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Timequake (1997)

by Kurt Vonnegut

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According to Kurt Vonnegut's alter ego, the old science fiction writer Kilgore Trout, a global timequake will occur on February 13, 2001, at 2: 27 p. m. It will be the moment when the universe suffers a crisis of conscience: Should it go on expanding indefinitely, or collapse and make another great big BANG? For its own cosmic reasons, it decides to back up a decade to 1991, giving the world a 10-year case of deja vu, making everybody and everything do exactly what they'd done during the past decade, for good or ill, a second time. As a character in, and a brilliant chronicler of, this bizarre event, Kurt Vonnegut casts his wicked wit and his unique perspective on life as he lived it and observed it, for more than seventy years.… (more)
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I wish I had read this before reading A Man Without A Country. ( )
  tyk314 | Jan 22, 2024 |
I wish I had read this before reading A Man Without A Country. ( )
  tyk314 | Jan 22, 2024 |
Vonnegut's last "novel" though there's only fragments of story line. Like Barry Malzberg's Galaxies, this is a book about trying and failing to write an SF novel, the main character of which is Kilgore Trout, whom he "released" as a character in Breakfast of Champions. In the opening pages, Vonnegut says he is no longer capable of writing stories that go somewhere and reach a conclusion. That's sort of true but the book does conclude at an organic stopping point.

Timequake is also a collection of notes towards an autobiography, particularly about all the people in his life, and how many of them died. I happened to read this while watching the documentary "Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time" on Hulu, and I strongly recommend doing them in parallel. 3/4 novel, 3/4 movie, then novel end, then movie end. Things dovetail and reinforce each other quite nicely.

Recommended for anyone who liked Vonnegut but gave up after the classic early novels -- especially if accompanied by the documentary. ( )
  ChrisRiesbeck | Aug 11, 2023 |
Ranty in a chummy way. Mournful, for reasons outlined in the text. As depressing as it is slightly upbeat. It's the end, and he can't make more of things than they are. And he's right -the era of the novel is over. Slightly reminicscent of Phillip K Dick's "Counter Clock World". It does pick up pace as it goes along. I'd be inclined to categorize it as completist reading, unless you're a fan of his essays and short humor pieces. Probably not a good book for someone in the process of suicide ideation. He did make an attempt in real life and it is alluded to here. ( )
  arthurfrayn | Jul 4, 2023 |
Too convoluted for me ( )
1 vote bgknighton | Nov 26, 2022 |
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Wirft man also jeden Anspruch an Angemessenheit, Regeln und Form über Bord und überlässt sich dem assoziativ-manischen Monolog dieses dirty old man mit seinem bisweilen manieristisch wirkenden Hang zur Wiederholung, dann bekommt man sicher keinen Roman, aber einen erzählerischen Trödelladen mit einer ganzen Reihe von großartigen Fundstücken, wenn Vonnegut neben die Romanbruchstücke Reflexionen über sein Leben, das Universum und den ganzen Rest packt. Wer will, sollte versuchen, den Fisch ein zweites Mal zu filetieren.
 
Anyway, we should salute Vonnegut for giving us this, even if, as he suggests, he just tossed it off. It's not just his will that's free, but his mind. Timequake, both all over the place and perfectly fixed at the same time, is a sure-footed exemplar of the dictum that appears on page 191: 'Listen: We are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anybody tell you any different!'
added by andyl | editThe Guardian, Nicholas Lezard (Jul 25, 1998)
 

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In memory of Seymour Lawrence,

a romantic and great publisher

of curious tales told with ink

on bleached and flattened wood pulp
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Ernest Hemingway in 1952 published in Life magazine a long short story called The Old Man and the Sea.
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"You were sick, but now you're well again and there's work to do."

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According to Kurt Vonnegut's alter ego, the old science fiction writer Kilgore Trout, a global timequake will occur on February 13, 2001, at 2: 27 p. m. It will be the moment when the universe suffers a crisis of conscience: Should it go on expanding indefinitely, or collapse and make another great big BANG? For its own cosmic reasons, it decides to back up a decade to 1991, giving the world a 10-year case of deja vu, making everybody and everything do exactly what they'd done during the past decade, for good or ill, a second time. As a character in, and a brilliant chronicler of, this bizarre event, Kurt Vonnegut casts his wicked wit and his unique perspective on life as he lived it and observed it, for more than seventy years.

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