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Timequake
Timequake | Kurt Jr. Vonnegut
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On February 13th, 2001, according to Vonnegut, the universe will tire momentarily of expanding forever. What's the point? Maybe it would be more fun to shrink for a change, and have a reunion of all the stuff back where it began. Then it could make a great big BANG again. It will shrink back to February 17th, 1991, but will then decide that expansion is the way to go, after all. As time marches on once more to 2001, though, Vonnegut and Trout and everybody else and everything else will have to do exactly what they did the first time through the decade, for good or ill: marry the wrong person, bet on the wrong horse. Whatever! Ten years of deja vu all over again! At least deja vu doesn't cause physical injury and property damage.
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madamereadsalot1
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MySharonaK
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“All persons, living and dead, are purely coincidental.”

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nymphaeanerd
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Oh my god I haven't even gotten to page 1 and I already know I'm gonna love this book

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AMVP
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Damage to this copy aside, I can't help but wish the cover art was a good and striking as the books published by Dial Press. There's a decent Vintage Press cover, but I couldn't find that edition on sale anywhere.

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anniebannanie
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Loved this book even though I didn‘t understand a lot.

Cinfhen I‘ve never read Vonnegut 🤫🤫 12mo
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manifestsanity
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It was great to revisit Vonnegut's absurd funhouse. He had abandoned a novel that refused to work and deconstructs it via rambling memoir. The concept of this failed novel is that a fart in the time space continuum causes the years 1991-2001 to repeat and everyone goes through them on autopilot. This book was written years before 9/11. Vonnegut is a cantankerous prophet and this was an enjoyable trip back to his universe.

tjwill I think I need to reread it sometime! 13mo
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DHill
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Can‘t believe this was published in 1997. So many of his observations on religion, politics, relationships, society, seem especially relevant today. Love Vonnegut‘s wry and witty style.

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DHill
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Filling time while my daughter is at gymnastics practice.

britt_brooke KV 💚 2y
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DHill
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I‘ve had this on my TBR for forever. Time to get started.

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ValerieAndBooks
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Although maybe not as much of a classic as some of Vonnegut ‘s other works, Timequake does have #time in the title. I did give it a pick!

Next to it is the first Vonnegut I read 😄.

A few here are still TBR.

Review of Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons is from Time magazine, June 3 1974, was found inside that used book (TBR).

#Maylovesclassics

Leftcoastzen Nice to see those great titles all together! 2y
OrangeMooseReads Very nice collection 👍🏽 2y
BestDogDad Wonderful! KV knew how to put words together! 2y
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SleepyDragon
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1.California, usa
2.pseudo-science fiction
3.The Jefferson Bible
4.hot dogs
5.a small annoying dog and a grumpy Russian tortoise
6.what does the man in the yellow hat do for a living?

SleepyDragon Psuedo-science fiction is what I'm calling sci fi like Vonnegut, which usually contains very little science. Lol 2y
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izziebear
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‘Somebody should have told him that being a physicist, on a planet where the smartest animals hate being alive so much, means never having to say you‘re sorry.‘

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Booksnchill
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@britt_brooke these are the Vintage Classic editions- and my older Hardbacks #Vonnegut #BookDepository

britt_brooke Gah, these are so pretty! I told my husband I‘m blaming you if I spend a ton of money on Book Depository. 😉 2y
britt_brooke I love that Slapstick cover! 2y
HeatherBookNerd I‘ve got to check out this whole Book Depository thing! 2y
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Booksnchill @britt_brooke @HeatherBookNerd I am such an enabler!!! 2y
Leftcoastzen Love your hardcovers , I have a few of those! 2y
Booksnchill @Leftcoastzen I wish I had kept them all but I am trying to fill in what I have let go over the years! 2y
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britt_brooke
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"Ting-a-ling, motherfucker.” - Kilgore Trout

This semi-autobiographical “stew” is kind of bonkers, but I liked it. A must read for established fans.

