Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
This was a weird read.
“He had a penis eight hundred miles long and two hundred and ten miles in diameter, but practically all of it was in the fourth dimension.”
To preface, I did not know anything about this story before jumping into it. I try to mix up my reading list every so often by throwing different genres in and classic authors. I have read Slaughterhouse Five and decided to take the plunge into Breakfast of Champions.
While I say that this was a weird read, Vonnegut does hit home on a lot of the book. I love the humor and his writing style. This story had me crack a smile probably more times than anything I have ever read. It is not all fun and games though; it has it fair share of dark moments behind the humor.
To add to some of the strange sense of humor, the protagonist refers to mirrors as “leaks” at multiple parts during the story. Leaks being as looks into another universe. This has stuck with me during the past few months after I have read the book. I find myself occasionally seeing a mirror and thinking to myself “Oh hey there’s a leak!”
“People took such awful chances with chemicals and their bodies because they wanted the quality of their lives to improve. They lived in ugly places where there were only ugly things to do. They didn’t own doodley-squat, so they couldn’t improve their surroundings. so they did their best to make their insides beautiful instead.”
Vonnegut does an amazing job of taking this perspective on life. He views the world around him from his main character who has universal opinion about what is going on around him. If you pay attention enough to why he is acting the way he does, you learn that Vonnegut has a much greater grasp on reality than the characters in the novel. His social commentary proves to be extremely insightful.
A weird read? Yes. A good read? Definitely.
“We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane.” Powerful.