Breakfast of Champions, Or, Goodbye Blue Monday!eBook - 2006 | Dial Press Trade pbk. ed
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This book surrounds Kilgore Trout, who is a hermit novelist selling his stories to nudey magazines. Meanwhile Dwayne Hoover is a mentally unstable car salesman living in Midland city. Vonnegut dissects two days down to a novel, as he pieces together, bit by bit, the events leading up to their meeting, and Dwayne Hoover's consequential rampage through a local hotel. His dark humor and aggressive disdain toward censorship creates an air of hubris toward his own species, and the strangeness of their habits, with a chilling satire on our day to day lives, and the mental instability we all have within.
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And I think now, as my fiftieth birthday draws near, about the American novelist Thomas Wolfe, who was only thirty-eight years old when he died. He got a lot of help in organizing his novels from Maxwell Perkins, his editor at Charles Scribner's Sons. I have heard that Perkins told him to keep in mind as he wrote, a unifying idea, a hero's search for a father.
It seems to me that really truthful American novels would have the heroes and heroines alike looking for <i>mothers</i> instead. This needn't be embarrassing. It's simply true.
A mother is more useful.
I wouldn't feel particularly good if I found another father. Neither would Dwayne Hoover. Neither would Kilgore Trout.
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