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Breakfast of Champions


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Another iconic title from the brilliant space-wanderer Kurt Vonnegut - rejacketed in a new, witty series style

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Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis in 1922 and studied biochemistry at Cornell University. An army intelligence scout during the Second World War, he was captured by the Germans and witnessed the destruction of Dresden by Allied bombers, an experience which inspired his classic novel Slaughterhouse-Five. After the war he worked as a police reporter, an advertising copywriter and a public relations man for General Electric. His first novel Player Piano (1952) achieved underground success. Cat's Cradle (1963) was hailed by Graham Greene as 'one of the best novels of the year by one of the ablest living authors'. His eighth book, Slaughterhouse-Five was published in 1969 and was a literary and commercial success, and was made into a film in 1972. Vonnegut is the author of thirteen other novels, three collections of stories and five non-fiction books. Kurt Vonnegut died in 2007.


First published in 1973, Breakfast of Champions traces the cross-country journey of the long-suffering sf writer Kilgore Trout, who, to his amazement, is invited to attend an arts festival in a gritty Midwestern town. As Kilgore's picaresque adventure unfolds, Vonnegut drops in barbs on such contemporary American maladies as war, consumerism, racism, and pollution. Written when the author was experimenting with the novel form, this is the kind of book that listeners will either love or hate. It is composed in the simplest prose imaginable, and the original print edition was laced with Vonnegut's own crude line drawings. Those illustrations are naturally missing from this audio edition, but their absence is more than compensated for by actor Stanley Tucci's excellent narration. He reads in a relaxed and detached manner well suited to its content, sounding remarkably like a younger Vonnegut. Recommended for libraries with established devotees.-R. Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Vonnegut performs considerable complex magic... Fresh, funny, outrageous...he very nearly levitates * New York Times *
He's just so fucking amazing. Everyone should read Vonnegut. -- Tim Minchin
A great deal of wit and playfulness...an 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 *

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