At my psychiatrist's office one afternoon, his dog (who stayed with him all day) found my copy of this book on the floor beside my purse, and chewed it up. This dog was wise beyond her six months.
The disjointed writing and choppy style Vonnegut takes with this book is one that requires a lot of patience. Don't expect a flowing, typical book.
That being said, if you can get past the style, you might enjoy the story, itself, as it is unusual and quite funny in places. Still, I wouldn't recommend this one.
Fantastic and funny, this Vonnegut book is the story of one of Vonnegut's favorite characters: Midwestern fiction writer, Kilgore Trout. Trout's zany adventures take him across country in search of the car dealer who is taking his fiction very, very seriously. Along the way, he meets up with some equally intersting people and more than a few wacky situations. All this adds up to a novel that is a very pointed satire on American life.
This is a great book in its own right, but it helps to have read various other Vonnegut books to recognize characters from them. The book has the usual easy-to-read zaniness of a Vonnegut novel, including crazies, witty dialogue, weird events and breaking the fourth wall.
Breakfast of Champions is extremely funny! I especially like Vonnegut's illustrations; It is a very unconventional novel. Funnier than Slaughter-House Five. Highly recommended!
I was not impressed. This was a best seller and still is very popular, but I find it disjoint, without interesting plot, and full of social commentary that doesn't mean much of anything.