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Timequake Paperback – August 1, 1998
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"This is the indispensible Vonnegut."
San Francisco Chronicle
"Wry and trenchant . . . highly entertaining."
The New York Times Book Review
"His funniest book since Breakfast of Champions . . . There are nuggets of Vonnegutian wisdom throughout."
"Timequake is a novel by, and starring, Kurt Vonnegut . . . What Vonnegut does, which no one can do better, is give a big postmodern shrug . . . You've got to love him."
The Washington Post Book World
"Humorous, sardonic . . . Timequake makes for irresistible reading that's loaded with more important truths than it lets on . . . Moralizing has never been funnier."
"Vonnegut is at his best."
Atlanta Journal & Constitution
About the Author
Kurt Vonnegut, one of the most acclaimed American writers of the past century, died in New York City on April 11, 2007. He was the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels, including such literary classics as Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat’s Cradle and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. Penguin Group (USA) was fortunate to publish several of Mr. Vonnegut’s books, including the novels Timequake and Hocus Pocus as well as a collection of short fiction, Bagombo Snuff Box.
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Timequake isn’t a novel, although it contains fiction. It isn’t Science Fiction, but the main idea is that the universe is re-setting every 10 years with a movement in time, and there is no free will - and Vonnegut’s alter ego, failed Science Fiction writer Kilgore Trout, is a main character. It’s not a true autobiography or collection of essays, but they pop up all through the book. It is Vonnegut looking back, ruminating like a kindly grandfather, and it’s just awesome.
Yes, I’m biased. Highly recommended, of course.
people experience a timequake transporting people from 2001 to 1991 as he
talks to the eccentric writer Kilgore Trout and other of Vonnegut's fictional
creations. Trout is so real that you tend to forget that he is not a actual
person. Sometimes it rambles on, but still read this book! A story of a
man at the end of his life and a chance (at least in fiction) to have a redo of
You could excuse it as "experimental" in that bits and pieces of left over stuff was threaded into a literary sausage that has front and back covers and numbered pages but little else to suggest itself as a coherent artistic effort. You could, but I won't.
Very disappointed. And sad.