've mentionned it already, but this is the best anything ever (even better than the anteater's snout). i kid ye not. word.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The perfect introduction to Zen. 19. Mai 2000
American narcissism can be very blinding. Only a few critics see that Andy Warhol's art deals with something more than American consumerism and pop-culture. Kurt Vonnegut's book is only in part an anathema to American provincial life.
If you want to experience Zen stripped of it's Oriental trappings do not miss Breakfast for Champions.
Just like Andy Warhol, Rusin by birth, Vonnegut is an outsider to the American culture. He takes the items of everyday life, choosing these with the maximum layers of idiosyncrasy - used car yards, KFC joints, Holiday Inns - and regals them with the extraterrestrial's stare.
We are born and raised with a certain mental molding, we see the things as they are supposed to be seen. Then something happens. You see hundreds of Marilyn Monroe's faces in Warhol's painting and the pop icon becomes a weird combination of dots, lines and shades. You read Vonnegut and see his drawings of the most familiar objects - and they become as unearthly as Nasca reliefs.
When I had my satori I rode a bus and suddenly became aware of the weird flesh formations on the sides of a fellow passenger's head. Only a part of my brain was storing the name for that phenomenon - "ears". The rest of me was just looking.
All the happenings in the book are just an excuse for showing you that stare. It is an American province, but could be Nairobi slums or Danish boyscout camp. The prose is detached, laconical. If you are looking for "funny" parts you'll find them. But that would be entirely your fault.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Avid reader 19. Januar 2000
I have read every work Vonnegut has written, and this is by far one of his best works. The characters are all very real, and allow the readers to get to know them. Illustrated by Vonnegut himself, this book is definately easy to read, yet hard to put down. The main character, Kilgore Trout, a Vonnegut favorite (perhaps Vonnegut himslef?) appears in yet another tale. As an aside, some of the books Vonnegut describes that Trout wrote, would make excellent sci-fi books. I'm surprised Vonnegut (or some literary plagarist or hack) hasn't expounded on any of the themes. The book is great, and if any reader has never read Vonnegut, this is a great one to start with. You'll be hooked!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Breakfast of Champions 23. Juli 2013
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Another excellent novel by Vonnegut. His harsh social critisism is well embedded in the plot. The writing style is so rich and creative; something I`ve never encountered before. Just read it!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Vonnegut's best 20. Juli 2000
I find Kurt Vonnegut's Kilgore Trout novels to be his best, and this one belongs at the top of the heap. Vonnegut wrote this book as a gift to himself upon his 50th birthday, but it is better suited as a gift to the world, which could benefit by listening to the advice given by the author on humanity, the environment, and a host of other topics. Part novel, part sketch book, part essay- "Breakfast of Champions" is a sweet package of all things Vonnegut- and an absolute must-read.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Pokes fun at Magazine Scfi 4. Juli 2000
Von S J. West
Sarcastic take on the perception of early magazine scfi writing before Vonnegut moves onto other stuff. Strong on irony and as it written in 1973 quite environmental as well. Appeals to my twisted humour anyhow - best judged by reading the Sirens of Titan.
Story: Dysfunctional society and how some make it, and others go crazy seen though Dwayne, a car dealer and Kilgore Trout famous author to two fans on a trip to an arts festival across America.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Refreshing 5. Juni 2000
Vonnegut is simply outstanding, he writes with a clarity and honesty which is exhilirating. His greatest charm is the nearly child like way he sees the world, and this is one of his finest works. A humourous and intelligent sideways look at modern life, a must read book.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen No Fun
This book lacks original content, structure and above all: FUN.

Read 'Slaughter-House-Five' instead. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 10. Juni 2006 von Mel Newman
1.0 von 5 Sternen This book really IS RACIST
I was sooooooo dissapointed since I am a big fan of Vonnegut's and love his writing style (except in this book), not to mention my favorite character Kilgore Trout. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. September 2000 von A white reader
5.0 von 5 Sternen Perfect Chaos
Vonnegut has pulled off another classic with this one, alongside Cats Cradle, a great book, and others I have yet to read. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 29. Juli 2000 von Andy P.
3.0 von 5 Sternen Ego trip
An entertaining book but I found that it drifted a bit towards the end. I have read two other Vonnegut books and found Breakfast of Champions the weakest of the three. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 2. Juni 2000 von "paul_kgb"
4.0 von 5 Sternen wacky and poignant
Aside from his sense of humor, which I like, I admire Vonnegut's ability, which he demonstrates in this novel, to mix the tragic with the absurd and come up with something both sad... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 1. Juni 2000 von Craig Chalquist, PhD, author of TERRAPSYCHOLOGY and DEEP CALIFORNIA
5.0 von 5 Sternen Vonnegut should be on a "Wheaties" box.
Vonnegut has the ability to dig up society's most disturbing attributes and make us laugh them in the face. Breakfast of Champions is no exception to this rule. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 16. Mai 2000 von Bandit 1981
5.0 von 5 Sternen Book of Champions
I am almost done reading this book, and it is awesome! Vonnegut is a genius! This book is brilliant and humorous. A definate must read!
Veröffentlicht am 22. April 2000 von A. Rogers
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