Breakfast of Champions Author:Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Emulating Tolstoy, who freed his serfs and Jefferson, who freed his slaves, Kurt Vonnegut bids farewell and godspeed to all of the literary characters who have worked so hard for him over the years. Their unconditional liberty is the author's fiftieth birthday present to himself. Only Kilgore Trout, the science-fiction writer, is told of his n... more »ew freedom from the whims of the author. He is promised a Nobel Prize as compensation for the pointlessness and bitterness of his life so far.
For the others, Eliot Rosewater and all the rest, the author's birthday will seem a day like any other day.
Trout's encounter with his creator takes place at tghe Midland City Festival for the Arts. And Trout, before he learns the astonishing truth of his own existence, tells a Midland city Pontiac dealer named Dwayne Hoover facts about the life of the Pontiac dealer that drive the Pontiac dealer insane.
This book answers once and for all the question, "To what extent are human beings sacred, and to what extent are they machines?" Illustraions are by the author, including a very good drawing of an electric chair in the basement of the Shepherdstown Adult Correctional Institution, just outside Midland City.« less