Timequake Author:Kurt Vonnegut According to science-fiction writer Kilgore Trout, a global timequake will occur in New York City on 13th February 2001. It is the moment when the universe suffers a crisis of conscience. Should it expand or make a great big bang? It decides to wind the clock back a decade to 1991, making everyone in the world endure ten years of deja-vu and a t... more »otal loss of free will - not to mention the torture of reliving every nanosecond of one of the tawdiest and most hollow decades. With his trademark wicked wit, Vonnegut addresses memory, suicide, the Great Depression, the loss of American eloquence, and the obsolescent thrill of reading books.« less
As a Vonnegut addict, I ADORE this book and don't feel completely comfortable if it's more than 5 feet away from me. However, don't make this the first KV book you read - much of it is the author rambling (in his typically insightful and hilarious way) and the uninitiated reader may be put off by the scattered storyline. The text in its entirety is MUCH more meaningful if you're already familiar with some of his other works.
Originally published in 1997. Paperback edition published in August 1998. At 2:27 pm 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?
Scraps of a story featuring sci-fi writer Kilgore Trout dealing with a timequake (when a glitch in the time-space continuum made everybody and everything do exactly what they'd done during the past decade, for good or ill, a second time) intertwined with Vonnegut's reminiscences and opinions on a world gone insane.