Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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
"His funniest book since Breakfast of Champions....There are nuggets of Vonnegutian wisdom throughout." Newsweek
"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
"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 and Constitution
"This is the indispensible Vonnegut." San Francisco Chronicle
"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
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.