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According to science fiction writer Kilgore Trout a global timeuake 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 total 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 elouence and the obsolescent thrill of reading books

10 thoughts on “Timeuake

  1. says:

    Another fun rambling visit with cantankerous old Uncle Kurt As with most of his works it is not so much what he writes as how he writes it He is funny He is amusing and entertaining Here's the thing It's about a timeuake where the world goes back 10 years and everyone and everything re lives the past ten years all over again Listen Kurt is too slick this is an allegory about how our society will re live our past history will repeat itself because we are too stupid and apathetic to make a change Imagine All that and Kilgore Trout Loved it

  2. says:

    “Many people need desperately to receive this message 'I feel and think much as you do care about many of the things you care about although most people do not care about them You are not alone” I was intrigued by the concept of Kurt Vonnegut's last novel a 'timeuake' beginning on February 13 2001 rewinds the clock back to 1991 It's maddening of course Everyone must live those years again exactly as they'd done before all the while knowing what will happen but unable to change anything When people go from living in a continuous state of deja vu to being able to exercise free will things go even further off the rails like pileups at the bottom of the escalator Front and center in this novel is Vonnegut's alter ego Kilgore Trout as well as Vonnegut himself who narrates the book With Vonnegut providing specific and often poignant details about his life family and relationships as well as his views and interactions with said alter ego Timeuake veers toward autobiography than novel And for Vonnegut this works Though the timeuake is a frame for Kilgore and Vonnegut this device made me think about how I would react to one of these timeuakes starting with 1991 to 2001 Even with so much to look forward to could I be happy knowing all that would happen in the rewind? Would any rewind really be satisfying? The conceit that people have free will is explored when the timeuake ends and don't really seem to exercise free will Even though Kilgore Trout doesn't believe in free will like a Paul Revere of the space time continuum he announces its return It's an interesting image that allows Vonnegut to enter into a dialogue with 'American patriot' Trout about free will and humanity Even interesting it feels like you are witnessing the last words of both men's long cantankerous lives or a moving on as both men wave farewell to who and what had been important to them And then there is the clambake at the end of the journey I especially recommend this novel to fans of Kilgore Trout This is a satisfying entertaining and thought provoking novel 425 stars “In real life as in grand opera arias only make hopeless situations worse”

  3. says:

    “In real life as in Grand Opera arias only make hopeless situations worse” Kurt Vonnegut Jr TimeuakeTimeuake was one of the first books my wife ever gave me I don't know why it took me so long to read I WAS a huge fan of Vonnegut 20 years ago when we first got married and I loved my wife Clearly I at age 23 I wasn't a fan of Vonnegut enough or trusted my wife's taste in books enough I think I was just fearful Vonnegut was just mailing a final novel in This was one of the last things he published and I think it was his last novel I might check this and find out I was wrong it happens Anyway I think all three of us were right My wife was beautifully right in buying me Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut was right in writing it I was right in waiting I wasn't ready for this book I'm now 20 years closer to death I am now a father to two pimply teenagers who are sleeping tonight waiting for their parents to pretend still they are Santa and bring them goodies on Christmas morning We are all pretending the best we can We are all making the best of this short spin on Earth I am now in a place where I can functionally GET the older Vonnegut better I can get better his take on free will money morality and art Timeuake isn't a great novel but it has absolutely brilliant parts I love its lines and sentences better than I liked the book It has a fantastic message about extended family and friends and community that I absolutely adored It has so many good lines yes I said that before but now I'm going to pull back the curtain Only when free will kicked in again could they stop running obstacle courses of their own construction Let us be perfectly frank for a change For practically everybody the end of the world can’t come soon enough I define a saint as a person who behaves decently in an indecent society when things were really going well we should be sure to notice it “Pictures are famous for their humanness and not for their pictureness”

