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Think of Timequake, Kurt Vonnegut's 19th and last novel (or so he says), as a victory lap. It's a confident final trot 'round the track by one of the greats of postwar American literature. After 40 years of practice, Vonnegut's got his schtick down cold, and it's a pleasure--if a slightly tame one--to watch him go through his paces one more time.
Timequake's a mongrel; it is half novel, half memoir, the project of a decade's worth of writer's block, a book "that didn't want to be written." The premise is standard-issue Vonnegut: "...a timequake, a sudden glitch in the space-time continuum, made everybody and everything do exactly what they'd done during past decades, for good or ill, a second time..." Simultaneously, the author's favorite tricks are on display--frequent visits with the shopworn science fiction writer Kilgore Trout, a Hitchcockian appearance by the author at the book's end, and frequent authorial opining on love, war, and society. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Delayed over a year, Vonnegut's latest finally arrives, with alter ego Kilgore Trout facing millennial catastrophe.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book has moments of utter brilliance, made possible by the accumulation of experiences and life achieved by having spent 8 decades on this planet. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Sharon Schoen
*Timequake* was one of Vonnegut's last books - maybe the last book? - and at this point in his career he mostly just wanted to chat to the reader about the things that mattered to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Karen Wingoof
I have a love-hate relationship with Vonnegut. Interesting introspective work. Don't believe anything he ever states as fact. Vonnegut fans should read it for sure... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Zachary P. Stewart
Daughter's favorite author and she said it was one of Kurts good books.Published 7 months ago by Kath
The promotional information about this book and other reviews will tell you enough as to what this book is supposedly about. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tasawuf
I am a sucker for Vonnegut. Makes me laugh, makes me think, makes me really read the last page a few times occasionally. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Keith
Vonnegut is my favorite author and this is my personal favorite of his books.Published 9 months ago by Doc