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Timequake Paperback – 7 August 1998

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Utterly original...capable of moving from irony to lament within a sentence, Guardian

Reading Timequake... I feel privileged to have spent several hours in the company of a most genial, affable and upbeat soul indeed...a wise, winning and utterly charming concoction of fiction, commentary and autobiography, Literary Review

Timequake is sweet, wild and cock-eyed... Vonnegut has always had a true comic ear... A beautifully fastidious writer, utterly original, Guardian

Fascinating digressions, epigrams and memories, vitalised by Vonnegut's irrepressible intelligence and comic imagination, creating a movingly intimate work, Harper's Bazaar

Highly entertaining... The portraits of Vonnegut's first wife, brother and sister are beautiful, sharp, critical, loving, New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis in 1922 and studied biochemistry at Cornell University. An army intelligence scout during the Second World War, he was captured by the Germans and witnessed the destruction of Dresden by Allied bombers, an experience which inspired his classic novel Slaughterhouse-Five. After the war he worked as a police reporter, an advertising copywriter and a public relations man for General Electric. His first novel Player Piano (1952) achieved underground success. Cat's Cradle (1963) was hailed by Graham Greene as 'one of the best novels of the year by one of the ablest living authors'. His eighth book, Slaughterhouse-Five was published in 1969 and was a literary and commercial success, and was made into a film in 1972. Vonnegut is the author of thirteen other novels, three collections of stories and five non-fiction books. Kurt Vonnegut died in 2007.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, moving paradoxical, wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vonnegut is an acquired taste, and this is him at his best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A poignant ending to a remarkable career
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant prose
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mordant whimsy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Late Vonnegut - witty but pessimistic
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the authors best book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great read, but an unforgivable amount of typos.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Es gibt Arbeit, packen wir es an
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5.0 out of 5 stars "If your brains were dynamite there wouldn't be enough to blow your hat off." - Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All good except if you choose to order from PBC.
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