Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Book: Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut Jr



A hundred pages or so into Breakfast of Champions, I gave it a 'meh' and quit reading. The book is highly rated by the wider public and it has some nice paragraphs. However, it just didn't work for me as a whole. The unique style and format started to grate after a while I kept thinking 'there are better books to be reading', which is a sure sign to stop.

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"The sea pirates were white. The people who were already on the continent when the pirates arrived were copper-colored. When slavery was introduced onto the continent, the slaves were black.
  Color was everything.


  Here is how the pirates were able to take whatever they wanted from anybody else: they had the best boats in the world, and they were meaner than anybody else, and they had gunpowder, which is a mixture of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulphur. They touched the seemingly listless powder with fire, and it turned violently into gas. This gas blew projectiles out of metal tubes at terrific velocities. The projectiles cut through meat and bone very easily; so the pirates could wreck the wiring or the bellows or the plumbing of a stubborn human being, even when he was far, far away.

  The chief weapon of the sea pirates, however, was their capacity to astonish. Nobody else could believe, until it was much too late, how heartless and greedy they were."

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