Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions


Kurt Vonnegut

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Midland City’s most decorated war veteran. Ned Lingamon is arrested for killing his own baby and uses his one phone call to call Harold Newcomb Wilbur, Midland City’s second most decorated war veteran. Of course, Vonnegut only has Ned arrested so that he can make the phone call to Harold, the bartender at the cocktail lounge in the Holiday Inn, to create a distraction so that Vonnegut is not kicked out of the bar for acting suspicious.
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Ned Lingamon Character Timeline in Breakfast of Champions

The timeline below shows where the character Ned Lingamon appears in Breakfast of Champions. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 19
Race and Racism Theme Icon
...give a free-willed reaction to such a holocaust.” The phone is ringing because Vonnegut makes Ned Lingamon, the most decorated veteran in Midland City, call Harold. “Don’t hang up,” Ned says... (full context)
Art, Subjectivity, and Absurdity Theme Icon
As Harold talks to Ned, Vonnegut draws a colorless representation of Rabo Karabekian’s painting, The Temptation of Saint Anthony, on... (full context)