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    Timeuake Kurt Vonnegut Timeuake is a semi autobiographical work by Kurt Vonnegut Jr published in 1997 Marketed as a novel the book was described as a stew by Vonnegut in which he summarizes a novel he had been struggling with for a number of years Kilgore Trout serves again as the main character who the author declares as having died in 2001 at the fictitious Xanadu retreat in Rhode Island Vonnegut explains in the beginning of the book that he was not satisfied with the original version of Timeuake he wrote Taking parts of Timeuake One and combining it with personal thoughts and anecdotes produced the finished product so called Timeuake Two Many of the anecdotes deal with Vonnegut's family the death of loved ones and people's last words تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز دهم ماه آگوست سال 2004 میلادیعنوان زمان لرزه ؛ نویسنده کورت ونه‌گات؛ مترجم مهدی صداقت پیام، تهران، انتشارات مروارید؛ 1382؛ در 282 ص؛ شابک 9649937011؛چاپ دوم 1385، در 281 ص؛ چاپ سوم 1388؛ چاپ پنجم 1395؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی سده 20 معنوان زمان لرزه ؛ نویسنده کورت ونه‌گات جونیور؛ مترجم حسین شهرابی، کاروان؛ 1384؛ در 312 ص؛ شابک 9648497389؛عنوان زمان لرزه ؛ نویسنده کورت ونه‌گات؛ مترجم نصیبه حسین پور؛ تهران، نشر جمهوری؛ 1393؛ در 250 ص؛ شابک 9786005687347؛ چاپ دوم 1395؛ چاپ سوم 1398؛ عنوان زمان لرزه ؛ نویسنده کورت ونه‌گات؛ مترجم معصومه فخار؛ قم، کتابستان معرفت؛ 1397؛ در 320 ص؛ شابک 9786008460558؛در اثر لرزشی که در زمان رخ میدهد، همه کس و همه چیز از روز سیزدهم ماه فوریه سال 2001 میلادی، به روز هفدهم ماه فوریه سال 1991 میلادی باز میگردند همه ی افراد گذشته ی خود که اینک تبدیل به آینده ی ایشان شده را به یاد دارند، اما توان دیگر کردن آن ندارند در این دهسال مجبور هستند همچنان همان کارهای تکراری را انجام دهند، تا دوباره به سال 2001 میلادی بازگشته و دارای اختیار شوند «ونه گات» در این رمان کوشش میکند با زبان طنز، تصاویری بدیع و زیبا از خانواده اش، مردم آمریکا، سیاستمداران، دانشمندان و ارائه نماید بیانی بسیار روان، زیبا و دلپذیر که به صورت ناگهانی از موضوعی به موضوع دیگر میرود و با موشکافی و ریزبینی مسائل را مورد انتقاد قرار میدهد «کورت ونه گوت جونیور» از معدود نویسندگان معاصر بودند، که رمان‌های ایشان، نه تنها در آمریکا، بلکه در سراسر جهان، با پیشواز گسترده‌ ای روبرو میشد و خواهد شد این نویسنده‌ ی آمریکایی آلمانی‌ تبار، علاوه بر نقد جامعه‌ ی خویش، تلاش می‌کنند، تا غیرانسانی بودن فجایعی، همچون جنگ، بمب اتم، و فروپاشی نهاد خانواده را، در دنیای کنونی، با زبان طنز بیان کنند از این‌روی، طنز «ونه گوت»، هیچ مرزی نمی‌شناسد، و پیشواز از آثار ایشان، در ایران نیز، موید همین نکته است در رمان‌های «ونه گوت»، زبان و تأثیر آن، برای فهم واقعیت، اهمیتی بیش از