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On February 13th, 2001, according to Vonnegut, the universe will tire momentarily of expanding forever. What's the point? Maybe it would be more fun to shrink for a change, and have a reunion of all the stuff back where it began. Then it could make a great big BANG again. It will shrink back to February 17th, 1991, but will then decide that expansion is the way to go, after all. As time marches on once more to 2001, though, Vonnegut and Trout and everybody else and everything else will have to do exactly what they did the first time through the decade, for good or ill: marry the wrong person, bet on the wrong horse. Whatever! Ten years of deja vu all over again! At least deja vu doesn't cause physical injury and property damage.

Review:

"At 74, Vonnegut has had enough of the writing life, he tells us in the preface, and Timequake was obviously inspired by his sense that his life's work is winding down. But let me be just the latest to declare that this work has been a blessing. Vonnegut may not have finished the novel, but for a generation of readers he still writes the book." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"His funniest book since Breakfast of Champions....There are nuggets of Vonnegutian wisdom throughout." Newsweek

Review:

"Humorous, sardonic...Timequake makes for irresistible reading that's loaded with more important truths than it lets on....Moralizing has never been funnier." Chicago Sun-Times

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"This is the indispensible Vonnegut." San Francisco Chronicle

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"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

Synopsis:

There's been a timequake. And everyone — even you — must live the decade between February 17, 1991 and February 17, 2001 over again. The trick is that we all have to do exactly the same things as we did the first time — minute by minute, hour by hour, year by year, betting on the wrong horse again, marrying the wrong person again. Why? You'll have to ask the old science fiction writer, Kilgore Trout. This was all his idea.

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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Nicole Landskroener, August 22, 2013 (view all comments by Nicole Landskroener)
One of those books that had a profound impact on my life. Vonnegut has a weird talent for popping up in everyday life exactly when you need him.
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Sally Lehman, September 27, 2007 (view all comments by Sally Lehman)
It is in Timequake that Kurt Vonnegut Jr describes writing as "(i)diosyncratic arrangements in horizontal lines of twenty-six phonetic symbols, ten numbers, and about eight punctuation marks." With this level of brevity and brilliance, this master of the the unsubtle encompasses the whole of what every writer needs to know. If only everyone else could arrange those symbols, numbers and punctuation marks as well as he did.

Too often, Vonnegut is known for only Slaughterhouse Five, but his other, lesser known novels like
Timequake are quirky and speak volumes more about this man's personality. In this novel he takes us through a world where ten years have to be lived over again, with all the experiences and errors and humor we lived through one before. And, of course, we learn more about the infamous Kilgore Trout and his wonderful Sci-Fi books.

If you want to see more of who Kurt Vonnegut was, read Timequake.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780425164341
Author:
Vonnegut, Kurt
Publisher:
Berkley Publishing Group
Author:
Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Space and time
Subject:
Space and time -- Fiction
Subject:
Alternative histories
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Large Print:
Y
Publication Date:
19980831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.08x5.18x.74 in. .50 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 272 pages Berkley Publishing Group - English 9780425164341 Reviews:
"Review" by , "At 74, Vonnegut has had enough of the writing life, he tells us in the preface, and Timequake was obviously inspired by his sense that his life's work is winding down. But let me be just the latest to declare that this work has been a blessing. Vonnegut may not have finished the novel, but for a generation of readers he still writes the book."
"Review" by , "His funniest book since Breakfast of Champions....There are nuggets of Vonnegutian wisdom throughout."
"Review" by , "Humorous, sardonic...Timequake makes for irresistible reading that's loaded with more important truths than it lets on....Moralizing has never been funnier."
"Review" by , "This is the indispensible Vonnegut."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , There's been a timequake. And everyone — even you — must live the decade between February 17, 1991 and February 17, 2001 over again. The trick is that we all have to do exactly the same things as we did the first time — minute by minute, hour by hour, year by year, betting on the wrong horse again, marrying the wrong person again. Why? You'll have to ask the old science fiction writer, Kilgore Trout. This was all his idea.
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