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|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."|
|Publisher||Penguin Publishing Group|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||711103|
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|Number of Pages||272 Pages|
|Reviews||"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." -- Newsweek " 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." -- Chicago Sun-Times "Vonnegut is at his best." -- Atlanta Journal & Constitution|
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A Funny, Quirky, Quasi-Autobiographical Meditation
Kurt Vonnegut's novel "Timequake" is part commonplace novel, part fragmented autobiography- Vonnegut makes numerous appearances throughout the narrative as a character, part disfunctional romance, adding up to an odd meditation on our planet's determination to destroy itself. In the year 2001, "a sudden glitch in the space-time continuum, made everybody and everything do exactly what they'd been doing during the past decade...a second time" until "free will kicked in again" after the echo decade had torturously re-run itself. Essentially, Vonnegut uses the story arc as an excuse to rummage through his own past and that of his alter-ego, the science fiction writer Kilgore Trout. The novel, as quasi-autobiography, becomes a free-form platform upon which the author lovingly salutes and mourns his living and dead siblings, wives, and children. He pays tribute to his favorite books and writers; retells old jokes; reminisces about his experiences in WW II; and ruminates about the fate of "humanism" in an age dominated by technology. The book tests the reader's patience with its random bits of semi-relevant information and needless explanations. And yet, Vonnegut's fitful summaries of the life and writings of Kilgore Trout are often very funny. "We are here on earth to fart around" runs one of Vonnegut's more endearing pronouncements. And, at least in this book, nobody does it better.