Monday, January 16, 2012

Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

DNF

Oh man. This book is effing weird. I've been listening to it as an audiobook and although I enjoyed the first part, I am totally lost now. He goes off on these ridiculous tangents like he's making it up as he goes along, and I'm just not getting it.

I enjoy his nonfiction and would like to get my hands on a copy of Man Without a Country, but this? I'm going to have to pass.

13 comments:

JNCL said...

Um, yeah, "Kurt Vonnegut" actually IS the ancient Celtic phrase for "effing weird".
JNCL
The Beauty of Eclecticism

Kailana said...

lol I think you need a certain mind set to tackle his books...

couchpotatocritic said...

I had to read several of Vonnegut's books in high school, and never enjoyed any of them. They were, as you say, just too "effing weird" for me.

Priya said...

I have only read Slaughterhouse-5 by Vonnegut, but I loved that book. I haven't tried any other book by him though!

Trish said...

JNCL - lol figures!

Kailana - yeah, I apparently so.

couchpotatocritic - this would have blown my mind in high school! Although . . . maybe not. My high school self might have appreciated its weirdness more than my adult self.

Priya - I might actually give that one a try.

laughingwolf said...

can't recall if i read that one... or any others... did enjoy slaughterhouse 5... and quotes, real or attributed

Trish said...

Yes, I really enjoy his nonfiction, quotes and such. And I will have to give Slaughterhouse 5 a try sometime. But if this is representative of the rest of his line of fiction . . . then he's lost me.

Tracy said...

Not very familiar with Kurt Vonnegut's work at all - I don't mind weird, but unfathomable is something else.

Trish said...

Yes, there's only so much weird I can tolerate.

Jake said...

Never tried to read him and based on your effing weird comment don't think I will be adding him to my TBR list!!

Trish said...

This one is very skippable. His other stuff might be worth looking into, though.

laughingwolf said...

like elmore leonard said, and vonnegut missed reading: i try not to write things the reader skips over

Trish said...

every writer should adopt this policy.