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According to science-fiction writer Kilgore Trout, a global timequake will occur in New York City on 13th February 2001. It is the moment when the universe suffers a crisis of conscience. Should it expand or make a great big bang? It decides to wind the clock back a decade to 1991, making everyone in the world endure ten years of deja-vu and a total loss of free will - not to mention the torture of reliving every nanosecond of one of the tawdiest and most hollow decades. With his trademark wicked wit, Vonnegut addresses memory, suicide, the Great Depression, the loss of American eloquence, and the obsolescent thrill of reading books.


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When an author goes out of his way to explain that the novel you are holding in your hands is the result of a failed attempt to write a novel and is obviously cobbled together with no apparent structural or narrative concern in mind, do not proceed.

Vonnegut is an uneven writer. Thats not a sin. If youve ever tried to read the worst of King or Poe or even Hemingway youll discover that for yourself. Nevertheless, theres no use downplaying it. This novel was a bloody mess. Vonnegut stumbles from topic to topic, ranting, bitterly cynical with one or two lumps of sweetener just to keep it interesting. It doesnt really help. The book does not take long to read and so in that regard is painless. Yet I cant help but wonder why, if the original Timequake he keeps referring to as a story that @didnt want to be written,@ did he then, for whatever reason, decide to write a novel called Timequake? The story--if you want to call it that--works primarily as a distraction from the autobiographical segments that were smeared over the original idea. Why he couldnt publish a memoir, especially so late in his career, is the most mysterious aspect of the work. It certainly looks as if thats what he really wanted to do.

If Timequake is the only thing between you and completing the Vonnegut canon, all right. If not, do not proceed.

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Unfortunately, its been a while since I read Timequake, so I can only talk about the general trends I remember, rather than the specifics of plot, and character.

This is Vonneguts last Novel, and he certainly goes out with a bang. The literary devices that Vonnegut uses throughout his catalogue are all utilized in Timequake with new force and life. Vonnegut regularly steps outside of the fiction to analyze the novel he is writing, and clue the reader into what he is thinking, who he is basing his characters on, memories of his life, and so on. The novel centers on Kilgore Trout, and the main plot revolves around a timequake which has thrust people back in time from 2001 to 1991. The trick is that people are aware of the fact they are repeating these years, and are still powerless to alter their course.

Freewill, or rather lack of freewill, is a major focus of Timequake. Vonnegut injects himself into the fiction of the book as well, which culminates at a clam bake for Kilgore Trout, attended by various authors, and Vonnegut. Kurt Vonnegut pulls out all the stops in Timequake; it is as unabashedly Vonnegut, as it is a worthy note to end his career as a novelist on. Vonnegut was one of the most important writers of the 20th century, and if any one had any doubts, timequake lays them to rest.


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Some entertaining and some thought provoking ramblings of Vonnegut....

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“Many people need desperately to receive this message: I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone..” This book is about a disruption in the time continuum, but at its heart, its soo soo much more. It meanders its way through reminisces of war, a childhood spent in Indianapolis, ex-wives, family members, science fiction, dark jokes, and so much more. Vonnegut is the master at spinning a tale which seemingly takes the reader through a wandering labyrinth, only to discover at the end that it weaved a beautiful web in the process (@some [email protected] indeed). Describing this book is a fools errand. Just read it because its Vonnegut and its quotable and funny and dark and wonderful. So it goes.

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Timequake is an interesting read, part autobiography, part fiction. It’s like listening to your unreliable granddad trying to tell a story and wandering off on different tangents. Although many parts read like a sermon, I can’t think of anyone else I’d like to preach to me more than Vonnegut.

At the heart of his books is a sincere, deeply thoughtful and inspiring analysis of what it means to be human. In the same way he ignores traditional story structures and invents his own, Vonnegut has wonderful insight into the absurdity of certain social structures, the nature of love and the futility of war. Here he presents his case for why they also need to be reviewed and reconsidered. If you enjoy books that make you look at the world in a different way, then put Kurt Vonnegut on your to read list.

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