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Timequake [Kindle Edition]

Kurt Vonnegut
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Kurt Vonnegut wasn't too crazy about the first version of his latest (and, he says, last) book Timequake, which is part memoir, part rescued novel. As he writes in the introduction, "My great big fish, which stunk so, was entitled Timequake." The book was originally going to be about a cosmic rerun, where the whole world does one decade over again exactly as it did before. However, after a decade in a writer's block continuum, Vonnegut decided to jump ship and salvage what he could from the wreckage of "a novel that never wanted to be written." He "filleted" the big stinky sucker, took its best parts out and made a "stew", seasoning it with memories and personal anecdotes. Vonnegut's alter ego, Kilgore Trout, the science fiction writer from previous novels (Slaughterhouse Five, Galapagos, Breakfast of Champions), looks back on his life as well when he meets up with Vonnegut at a clambake after history has repeated itself. Both authors discuss the idea of paralyzed "free will", the loss of loved ones and why "being alive is a crock of shit". Although it's filled with Vonnegut's unmistakable sarcasm and quirky insights, Timequakeisn't a streamlined novel with a tightly bound plot and strictly directed characters. It's a loose, free-flowing farewell from one of America's most beloved voices in popular fiction.

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Kurt Vonnegut wasn't too crazy about the first version of his latest (and, he says, last) book Timequake, which is part memoir, part rescued novel. As he writes in the introduction, "My great big fish, which stunk so, was entitled Timequake." The book was originally going to be about a cosmic rerun, where the whole world does one decade over again exactly as it did before. However, after a decade in a writer's block continuum, Vonnegut decided to jump ship and salvage what he could from the wreckage of "a novel that never wanted to be written." He "filleted" the big stinky sucker, took its best parts out and made a "stew", seasoning it with memories and personal anecdotes. Vonnegut's alter ego, Kilgore Trout, the science fiction writer from previous novels (Slaughterhouse Five, Galapagos, Breakfast of Champions), looks back on his life as well when he meets up with Vonnegut at a clambake after history has repeated itself. Both authors discuss the idea of paralyzed "free will", the loss of loved ones and why "being alive is a crock of shit". Although it's filled with Vonnegut's unmistakable sarcasm and quirky insights, Timequakeisn't a streamlined novel with a tightly bound plot and strictly directed characters. It's a loose, free-flowing farewell from one of America's most beloved voices in popular fiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 415 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 276 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: B004TDOI5W
  • Verlag: Vintage Digital; Auflage: New Ed (31. August 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005G37TE6
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (51 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #189.782 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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Kurt Vonnegut wurde 1922 in Indianapolis geboren. Er studierte an den Universitäten von Chicago und Tennessee und begann dann, für verschiedene Zeitschriften Kurzgeschichten zu schreiben. Seinen ersten Roman, Player Piano (Das höllische System), veröffentlichte er 1952. Es folgten viele weitere Romane, u.a. The Sirens of Titan (1959) (Die Sirenen des Titan), Mother Night (1961) (Mutter Nacht), Cat's Cradle (1963) (Katzenwiege), God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1964) (Gott segne Sie, Mr. Rosewater), Welcome to the Monkey House (1968) (Geh zurück zu deiner lieben Frau), eine Sammlung von Kurzgeschichten, sowie Breakfast of Champions (1973) (Frühstück für Helden), Slapstick, or Lonesome No More (1976) (Slapstick), Jailbird (1979) (Galgenvogel), Deadeye Dick (1982) (Zielwasser), Galapagos (1985) (Galapagos), Bluebeard (1987) (Blaubart) und Hocus Pocus (1990) (Hokus Pokus oder wohin so eilig?). Während des Zweiten Weltkriegs geriet Vonnegut in deutsche Kriegsgefangenschaft und wurde Zeuge der Luftangriffe auf Dresden, eine Erfahrung, die er in seinem berühmtesten Werk, Slaughterhouse Five or The Children's Crusade(1969) (Schlachthof 5 oder der Kinderkreuzzug), verarbeitete. Außerdem veröffentlichte er einen Band mit Reden und Reportagen, Palm Sunday (1981) (Das Nudelwerk), sowie die autobiographische Collage Fates Worse than Death (1991) (Dann lieber gleich tot).

