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Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
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Dec 27, 2009

really liked it
Read in January, 2010

** spoiler alert ** Finally finished Timequake. This is one of those books that doesn't take on the shape of anything you've ever read, unless maybe you're familiar with Vonnegut. It's part fiction and part autobiographical, definitely comedy and introspective. The story follows Kilgore Trout in a non linear fashion as he lives through a timequake--a moment when the universe shrinks and thus sends everything back ten years. So if you happened to have lost your husband you'd have to lose him again. If you weren't born yet you'd have to be born again and so on and so on. What you get is pieces of history from all characters involved, including Vonnegut.

This story is largely funny, and sometimes laugh out loud in nature. It makes you want to repeat what you just read to whomever is sitting next to you. "Ting-a-ling!" Moments in this book hit you immediately. For instance, once the ten years are over Trout proclaims "Free will! Free will!" And it's kind of a bummer because now people have to know stuff about what's in their life instead of just being on auto pilot.

But I would imagine that this book is not for everyone. Vonnegut moves in and out of fiction and non-fiction at will and the story does not necessarily go anywhere. One must accept that the story relies on your appreciation of this off beat style. The story, if you want to call it that, without the autobiography element would be about 50 pages. It doesn't hurt the read but if you're looking for story and character development and anything traditional to happen in traditional time you will be disappointed.

I loved it.

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