شخصیت‌ پردازی، و پیرنگ، پیدا می‌کند، که همین امر باعث می‌شود، خوانش آثار «ونه گوت»، تجربه‌ ای تکرار ناپذیر باشد «زمان لرزه»، که برای نخستین بار، در سال 1997 میلادی، در آمریکا به چاپ رسید، آخرین اثر این نویسنده‌ ی بزرگوار، دوران ما بوده است «ونه گوت» پس از این رمان، رسماً اعلام کردند، که دیگر رمانی نخواهند نوشت، و این رمان، نقطه‌ ی پایان فعالیت‌های داستان‌ نویسی‌ ایشان خواهد بود نقل از آغاز متن «جونیور خطابم کنید شش بچه ی بزرگسالم با همین اسم صدایم میکنند سه تای آنها خواهرزاده ها، و در عین حال فرزند خوانده های من هستند، و سه تای دیگر هم بچه های خودم آنها پشت سرم به من میگویند جونیور و فکر میکنند که من این را نمیدانم من در سخنرانیهایم میگویم یکی از وظایف مهم هنرمندان این است، که دست کم به اندازه ی سر سوزنی مردم را به ادامه ی زندگی تشویق کنند آن وقت حضار میپرسند آیا هنرمندانی را میشناسم که موفق به انجام این کار شده باشند، من هم جواب میدهم «بیتلز» به نظرم تکامل یافته ترین مخلوقات زمینی، زنده بودن را شرم آور، و حتی چیزی بدتر از آن میدانند دیگر چه برسد به موارد بحرانیتر، مثل وقتیکه آرمانگرایان به صلیب کشیده میشوند دو نفر از زنان مهم زندگیم، یکی مادرم، و دیگری تنها خواهرم «آلیس» یا «اَلی»، که هم اینک آن بالا در بهشت اند، از زندگی متنفر بودند و آن را با صراحت بیان میکردند «اَلی» فریاد میزد، «تسلیم، تسلیم»؛ مارک تواین، بامزه ترین آمریکایی دوران خودش، در هفتاد سالگی مثل من به این نتیجه رسید، که زندگی برای خودش و دیگران، آکنده از فشارهای روحی است، و این چنین نوشت «از زمانی که به بلوغ رسیده ام، هرگز دلم نخواسته است کسی از دوستانم که به دیار باقی شتافته، دوباره زنده شود» او این جملات را در مقاله ای آورده که پس از مرگ ناگهانی دخترش «ژان» نوشته است «ژان» و یکی دیگر از دخترهایش «سوزی»، و همسر محبوبش و بهترین دوستش، «هنری راجرز»، از جمله کسانی بودند که او هرگز مایل نبود به زندگی برگردند گرچه عمرِ تواین به جنگ جهانی اول نرسید، ولی چنین دیدگاهی داشت مسیح در موعظه اش بر بالای کوه گفت، که زندگی چقدر مزخرف است «آنان که سوگواری میکنند، آمرزیده خواهند شد» و «بردباران آمرزیده خواهند شد» و «آنانکه برای کار خیر تشنه و گرسنه میگردند، آمرزیده خواهند شد»؛ این جمله ی «هنری دیوید تورو» هم شهرت زیادی دارد «زندگانی توده ی مردم درماندگی ای خاموش است»؛ پس به اندازه ی سرسوزنی هم عجیب نیست، که ما آب و هوا و خاک را آلوده کنیم، و دستگاههای فریبنده و نابودگر نظامی و صنعتی بسازیم بیایید برای یکبار هم که شده، رک و راست باشیم زیرا عملاً برای همه ی ما دنیا در آینده ای نزدیک به پایان نخواهد رسید پدرم، «کورت سینیور»، که در «ایندیاناپلیس» معمار بود، سرطان داشت پانزده سال پس از خودکشی همسرش، پلیس اتومبیل او را به جرم رد کردن چراغ قرمز متوقف کرد، و تازه معلوم شد که او بیست سال بدون داشتن گواهینامه رانندگی میکرده است میدانید پدرم به افسری که جلویش را گرفت چه گفت؟ «خب شلیک کن»؛ «فتس والر»، پیانیست آفریقایی آمریکایی سبک جاز، همیشه وقتی خیلی خوب پیانو میزد، و اجرای درخشانی داشت، یک جمله را با صدای بلند فریاد میزد «لطفاً حالا که سرخوشم یک نفر مرا با تیر بزند»؛ امروزه استفاده از اسلحه ی گرم، به راحتی استفاده از فندک است قیمتش هم مثل قیمت توسترها، خیلی ارزان است، و هر کسی که هوس کشتن پدرش، یا «فتس» یا «آبراهام لینکلن» یا «جان لنون» یا «مارتین لوترکینگ جونیور» یا زنی را داشته باشد، که کالسکه بچه اش را هل میدهد، میتواند از اسلحه استفاده کند، و این امر گفته ی «کیلگور تراوت»، نویسنده ی مسن داستانهای علمی تخیلی را به همگان اثبات میکند که، «زنده بودن یعنی یک ظرف پر از کثافت»؛ تصور کنید یکی از دانشگاههای بزرگ آمریکا، به منظور حفظ سلامت دانشجویان، «راگبی» را از برنامه ی ورزشی اش حذف، و استادیوم خالی «راگبی» را به کارخانه ی تولید بمب تبدیل میکند و البته که باز هم به خاطر حفظ سلامت دانشجویان به یاد «کیلگور تراوت» افتادم منظور من دانشگاهی است که خودم در آن درس خواندم، «دانشگاه شیکاگو» در دسامبر سال 1942 میلادی، چندین سال پیش از رفتن من به آنجا، دانشمندان نخستین واکنش زنجیره ای اورانیوم، روی کره ی زمین را، در زیر تیرکهای دروازه های «استگ فیلد» انجام دادند هدف آنها این بود که نشان دهند آیا امکان ساختِ بمب اتم وجود دارد یا نه آن سال ما با آلمان و ژاپن میجنگیدیم پنجاه و سه سال بعد، در روز ششم آگوست 1995 میلادی در سالن اجتماعات همین دانشگاه، همایشی به منظور بزرگداشت پنجاهمین سالگرد انفجار بمب اتم در «هیروشیما» برگزار شد من هم آنجا بودم یکی از سخنرانها فیزیکدانی به نام «لئو سِرِن» بود او در آزمایش موفقیت آمیزی که مدتها پیش در زیرِ زمین بلا استفاده ی «راگبی» انجام شده بود، شرکت داشت به این توجه کنید او به خاطر آن کارش معذرت خواست کسی باید به او میگفت روی سیاره ای که باهوشترین حیواناتش، این همه از زنده بودن متنفرند، فیزیکدان بودن یعنی اینکه هیچوقت لازم نیست معذرت خواهی کنی حالا این یکی را تصور کنید مردی برای اتحاد جماهیر شوروی که همه ی کشورها را دشمن خودش میپنداشت، بمب هیدروژنی درست میکند و پس از اینکه مطمئن میشود بمب بدون هیچ ایرادی منفجر خواهد شد، برنده ی جایزه ی صلح نوبل میشود این شخصیت واقعی که لیاقت آن را داشت که «کیلگور تراوت»، داستانی درباره اش بنویسد، فیزیکدان فقید «آندری ساخاروف» است او در سال 1975 میلادی به خاطر درخواستِ توقف آزمایش سلاحهای هسته ای، برنده ی جایزه ی نوبل شد البته «ساخاروف» قبلاً بمب خودش را آزمایش کرده بود همسرش پزشک اطفال بود کدام انسانی که همسرش پزشک اطفال است، میتواند بمب هیدروژنی بسازد؟ کدام پزشکی حاضر میشود با همسری تا این حد ابله زندگی کند؟ «عزیزم امروز در محلِ کارَت اتفاق جالبی نیفتاد؟»؛ «بمب من بدون هیچ ایرادی منفجر خواهد شد آن بچه ای که آبله مرغان گرفته بود چی شد؟»