Kurt, Jr. Vonnegut novel: Breakfast of Champions
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Dare to be different!
Vonnegut packs an unforgettable punch in The Breakfast of Champions. It's a punch that will knock you on your side and make you laugh, but also one that will knock you on your head and make you think. Vonnegut begs us to have awareness - "the unwavering band of light" that separates us from conformist "fully programmed robots" that comprise the mundane world around us. Through his wacky, fun, & always zany ride through Midland City, Vonnegut dares us to open our minds to an undiscovered world that few of us seldom visit. As Vonnegut's alter ego, The Creator of the Universe, so aptly states, "Let others bring order to chaos. I would bring chaos to order, instead, which I think I have done."
Could blow your mind if you let it
Have you ever thought that you were the only sentient being on earth? That everyone else was an automaton designed to test your reactions? That history and events in faraway places were simply constructs intended to cause you puzzlement or momentarily pique your interest? That there were far too many coincidences in this life to ignore forever the workings of a omnipotent (and quite possibly insane) Creator & Instigator?
Vonnegut wrote CHAMPIONS as a birthday present to himself and he takes the opportunity to meditate at length on what it means to "play God" during the act of writing. He pushes his characters around the middle American landscape of his mind, devises horrible, dull, or joyous fates for them, and salutes them as they endure all his torments and whimsy.
This is one of those books that can change your life. I read it when I was 14 or 15, and then read it again 4 or 5 times. I suppose I wanted to make certain that I had soaked up every ounce of divine madness in the book. I had read SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE previously, but this book set me off on a Vonnegut rampage, I devoured everything he wrote in a matter of months. CHAMPIONS opened my mind to the idea of "writer as Creator."