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am 15. Juni 1999
Vonnegut, master of the cynical, has written far, far better books than the largely overrated Breakfast of Champions. While the premise is a fantastic one, the actual execution is bad, paling when compared to better novels based on shoddier premises.
The tale builds towards a climatic, gruesome finale...but that finale never comes. Maybe Vonnegut intended to mock readers who *wanted* to see a horrific ending? Possibly...all he suceeded in doing was ruining what could have been a great story. Toss in a wealth of useless drawings - a joke that grows stale after 30 pages or so - and you have a book that could have (and should have) been so much more.
Much of Vonneguts beloved cynicism and wit is still there, the only reason for three stars, but in the end it falls short of what it could have been.
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am 23. Mai 1999
I hadn't read Vonnegut for several years until I picked BOC up recently. It didn't take long to remind me why I used to read him so often years ago: His books personify the type of books I love to read. They are constantly entertaining, while at the same time philosophical and thought-provoking. One of Vonneguts many talents is the ability to write in language that is simple enough to be accessible to the masses, but never "dumbed-down". Vonnegut's anthropoligical approach to this book, that of a detached observer, make for fascinating and powerful examinations of the way humans live and think and behave. This novel was extremely funny, yet always with an undercurrent of immense sadness at how our world has turned out.
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am 19. Januar 1999
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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am 25. April 1999
It would be hard to describe the plot of this book. I've read it more than 5 times and I cannot explain it. Something about a transvestite guy named Harry LeSabre who sells cars, but not Buicks. Kilgore Trout, Dwayne Hoover. They're all interconnected and in fact everything that Vonnegut writes about starting with Cat's Cradle emphasizes that some people are in the same "carass"(people whose lives are intertwined whether they know it or not) for their lifetimes. Maybe our lives are not as random as we thought. I laugh out loud whenever I read this book. I read it twice when I was pregnant and had a boy with a great sense of humor.
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am 23. Februar 1999
Most people claim Slaughterhouse Five or Breakfast of Champions as his greatest, but I must say, Iput Mother Night right up there. The plot, loaded through and through with flashbacks to the main character's past life as a secret agent for the American Government while working as "the last true American" for the Nazi propaganda machine, he's hunted down by neo-Nazi idol-worshippers, communist spies, and an Israeli government desperate to put him on trial for his crimes against humanity. It is an eye-opening excercise into the human mind, loaded with Vonnegut's omnipresent wit and sarcasm. Definitely a must read for any Vonnegut fan.
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am 18. September 1999
I don't know about the rest of the world, but I found this particular Vonnegut effort bone-chilling. Its a direct strike at madness through the guise of normality rings true to me, or to anyone whose actually had a nervous breakdown.
But I love the book. Its brilliant, honest, shocking and surprise-surprise: touching. Trout evokes in us, and most probably in Hoover, the need to seek truth in the most obscure places when real world seems putrid with pain and about to fall apart.
Though not as outstanding as Slaughter-House Five, this is a personal effort worthy of remembrance, if only to understand the man better.
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am 12. März 1999
The thing about Breakfast of champions is that it brings such clarity. With other books you think about conflicting things and with this one everything is set in stone through simplistic illustrations. This book is the ultimate map of wherever you are, especially on the road since a third of the book is Kilgore trout going to Midland city. This book also deals with insanity and bad ideas. This book is for anyone who is sick of what they've been told and wants ot hear something new. It's all the garbage that plugs up the mind but it's been turned into humor that makes you feel every emotion at some point in the story.
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am 7. Januar 1999
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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am 16. Mai 2000
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. The story revolves around an unappreciated author and the man who takes one of his works a bit too seriously. Going any farther would ruin it so i'll stop. Overall a great book and it's illustrated too! If you like Vonnegut this will reaffirm that liking, if you've never read him before this will make you a believer. I also recommend by Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse-5, and if you have some time to kill, Mother Night.
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am 10. November 1999
This book is in NO way sexist or racist. If you see it as racist because of the way the author describes a black man, you are truly an ignorant person. Vonnegut is just telling it like it is. When he says that rich white males rule the world, he isn't saying it's RIGHT, but simply that's how it is. This book was hilarious and haunting at the same time. Anyone who thinks it should not be analyzed, that it has no message, or that it is a bigotrous and self-centered book... wow... I actually would have to pity that person for not being able to fully enjoy this masterpiece.
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