by Kurt Vonnegut


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A New York Times Notable Book from the acclaimed author of Slaughterhouse-Five, Breakfast of Champions, and Cat's Cradle.

At 2:27pm on February 13th of the year 2001, the Universe suffered a crisis in self-confidence. Should it go on expanding indefinitely? What was the point?

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399137372
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/1997
Pages: 219
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922-2007) is the author of the novels Cat's Cradle (1963), Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), and Breakfast of Champions (1973).

Date of Birth:

November 11, 1922

Date of Death:

April 11, 2007

Place of Birth:

Indianapolis, Indiana

Place of Death:

New York, New York


Cornell University, 1940-42; Carnegie-Mellon University, 1943; University of Chicago, 1945-47; M.A., 1971

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"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."

"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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Timequake 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
About a year and a half ago, some girl i know gave me a copy of this book and told my to read it, i took it just to be polite not really expecting to look at it, when i got home i was locked out with nothing to do but start reading this book and it changed my life. i had no idea who vonnegut was or what he wrote about. but i was instantly hooked, i loved the way it was written and the way the story broke away from itself and all off a sudden came together again. I since have read four of his other works and about twenty other books. i even started writing one of my own and i blame it all on kurt vonnegut and the girl who gave me the book. thank you both.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading six of Vonnegut's books in period of two months, I picked Timequake, thinking not much of it. I read the book in under 72 hours, put it down, and then read it 3 more times in a matter of weeks. Even though you do need to read some of his books to completely get this one, it's probably the best book I've ever read. Forget the classics, pick up this book because there is no possible way that you can not enjoy it.
ragwaine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
More like a biography. Not that funny. Repitious. No story, just babbling.
StephenBarkley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The premise is brilliant: Once upon a time the universe decided to rewind things ten years. Everyone has to relive the previous ten years over again. Some are put back in prison. Others are brought back to life. Everyone realizes rather quickly that they can't do anything to alter things. They relive an entire decade as slaves to their own former choices.Things get interesting when they re-approach the 10 year mark where the universe decided to do grand rewind. After living ten years on auto-pilot, people don't know what to do with free will!Unfortunately, the actual book doesn't live up to the brilliance of the plot. Vonnegut's meandering random style¿which in other works is unique and endearing¿is too scattered here. There are moments of brilliance but, in the end, too much confusion.Ting-a-ling!
-AlyssaE- on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i just finished this this book. i think that vonnegut is hilarious. this book made me think and wonder why he made this book. it makes me sad that he has passed away : ( this book did confuse me a bit not being able to really follow the time quakes. but still an interesting book. i loved it
esoteric on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Paper-thin plot, but interesting enough in its own mostly-autobiographical way. Poignant and beautiful at times, but Mr. Vonnegut mostly just comes across as curmudgeonly old man. But then I guess he was at this point.
danconsiglio on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Freakin' amazing! If you hate people you need to read this book. Seriously. It will make you hate them more. And enjoy your hatred more. Wow. Seriously. Wow.
flissp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I just found this incredibly boring.
petrojoh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mr. Vonnegut has delved into the territory of the cranky old man.
miketroll on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Vonnegut would probably describe himself as a likeable old fart. This, his self-proclaimed last novel, was not so endearing. I wondered why, if the world had turned so sour on him, he wanted to tell everyone about it.
sflax on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Later work" often means "lesser work," but not in Vonnegut's case. Timequake reminded me of every reason I love Vonnegut. It was funny and sad, and occasionally bordered on mind-blowing. The passages about writing make it particularly enjoyable for those who like to write.
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Analogkid60 More than 1 year ago
Part Autobiography, Part Fiction, a Complete Joy If you read this book’s jacket, you already know the story. A timequake forces everyone back to ’91 for a ten year rerun. When it wears off and people don’t know how to react, failed sci-fi writer and veteran Vonnegut character, Kilgore Trout saves the day. I love the concept. I certainly wouldn’t mind reliving the 90’s, but the last decade was a real drag. The only criticism I have is that the story is minimized and the focus is on the author’s personal anecdotes and family stories. Then again, that’s Vonnegut. For the uninitiated, Vonnegut is the literary equivalent of pizza. He provides intellectual nourishment without being too preachy and overbearing. The thing I love most about him is the way he tells a ridiculous story in his deadpan, matter-of-fact tone. So, pour yourself a beverage of choice, put your feet up, and enjoy a delightful, effortless read.
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I like the amazimg booi on this nook even know its my faverite color
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tunic2 More than 1 year ago
I rarely read books more than once. There are just too many that sound good that I haven't gotten to yet. Timequake, however, is the exception to the rule. I have a copy above my desk and every now and then pull it off the shelf and read a chapter. Why? I'm not sure, but I do that with no other book. It's funny, clever, and insightful.
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