Cathythoughts 😱😱😱 2y
batsy It was my first and so far only (but I'm gonna rectify that!) Vonnegut, and I was hooked despite it being bonkers 👍👍 2y
britt_brooke @batsy Oh good! I love his writing. 💚 2y
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britt_brooke
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I‘m going to pretend that I didn‘t just email Wynkoop and ask if they‘ll ever bring back this beer. And also can it then distribute it to Nashville. 🙃😆🙋🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️

BlueMonday42 If they do that, I‘ll be all over it. 2y
britt_brooke @BlueMonday42 Wouldn‘t it be amazing? I‘m just curious what kind of response I get, if any. 😁 We need to get the whole #Litsyverse to harass them until they finally cave. 2y
britt_brooke @BlueMonday42 Clearly, I think they‘ll think I‘m bats and move on with their day. 2y
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BlueMonday42 Nah. True Vonnegut fans will get it. People in our age bracket are bigger KV vans than we probably realize. 2y
britt_brooke @BlueMonday42 I hope you‘re right. I wish I had realized how much I loved him long before I did. I‘ve been kind of binge reading his books for a couple of years. Great Litsy handle, btw. 👍🏻 2y
BlueMonday42 I fell in love with Vonnegut when I was 16. My aunt gave me a copy of Slaughterhouse-Five for Christmas. I never tire of him. He‘s easy to binge. And thank you. 🙂 2y
BlueMonday42 It‘s never too late to realize how much you love a writer, especially with KV. Same happened to me with McCarthy. 2y
LeahBergen I so want them to answer you! Keep us updated. 👍🏻 2y
BarbaraBB Echoing @LeahBergen. Also, I love that you emailed them 😀! 2y
batsy What they said! ⬆️ I hope you get a reply & at least an old print of the label if they can't bring back the beer. It's the least they can do for Vonnegut fans 😀 2y
britt_brooke @BlueMonday42 I still need to read more McCarthy. What I‘ve read, I‘ve liked. His writing really makes you feel like you‘re inside the story which is kind of horrifying (in a good way). 2y
britt_brooke @BarbaraBB ☺️🙌🏻 2y
britt_brooke I‘ll be sure to post if I get a response. I‘d be completely happy with a label! @batsy @LeahBergen @BarbaraBB 2y
BlueMonday42 Exactly. Once you get used to him, you aren‘t so much reading as experiencing. I‘ve read all but a couple of his novels and I never get tired of him. 2y
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britt_brooke
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Finally getting back to some #Vonnegut; it‘s been a few months. The dust jacket for this one is really underwhelming. I had no idea it was so beautiful underneath! 😍

AlaMich What a lovely color!! But I'm a purple girl from way back!! 😊💜💜💜 2y
Booksnchill @britt_brooke I just ordered some #Vonnegut to fill out my collection- he was my favorite in HS but I only had mass market for most and they have gone over the years- there are new trade covers I found at Book Depository and I ordered several (still waiting) along with the new Complete stories volume that just came out- 💕 2y
MommyOfTwo Sounds interesting 2y
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OrangeMooseReads I should see what mine looks like under the dust jacket. Probably not as pretty as yours. 2y
britt_brooke @OrangeMooseReads This was a complete surprise. The dust jacket is really ugly/boring. 2y
britt_brooke @Booksnchill I‘ve been working on my collection, too. I still lack 2 or 3 (I think). I have the complete stories volume .... it‘s enormous! 💚 2y
britt_brooke @MommyOfTwo It‘s good so far! 2y
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BooksintheDelta
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Timequake is my favorite read from September 2017. It's profoundly thoughtful and funny. Put it at the TOP of your list! I read 5 books in total. Not bad but I can do better!

MinDea What did you think of Then There Were None? That is my December #BookToScreen buddy read. 2y
BooksintheDelta @MinDea I love it! Just don't read any spoilers. It's a joy to read for the first time, then again when you know "who-dunnit" 2y
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BooksintheDelta
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Ting-a-ling! To be fair I had started Timequake before I made this #tbrbingo card, so this was just finishing it up. But I had been dragging this book out longer in order to savor it. It's rare to know while you are finishing each chapter, rather than at the end of the book, that this one is worth slowing down. Easily a solid 5 stars.

MrBook Nice review! 2y
WhatDeeReads Great progress! What's next? 2y
BooksintheDelta @WhatDeeReads I think I'm going after the books just right of Hunger. A lot of good stuff for Fall and Halloween. (edited) 2y
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BooksintheDelta
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"I am eternally grateful to him, and indirectly to what Harvard used to be, I suppose, for my knack of finding in great books, some of them very funny books, reason enough to feel honored to be alive, no matter what else may be going on."