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5.0 von 5 Sternen My first of Vonnegut's masterpieces! 10. Juli 2000
Format:Taschenbuch
Before Timequake, I had never read anything by Kurt Vonnegut! What an introduction! Kurt Vonnegut has a unique and truly moral view of the way the world is and should be. A Timequake occurs in 2001, shooting everyone back to 1991, in the decade of the timequake, people must do exactly as they did the first time through. Back in the year 2001, people find they no longer know how to live and make decisions for themselves anymore, they can't walk, fly planes, drive, etc. Support groups form and people finally have to rely on one another for help, and they succeed!
This book is full of imagery, espousing Vonnegut's unique view of humanity. Come study the true nature of humanity with one of the masters of American English. Learn his view of things, agree, disagree, think, rethink, know. This was truly a great introduction to the literature of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Cranky, but still a genius 20. Dezember 1999
Format:Taschenbuch
Reading TIMEQUAKE makes two things eminently clear.
One, Kurt Vonnegut has become a cranky old man. The book is full of diatribes about how newfangled gadgets like TVs and computers have ruined the world. He even occasionally lets slip a wistful cliche like "the lost art of conversation." In contrast to his SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE character Billy Pilgrim, Vonnegut himself has become stuck in time, viewing today's world from the distant vantage of the 1930s and 40s, and declaring the modern era postliterate, and therefore fallen. He even lends authority to his viewpoint by finally acknowledging his place in the pantheon of the century's greatest writers, a place which he richly deserves.
And that brings me to the second insight that TIMEQUAKE makes readily apparent: Vonnegut's literary genius is undimmed. The man can put words together like nobody else on earth -- his passages and paragraphs are so mind-altering that they ought to be considered controlled substances. The timequake at the center of this book is a wonderfullly pliable symbol, allowing Vonnegut fresh takes on all his familiar themes: war, suffering, the arts, the human capacity for evil, and the mysterious dynamic of free will versus predetermination. What's more, the book is unfailingly, hysterically funny, resonating with that particular Vonnegutian laugh, a laugh that carries an abyss of blackness within its mirth, but is nonetheless somehow comforting.
Those who complain that the book is rambling or lacks direction are missing the boat entirely. As Vonnegut himself explains midway through the book (perhaps in anticipation of this very criticism), his writing style is that of a "basher.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointing 30. Juli 1998
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I'm surprised at how many extremely positive reviews were provided by other readers. It must be the same phenomenon that led to lifetime achievement awards being granted to Eric Clapton and Clint Eastwood in their respective fields.
Contrary to the media reviews, this is not a rescued novel that is part memoir. It is almost entirely a memoir with a little bit of a story thrown in here and there for the hell of it (or for want of not wasting his failed novel.)
Having read and enjoyed just about everything he has written, I'm not surprised at what some readers termed as the "morose" quality of the book. Strong cynicism is what Vonnegut has always been about and it is, in my opinion, one of his most endearing qualities. So it is not that that bothered me. It was more the feeling I had, as I read this book, that I had been duped by all the hype into thinking I had actually bought a novel.
The most disturbing thing about this book, was that the lit! tle semblance of story it did possess was merely a tired rehashing of themes he has already developed and presented over and over again in past novels. There was really nothing new added here. In the end, that made it tend toward the tedious. Basically, this book wouldn't have been published if had been written by anyone who was not already a proven draw.
I think he should have stopped at Bluebeard, which was a wonderful parable of his own life as an artist and would have been a perfect last novel.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Vonnegut is back! 11. Februar 1999
Format:Taschenbuch
Vonnegut is back! Timequake reflects the wacky, whimsical improbabilities of Cat's Cradle and the temporal vertigo of Slaughterhouse Five. Put another way.....some of the mud sits up, and then it has to sit up again!! Jimmy Buffet sings,"...if we couldn't laugh, we'd all go insane." Mr. Vonnegut portrays the ludicrous aspects of our existence by randomly rambling through a series of personal recollections, old jokes, apocryphal vignettes, and trashed (literally) short stories from Kilgore Trout - all the while protecting our sanity with droll, incisive humor. The author states in the beginning of the book that "a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit." Mr. Vonnegut makes us appreciate being alive while his literary darts consistently hit the bullseye of life's incongruities? Why? Call it 'misery loves company'; we realize we're not alone in recognizing the lunacy, and this gives us hope. Read this book and live. Read it slowly and carefully. Then, when the real timequake hits, you'll have the unique pleasure of experiencing the whole thing a second time.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Es gibt Arbeit, packen wir es an
Vonnegut ist ein begnadeter Autor. Doch wer ihn noch nicht kennt... Fangt mit einem anderen Buch von ihm an!

Timequake ist im Grunde ein weiteres Meisterwerk. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 8 Monaten von Abby Normal veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen As a first read...
This was the first Vonnegut book I read which is unusual for most people who read Vonnegut. It took me a while to catch onto his way of writing and I put the book down a few times... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 23. Juni 2000 von "denel"
5.0 von 5 Sternen The Master At Work
With Timequake, Kurt Vonnegut shows that he still has the ability to bring the reader on one of his amazingly unique and unpredictable rides. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. Mai 2000 von Adam R. Sanders
1.0 von 5 Sternen STAMP: Return to Writer
Vonnegut's 19th, and allegedly last, novel is a mish-mash only diehard Vonnegut fans are likely to appreciate. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 13. Mai 2000 von A. Ross
4.0 von 5 Sternen Not average Vonnegut
This book is not for all people. If you have not read this author before you won't want ot read this book. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 9. Mai 2000 von Alex
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book
This is Vonnegut at his best. It is very funny andinteresting. If you liked any of Vonnegut's books read this one! Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 4. April 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen It's the end of the world as we know it - and I feel fine!
Life for me lately has become a bit mundane. You know, the usual: bills, hassles with my stupid boss, car problems, greedy landlords, etc. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 13. März 2000 von Maximus Atheist
4.0 von 5 Sternen His last book
Timequake reflects on Vonnegut's life more than his other novels. It contains alot of short stories that are creatively incorporated into the flow of his novel. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 24. Februar 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Highly recommended
I have read most of Vonneguts books and I'd have to say I enjoyed this one the most. Awesome book. But really you will have to read it to know so no point in my going on about... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 22. Februar 2000 von just some guy
3.0 von 5 Sternen The life and ramblings of Kurt Vonnegut
My introduction to Kurt Vonnegut was through a well-worn copy of "Breakfast of Champions", picked up for 15 cents at the Vincent de Paul Store. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 18. Februar 2000 von Charlie
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