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Breakfast of Champions: A Novel [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Kurt Vonnegut
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11. Mai 1999 0385334206 978-0385334204
In Breakfast of Champions, one of Kurt Vonnegut’s  most beloved characters, the aging writer Kilgore Trout, finds to his horror that a Midwest car dealer is taking his fiction as truth. What follows 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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  • Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
  • Verlag: Dial Press Trade Paperback (11. Mai 1999)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0385334206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385334204
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,3 x 13,4 x 2,2 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.5 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (64 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 80.047 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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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.


“Marvelous . . . [Vonnegut] wheels out all the complaints about America and makes them seem fresh, funny, outrageous, hateful and lovable.”—The New York Times

“Vonnegut is George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer . . . a zany but moral mad scientist.”—Time

“Free-wheeling, wild and great . . . uniquely Vonnegut.”—Publishers Weekly

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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 Adaptation to chaos 19. Januar 1999
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Vonnegut is just amazing with his almost naive humor and storytelling. For me, Breakfast was thoroughly stimulating and thought provoking but not to the point of where I was lost (the book renders an intellectual but very comical voice). Vonnegut's amazing style made me a fan with Slaugherhouse-five which completely changed my perspective on the world with the novel's exploration of...well everything that is human and not. But back to the Breakfast... Vonnegut is very creative with writing himself into the story. He takes such a real voice when dealing with his characters and their lives which are really representative of our own. For anyone looking to break the confinds of conventional life, Vonnegut is the way to go.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Breakfast of Champions-Eat it how you like! 7. Januar 1999
Von Ein Kunde
It is incredible. As you are faced with tragic, disturbed, and ignorant characters, you must realize that there are people like this in the world. All minds do not work alike, and all minds will find something different in Vonnegut's prose. You can pick it up one day and laugh, another and feel horrible about human nature, another and be baffled, or even just shake your head at its cleverness. However you see it, Kurt does it right. I haven't read this for years, but it is a novel that will always be a five-starer for me. I wonder what I will think when I read it next?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Breakfast of Champions
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. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 12 Monaten von Jennifer90 veröffentlicht
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.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Vonnegut's best
I find Kurt Vonnegut's Kilgore Trout novels to be his best, and this one belongs at the top of the heap. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 20. Juli 2000 von Joey Jo Jo Jr. Shabadoo
4.0 von 5 Sternen Pokes fun at Magazine Scfi
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. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 4. Juli 2000 von S J. West
5.0 von 5 Sternen Refreshing
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... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 5. Juni 2000 von Dan Hofinger
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
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