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ValerieAndBooks
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The title comes from a novel with a sci-fi premise that Vonnegut worked on without success. Apparently he gave up on that book. So instead, here he shares autobiographical thoughts and tidbits while inserting bits of the original plot. Kilgore Trout is here. This is one for fans of Vonnegut and his brand of humor. It shouldn't be a first read of his works. Am I the only one who thinks the cover design makes it look like a self-published book?

saresmoore It does look self-published! That font is pretty terrible. 3y
vivastory I agree. Vonnegut deserves better! 3y
batsy This was my first Vonnegut and I loved it. I remember thinking I had no idea what was going on but it was bonkers in a good way 😀 Agreed, that's not the greatest cover. 3y
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ValerieAndBooks @saresmoore @vivastory @batsy i just learned that this cover is an exact replica of the original hardcover, which came out in 1997 (Putnam). Maybe it was not a time of excellent cover design back then? And, @batsy, "bonkers in a good way" is a great way to describe most of Vonnegut ?! 3y
vivastory @saresmoore @batsy @ValerieAndBooks His complete short stories are being published in September 3y
GAustin My first Vonnegut was Breakfast of Champions. I read it to impress a girl. It worked, but didn't work out. However, I've been a fan of Vonnegut since. I think I've read them all. 3y
ValerieAndBooks @GAustin I read Cat's Cradle first a few years back; although good, it maybe was not the best Vonnegut to start with. Then more recently I read God Bless You Mr. Rosewater and am now hooked on the guy! I still have a lot left to read, including Breakfast of Champions. 3y
GAustin @ValerieAndBooks of course there is Slaughterhouse-Five to be read I am sure. certainly his most famous. Most acclaimed. 3y
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ValerieAndBooks
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Sorry if all this is hard to read -- I really liked Vonnegut's thoughts on art here, in response to his brother (retired scientist) who took up making art but would not sign the pieces or explain the why or how about them. I especially like this: "Pictures are famous for their humanness, and not for their pictureness". I need to get back to making art again!

vivastory Interesting passage, especially liked the phrase "Any work of art is half a conversation between two people.. ĺ 3y
ValerieAndBooks @vivastory Definitely all food for thought. Even though people have varying tastes in art and in techniques, I think all want to feel they understand it; thus the likening it to being a conversation. 3y
cathysaid I've never read Vonnegut. Where would you suggest I start? 3y
ValerieAndBooks @cathysaid Good question! I've only read a few of his works so far -- of those I liked this one the most, and it's a classic, so maybe a good place to start with him: 3y
cathysaid Thanks! 3y
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ValerieAndBooks
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So this is Vonnegut's description of writing 😂. This morning, tried to find Breakfast of Champions in my TBR (I know it's there somewhere), so settled on Timequake instead. So far I'm enjoying this semi-autobiography where Vonnegut goes back and forth from his character Kilgore Trout to bits about his own life.

batsy Love this book. 3y
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In some ways this book was rough going for me. It's shifting episodic structure and often zany tone frequently annoyed me. However, it has just enough humorous and thoughtful passages to make me glad I read it. Additionally, I was moved by the author's obvious love for his brother as expressed in the epilogue.

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keithmalek
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Swoopers write a story quickly, higgedly-piggedly, any which way. Then they go over it painstakingly, fixing everything that is just plain awful or doesn't work. Bashers go one sentence at a time, getting it exactly right before they go on to the next one.

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keithmalek
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Nothing wrecks any kind of love more effectively than the discovery that your previously acceptable behavior has become ridiculous.

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jdtchicago
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There is no way a beautiful woman can live up to what she looks like for any appreciable length of time.

DGRachel 😳 3y
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jdtchicago
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I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off. I reply, 'The Beatles did'.

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britt_brooke Excellent! 3y
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ScriboGero
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A masterpiece but, "not for everybody". Vonnegut weaves a book out of a science fiction story that never came together and personal musings. It's like listening to the old man down the street wax eloquent. The story explores the effect of living in an inescapable rerun. More memoir than story.