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Think of Timequake, Kurt Vonnegut's 19th and last novel (or so he says), as a victory lap. It's a confident final trot 'round the track by one of the greats of postwar American literature. After 40 years of practice, Vonnegut's got his schtick down cold, and it's a pleasure--if a slightly tame one--to watch him go through his paces one more time.

Timequake's a mongrel; it

Paperback, 288 pages
Published 2011 by مروارید (first published 1997)
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Listen: At 2:27 pm, on February 13, 2001, a timequake occurred. It set the universe back ten years. As such, the unfortunate occupants of Earth were forced to repeat a decade of their lives starting in 1991. Think of it as a prolonged and constant state of déjà vu. They knew what was going to happen, knew what the impact was going to be, and were powerless to do anything about it. Time, after all, is time. There’s no monkeying around with it.

The timequake was very unfortunate for me, now that I...more
At first I didn't get into this book, and I had put it down and forgotten about it. Recently I spotted it on my bookshelf and, needing something new to read when I finished my last book, I grabbed Timequake. I read it mostly on the train thinking that would force me to get over the hump I couldn't overtake a couple years ago when I first tried to read it. I was surprised this time around that I had ever put it down. It's extremely witty; full of humor and beauty and saddness, but told in a refre...more
I hate to say this because I love Vonnegut. Cat's Crade and Slaughterhouse were pure genuis - satire at it's best. I also liked Sirens and Breakfast of Champions even though they were not of the calibre of his best works.

However, I am starting to fear that most of his other books are a waste of time. I think people read them only because they love Vonnegut and they desperately want to experience again the simple delight of discovering books that can shake you and engulf you.

I did not enjoy Von...more
I'm suprised that I found some of Vonnegut's later, less talked about books as enjoyable as some of the classic ones. But I enjoyed Bluebeard, Hocus Pocus and Timequake just as much as Slaughterhouse 5, Cat's Cradle, Mother Night or Breakfast of Champions.

Even though this technically isn't the last Vonnegut work, it's obvious that he was thinking of it as his swan song in fiction, and it's a near-perfect farewell.
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Jika kata 'Humor Cerdas' didefinisikan sebagai humor yang dibuat oleh orang cerdas, diceritakan oleh orang cerdas, disampaikan dengan gaya yang cerdas serta orang yang menyimaknya akan menjadi cerdas, kira-kira menurut Anda, ada berapa jumlah buku di dunia yang memiliki humor cerdas?

Setau saya, jumlahnya hanya ada satu. dan buku ini yang paling layak disebut sebagai cerita 'humor cerdas'.

Ok, buku ini akan membuat otot perut dan otot alis pegal saat membacanya. Soalnya saat membaca buku ini kita...more
Mar 07, 2008 Carolyn rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Serious Vonnegut fans
I've read a few Kurt Vonnegut books that I remember being fun reads, but I wouldn't say this was one of them. I'm aware that he's since passed and this was his last novel published. He mentioned that it was a story he had been working on for a decade, "piecemeal", eventually compressing bits of fiction together with autobiographical accounts interspersed (I felt like they outweighed the actual story). I think I needed to be more interested in the author to have appreciated this. He has a unique...more
This is an odd mix of fiction and autobiography. Narrated by the author himself (who is not fictional), while relying on stories and quotations from the old science fiction author Kilgore Trout (who is). There are fake stories, true stories, and all of them will tell you something about being human, in all its terrible glory.
Extenuating circumstance to be mentioned on Judgment Day: We never asked to be born in the first place.
The universe happened upon the same question that hits us all, often...more
Unfortunately, it's 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 Vonnegut's 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...more
Nov 14, 2008 JSou rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Vonnegut fans
Perfect last novel from one of my very favorite authors. This is the first time I've re-read this since Vonnegut passed, which made this book even more amazing. I've been yelling, "I FRY MINE IN BUTTER!" all week now, making many people think I'm even more "special" than they had originally assumed.
J. Kevin
Is Timequake a novel? A memoir? A philosophical essay? A stand-up routine? A little of each, as it turns out. Vonnegut set out to write a science fiction novel about the eponymous "Timequake": a phenomenon that causes everyone on Earth to re-live the past ten years of their lives, aware that they're caught in a re-run, but unable to do or say anything differently than they did the first time around. Which is a terrific sci-fi premise (and a great metaphor for those times when we feel like we hav...more
Going into this book, I expected science fiction and some crazy story about warped time or time travel. Some character might go to a different world or maybe time would stop and someone needs to put it back together. Boy, was I wrong. This book was very different indeed.
This book is loaded with stories which I had to put together to understand it all, but they are fairly well organized based on how he wants to build on the climax. The idea of a Timequake is very interesting and his use of the...more
Timequake is an odd one. It's a mix of the typical sci-fi genre, with short anecdotes from his life, along with a couple of tangential rants on the perils of modern society. Reading this was certainly an experience - although I still haven't entirely decided (having finished the book and mulled it over) whether this book was any good as a novel! If the quality of the book is defined by how much I enjoyed it (which seems a reasonable approach) - it certainly would deserve the 4 out of 5 stars.

