“All persons, living and dead, are purely coincidental.”
Loved this book even though I didn‘t understand a lot.
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.
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).
3.The Jefferson Bible
5.a small annoying dog and a grumpy Russian tortoise
6.what does the man in the yellow hat do for a living?
"Ting-a-ling, motherfucker.” - Kilgore Trout
This semi-autobiographical “stew” is kind of bonkers, but I liked it. A must read for established fans.
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. 🙃😆🙋🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️🤷🏼♀️
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! 😍
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!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.