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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  29,956 Ratings  ·  1,354 Reviews
According to science-fiction writer Kilgore Trout, a global timequake will occur in New York City on 13th February 2001. It is the moment when the universe suffers a crisis of conscience. Should it expand or make a great big bang? It decides to wind the clock back a decade to 1991, making everyone in the world endure ten years of deja-vu and a total loss of free will - not ...more
Paperback, 219 pages
Published August 6th 1998 by Vintage Classics (first published 1997)
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Oct 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another fun, rambling visit with cantankerous old Uncle Kurt.

As with most of his works, it is not so much what he writes, as how he writes it. He is funny. He is amusing and entertaining.

Here's the thing: It's about a timequake, where the world goes back 10 years and everyone and everything re-lives the past ten years all over again.

Listen: Kurt is too slick, this is an allegory about how our society will re-live our past, history will repeat itself because we are too stupid and apathetic to
“In real life, as in Grand Opera, arias only make hopeless situations worse.”
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Timequake


Timequake was one of the first books my wife ever gave me. I don't know why it took me so long to read. I WAS a huge fan of Vonnegut 20 years ago when we first got married and I loved my wife. Clearly, I at age 23 I wasn't a fan of Vonnegut enough or trusted my wife's taste in books enough. I think I was just fearful Vonnegut was just mailing a final novel in. This was one of the last thin
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2ND READ-THROUGH: There’s a lot going on here. Ruminations on life and regret, but strangely enough, Vonnegut’s trademark “cynicism” doesn’t quite sound so cynical to me. Dare I say, there’s a lot of hope and gratitude contained in this - a book that functions like an autobiography moreso than the novel within the novel it’s (marginally) attempting to tell. Suffice it to say, NO ONE writes like this, or this well, or this deeply, in the way Vonnegut does. This book had me laughing and tearing up ...more
Feb 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novella
قدیس کسی است که در یک جامعه مبتذل، با شرافت زندگی میکند. ...more
Come the half way point or so in this book I was rather indignantly thinking how wrong all the harsh criticism of it is. As usual Vonnegut was making me liberally annotate as I wrote. Here: Yes! There: Haha! Somewhere else: Ting-a-ling!!! By the end, however, it was a chore. Those explanation points! Those ting-a-lings!!! I wanted to get right into the very paper of the book and kill them!!!!

Maybe it’s worth reading as a piece on how writers suffer when they can’t write – or think they can’t wri
Nov 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
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.
Oct 08, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
I suppose it would be fair to call this a rant. Essentially, this is a summary of a novel Vonnegut struggles to write mixed with reflections from his life. The two main characters in this semi-auto-biographical novel are Kilgore Trout, Vonnegut's alter-ego, and the author himself. The fact that much of the narrative consists of tangential reflections on actual events in the author's life make it difficult to distinguish between fact and fiction in this book.

Obviously, there was no "timequake" in
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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
Adam Floridia
This has the distinct honor of being my favorite KV book!

On re-reading 8/18/15 in preparation for English 298: The Novels of Kurt Vonnegut (which will probably be canceled due to low enrollment):

After a decade, re-reading this same novel, as if in a timequake, I can only repeat what my thoughts were the first time I read it: Wow, this is one of the best book's I've ever read. It's one of the best examples of postmodernism. It's one of the best examples of the value of art. It's one of the most
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vonnegut
"Ting-a-ling, motherfucker.” - Kilgore Trout

This semi-autobiographical “stew” is kind of bonkers, but I liked it. A must read for established fans.
MJ Nicholls
May 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Bernard Batubara
jika racun anggrek hantu dalam dongeng raden mandasia dapat diolah menjadi bubur kertas dan berakhir sebagai buku berisi penuh tulisan, mungkin buku inilah hasilnya.

'gempa waktu' novel kurt vonnegut membuat saya terpingkal-pingkal selama tiga hari terakhir, dan sebagai puncaknya, semalam saya muntah dua kali semburan. kisah yang ia tulis adalah parodi atas kehidupan nyata yang ia jalani.

lelucon vonnegut satir dan sikapnya terhadap beberapa hal di dunia begitu sinis, tetapi dalam beberapa hal la
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“You are not enough people!”

Worth reading just for this quote.
A lot of fun...
Mar 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.

Feb 29, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
J. Kevin
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 03, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reto-2016
Antes de Vonnegut, los viajes en el tiempo suponían una deliciosa fuente de enrevesadas paradojas narrativas. Pero el famoso escritor norteamericano, haciendo uso de su retorcido ingenio, se las arregla para transformar todo el árbol de decisiones que podría plantear este tipo de acontecimientos en un pésimo gag cronológico donde cada acción se repite sin posibilidad de cambio. La idea me parecía atractiva. La forma de resolverla, no. Dejando a un lado momentos puntuales de relativa brillantez, ...more
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Como siempre que leo algún libro de Malpaso, tengo que empezar quejándome por el trabajo de los editores. Me choca (por no utilizar ninguna palabra más gruesa) que alguien identifique un buen trabajo de edición con ponerle tapa dura a un libro o con colorear el filo de sus hojas para que quede más bonito, y que deje mientras tanto el texto plagado de errores ortotipográficos. Muchas editoriales creen que al mercado lo están matando los escritores independientes pero no: yo creo que lo están mata ...more
Robert Gelb
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
I love Vonnegut. I love his style, his creativity, and his ability to fluctuate from nonsensical hilarity to somber humanism. He makes me feel, something not many books do.

However, let's be a little honest here: about 10% through this book, along with going through Breakfast of Champions, it seems that since his high level of success in the 1960s, Kurt stuck his head inside of his anus, and never pulled it out. He is probably one of the most famous authors to create such a self sustaining mechan
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Nov 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
پس با این وجود چه توجیهی برای نوشتن داستان هست؟ اینطور پاسخ میدهم: احساس میکنم افراد زیادی شدیدا محتاج دریافت این پیام هستند که «من هم مثل تو میاندیشم و احساس میکنم و من هم برخلاف بیشتر مردم به خیلی از چیزهایی که برایت ارزش دارند، اهمیت میدهم. تو تنها نیستی.»

از بخش ۵۸ صفحهٔ ۲۴۴، برگردان مهدی صداقت پیام، چاپ سوم ۱۳۸۷ انتشارات مروارید
Marts  (Thinker)
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Some entertaining and some thought provoking ramblings of Vonnegut....
Erin Cataldi
“Many people need desperately to receive this message: 'I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone..” This book is about a disruption in the time continuum, but at it's heart, it's soo soo much more. It meanders it's way through reminisces of war, a childhood spent in Indianapolis, ex-wives, family members, science fiction, dark jokes, and so much more. Vonnegut is the master at spinning a tale whi ...more
Michael Gardner
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Timequake is an interesting read, part autobiography, part fiction. It’s like listening to your unreliable granddad trying to tell a story and wandering off on different tangents. Although many parts read like a sermon, I can’t think of anyone else I’d like to preach to me more than Vonnegut.

At the heart of his books is a sincere, deeply thoughtful and inspiring analysis of what it means to be human. In the same way he ignores traditional story structures and invents his own, Vonnegut has wonder
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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
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