Nu cred ca mi-am petrecut niciodata atat de mult timp citind o carte care nu-mi place. De obicei renunt foarte usor. Daca in primele 30 de pagini n-am gasit un motiv sa merg mai departe, iau altceva din biblioteca. Sunt prea multe carti pe care vreau sa le citesc nu mai departe de propria biblioteca, sa nu mai vorbim de librarii, iar timpul meu e limitat. Si totusi, Cutremur de timp a fost exceptia. Sa fi fost numele lui Vonnegut? Sa fi fost un fel de pariu cu mine insami ca voi reusi sa ajung l...more
The Basics

In 2001, a timequake hits, which means everyone in the world must relive the last ten years of their life. They can’t change anything, and they have no free will. Though according to Kilgore Trout, that might not be different than things usually are.

My Thoughts

This is a very polarizing book among Vonnegut fans, and I can see why. The story of the timequake is not particularly strong. It’s mostly pushed to the wayside and replaced with personal stories from Vonnegut, making it partially...more
Jun 14, 2012 Lizzie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lizzie by: borrowed from Emmy, the second time.
I loved this book the first time I read it a few years ago, and I really love considering it a favorite book of mine. Mostly because: what is it? What even is this.

I'm not the deepest-read Vonnegut fan there is, just a handful really, but I believe that this book isn't exactly typical. It is his last novel -- written, somewhat incredibly, 10 years before his death. And as a novel, it sort of isn't, not with a start-to-finish plot and detailed world-build and thorough character, other, of course,...more
I had assumed that a book called 'Timequake' would be science fiction, but it turned out to be a humourous ramble through Kurt Vonnegut's head, more in the form of linked articles than a continuous narrative. It reminded me a little of Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon Days series in its laid-back voice. I have never read anything else by Kurt Vonnegut, so I was keen to read this, and when I picked it up, I was drawn straight in. It's a quirky mix of reminiscences of self and family, philosophisin...more
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. That's not a sin. If you've ever tried to read the worst of King or Poe or even Hemingway you'll discover that for yourself. Nevertheless, there's no use downplaying it. This novel was a bloody mess. Vonnegut stumbles fr...more
Steve Joyce
"There is a planet in the Solar System where the people are so stupid they didn't catch on for a million years that there was another half to their planet." - Kilgore Trout.

Despite cogent nuggets such as this, Timequake is as incoherent as P.K. Dick's Valis (which is to say, pretty darn incoherent). The similarity is drawn here since both authors have written stuff with such a delightfully skewed perspective that I'd almost consider petitioning Goodreads to allow six stars. To carry the comparis...more
This wasn't really what I expected. The blurb on the back makes it sound like another of Vonnegut's sci-fi novels, but in fact it's the literary equivalent of Fellini's 8 1/2 (he even makes a reference to that film late in the book). Basically, the premise is that he spent a long time working on a novel called "Timequake" that ended up being really lousy, so he scrapped it and started again with this one.

What we ended up getting isn't really a novel, although much of it is fiction. It's basicall...more
MJ Nicholls
Timequake is billed as Vonnegut’s last “novel” but it’s neither his last, nor a novel. Hocus Pocus was the final novel from the Master, and A Man Without a Country his last book. This is almost entirely autobiographical, with a few digressions on the career of Kilgore Trout to keep the fictional proceedings going.

No complaints from me. Kurt is on fine form, wisecracking and wise, settling into his batty old grandfather role with ease. What is surprising about this volume is the candour he displa...more
Vonnegut writes Timequake like I live my life, snippets of disjunct stories about real and fictional characters full of deeper meanings held together by a strange and unbelievable overarching narrative.

