The Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

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Breakfast of Champions, or Goodbye Blue Monday is a 1973 novel by the American author Kurt Vonnegut. Set in the fictional town of Midland City, it is the story of "two lonesome, skinny, fairly old white men on a planet which was dying fast." One of these men, Dwayne Hoover, is a normal-looking but deeply deranged Pontiac dealer and Burger Chef franchise owner who becomes obsessed with the writings of the other man, Kilgore Trout, taking them for literal truth. Trout, a largely unknown pulp science fiction writer who has appeared in several other Vonnegut novels, looks like a crazy old man but is in fact relatively sane. As the novel opens, Trout journeys toward Midland City to appear at a convention where he is destined to meet Dwayne Hoover and unwittingly inspire him to run amok.

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The 473rd greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 3rd on Harvard Book Store Staff's Favorite 100 Books (Harvard Book Store)
  2. - 8th on The Ideal Library (Book)
  3. - 8th on 50 Books to Read Before You Die (Complex)

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