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Timequake is a mixture of autobiography and an account of what happens to the world when a timequake strikes in 2001. The universe shrinks back to 1991 and everyone is forced to relive a decade with no free will. Vonnegut now in his 70s relates stories about his family and friends and has a wise old sage's view of life and the world. Humour in the book springs from what happens when free will is suddenly restored as the timequake comes to an end. In the words of Kilgore Trout (Vonnegut's sci-fi writing alter-ego) “You were sick, but now you're well again, and there's work to do.”
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The review of this Book prepared by John Marcel

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Time Travel:    -   largely backwards/past Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Time Travel story?    -   Yes Story largely takes place in    -   1980's-2000

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   60's-90's


Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   little dialog

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