I sought out this book initially because of a quote I heard when I toured Crown Hill Cemetery years ago, a cemetery I love, a cemetery where one of my family members lies buried. The tour guide quoted Vonnegut as to why he, Vonnegut, left Indianapolis, "It may be...that we wanted to escape the po...more
Guy Salvidge
I remember picking this up in Red Dot remaindered in about 2002. Vonnegut has a line somewhere about literary critics getting angry about the merit of novels being like putting on a suit of armor and charging a chocolate fondue, or something like that. Some novels are made of sterner stuff, but rarely Vonnegut's (Slaughterhouse Five, Mother Night and Cat's Cradle are three I rate more highly).
God, it pains me to give that kind of score to a Vonnegut book, but here we are.
As he puts it in his prologue, he had started a novel years ago called Timequake that just never came together for him. In 1996 he decides to dust it off an re-tool it, using it's premise of everyone getting a ten year do-over for a framework. He ultimately uses it as means to launch into many anecdotes and non sequiturs, and as a send off for Kilgore Trout. For all I know, there may not have been an original Timequ...more
I think I should've trusted a friend when he tried to talk me out of reading Timequake as my first Vonnegut book.
It wasn't what I expected, not at all. I guess I don't really care about the author's personal life, be it real or fictional. Don't get me wrong - I do care about the main characters of books, but this weird mix of fiction and autobiography just didn't do it. Most of the chapters felt really random, and I don't think I see how the various coincidences described had anything to do with...more
Grāmata par cilvēku dzīves bezjēdzīgumu, cilvēku stulbumu... Reiz visa cilvēce bija spiesta nodzīvot desmit savas dzīves gadus atkārtoti, nespējot ne mazo pirkstiņu pakustināt, ja vien to pašu nebija darījuši pirmajā reizē. Nepeiet ilgs laiks, kad cilvēks sāk darboties autopilotā. Un kas tad notiek, kad pēc 10 gadiem viņam atkal jāsāk domāt.
Grāmatā darbojas jau ierastais Kilgors Trauts, pats Vonneguts uc. zināmas un ne tik zināmas, reālas un ne tik reālas personas.
Tiem, kas vēlas grāmatu ar siže...more
Dec 26, 2007 Mazzeo rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: First Time Vonnegut Readers
This is Vonnegut’s bestseller and my least favorite. To be honest, I didn’t think I’d like it when I picked it up. Generally speaking if I love an author, I don’t like his/her bestseller. This book focuses largely on the autobiographical aspect of his writing, but does not provide the fictional counterpoint found in books like “Slaughterhouse Five.” While it is amusing, I found myself wanting more at various points in the book, and at other points I felt like I had already read the text. In the...more
Greg Strandberg
If you're a Vonnegut fan you'll like this book. I read it back in 2003 or so when I read most of his stuff. I don't remember this one a whole lot, but I'd decided to go through all his works.

Like I said, not that memorable. If you want to check out this author's work, I'd recommend Sirens of Titan, which is my favorite.
I didn't like this book. I like Vonnegut, but this was repetitive. I'm so glad I don't have to hear about the timequake or "free will kicking in" or "ejaculating in birth canals." It was like a big bowl of random left over foods and you don't know what to make it into, so you just cook it all together and hope it taste like something. It was like an old senile man preparing for death and writing his thoughts randomly out on paper as they came into his head. Nostalgic, and arbitrary, and not that...more
Mohammad Ali Abedi
“I go home. I have had one heck of a good time. Listen: We are here on Earth to fart around. Don’t let anybody tell you any different.”

This is Kurt’s last book. He was in his 70s, and like a lot of his books, it’s a bit of a mixture of different ideas, going back and forth between characters and time zones, and also, a bit between fiction and non-fiction. He claims that he had been working on the book for ten years and did not succeed, so the book remaining almost becomes a novel about the strug...more
"a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit." (p.1)

"when things are really going well we should be sure to notice it" (p.12)

"New generations of Booboolings grew up without imaginations. Their appetites for diversions from boredom were perfectly satisfied by all the crap Nim-nim was selling them. Why not? What the heck.
Without imaginations, though, they couldn't do what their ancestors had done, which was to read interesting, heartwarming stories...more
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Kurt Vonnegut, Junior was an American novelist, satirist, and most recently, graphic artist. He was recognized as New York State Author for 2001-2003.

He was born in Indianapolis, later the setting for many of his novels. He attended Cornell University from 1941 to 1943, where he wrote a column for the student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun. Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journali...more
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