The Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

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.

The 493rd 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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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Breakfast of Champions Paperback 1446269 $20.00 $16.09 1973
Breakfast of Champions Paperback 651035 $6.00 $0.07
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Breakfast of Champions CD Audio CD 1301870 $19.97 $8.00 2004
Breakfast of Champions Hardcover 1938357 $65.34 $4.67
Breakfast of Champions, or, Goodbye, Blue Monday Hardcover 1813139 $1.47
Breakfast of Champions Hardcover 2012088 $58.10 $1.10 1973
Breakfast of Champions: A Novel Kindle Edition 312276 $8.99 2009
Breakfast of Champions Mass Market Paperback 1607562 $2.95
Breakfast of Champions: A Novel Audio CD 2143213 $6.18 $14.30 2015
Breakfast of Champions Mass Market Paperback 314546 $11.39 $2.26 1991
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Breakfast of Champions Audible Audio Edition 180 $17.95 2015
Le breakfast du champion Mass Market Paperback 570742 $18.99 1999
Breakfast of Champions CD Publisher: Caedmon; Unabridged edition Audio CD 1244996 $24.63 $14.87
Breakfast of Champions (Kurt Vonnegut Series) Kindle Edition 8998 $8.06 2010
Breakfast of Champions Hardcover 998756 $143.45 $2.91 1973
Breakfast of Champions Low Price CD Audio CD 1958125 $12.00 2013
Breakfast of Champions: A Novel Paperback 4454 $10.39 $3.49 1999
Breakfast of Champions: Or, Goodbye Blue Monday! (Vintage Classics) Paperback 1388220 $5.19 $0.98 2009
[ Breakfast of Champions By Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr. ( Author ) Paperback 1999 ] Paperback 1453481 $12.62 $6.29