؛ آندری ساخاروف در سال 1975 میلادی به یک قدیس تبدیل شد، البته از آن نوع قدیسهایی که امروزه دیگر کسی آنها را تحویل نمیگیرد، چون جنگ سرد تمام شده است او در اتحاد جماهیر شوروی فردی دگراندیش بود او خواستار پایان دادن به توسعه و آزمایش سلاحهای هسته ای و همچنین اعطای آزادی بیشتر به هموطنانش بود او را از موسسه ی علوم اتحاد جماهیر شوروی بیرون، و از مسکو به شهر کوچکی در سرزمینهای سردسیر تبعید کردند اتحاد جماهیر شوروی به «ساخاروف» اجازه نداد، برای دریافت جایزه ی صلحش به «اسلو» برود و «النا بانر»، همسرش که پزشک اطفال بود، آن را به جایش دریافت کرد آیا وقتِ آن نیست که بپرسیم «النا بانر» یا هر پزشک اطفال و شفا دهنده ی دیگری، از کسی که در ساختن بمب هیدروژنی، دست داشته است استحقاق بیشتری برای دریافت جایزه ی نوبل ندارد؟ حقوق بشر؟ چه چیزی میتواند به اندازه ی بمب هیدروژنی، نسبت به حق حیات جانداران بی اعتنا باشد؟ در ژوئن 1987 میلادی کالج «استیتن آیلن» در نیویورک دکترای افتخاری به «ساخاروف» داد دولت اتحاد جماهیر شوروی باز هم به «ساخاروف» اجازه نداد، که خودش جایزه را دریافت کند، بنابراین از من خواستند که این کار را برایش بکنم وظیفه ی من خواندن پیام «ساخاروف» بود، پیامی به این مضمون «استفاده از انرژی هسته ای را متوقف نکنید» من هم آن را مثل یک روبات خواندم من خیلی مودب بودم یک سال قبل از آن در «چرنوبیل اُکراین» کشنده ترین فاجعه ی هسته ای ای، که تاکنون در این سیاره ی دیوانه رخ داده، به وقوع پیوسته بود به دلیل تشعشعات هسته ای در این نیروگاه، بچه های تمام کشورهای شمال اروپا، تا سالیان سال بیمار خواهند بود، و حتی ممکن است وضعیت بدتری پیدا کنند پزشکان اطفال هم بیماران زیادی خواهند داشت رفتار آتش نشانهای «شنکتادی» نیویورک، پس از فاجعه ی «چرنوبیل» از اندرز مضحک «ساخاروف» هم، برای من دلگرم کننده تر بود قبلاً در «شنکتادی» کار میکردم آتش نشانهای «شنکتادی» نامه ای به همکارانشان در «چرنوبیل» فرستادند، و از آنها به خاطر شهامت و فداکاریشان در راه نجات جان و مال مردم قدردانی کردند آفرین به آتش نشانها شاید بعضیها در زندگی روزمره شان آدمهای پستی باشند، اما در وضعیتهای بحرانی همه میتوانند به قدیس تبدیل شوند زنده باد آتش نشانها «کیلگور تراوت» نویسنده ی داستانهای علمی تخیلی نایاب، در سال 1975 میلادی در «کوهوز نیویورک» بعد از فهمیدن مرگ پسرش «لئون»، سرباز فراری، در یک کارخانه ی کشتی سازی در «سوئد»، طوطی کوچک دم درازش را آزاد کرده، اکنون در آستانه ی آوارگی است»؛ پایان نقل ا شربیانی

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    Well I just read Galapagos one of Vonnegut’s finest novels and Timeuake is not in that club I as with most Vonnegut fans am perfectly content reading Vonnegut write about the phone book or fleas or jazz His rambling is like music to our ears But this book is not one of the best of his books Not the best or most original rambling from him Though one occasion for the book becomes the death of Kurt’s dear brother Bernard One attraction here is that both guys are science guys who are funny Well Timuake meanders from topic to topic and isn’t really a novel it’s a series of reflections and one liners but I still was mildly entertained maybe 25 and here’s some stuff I likedOn play and invention “Listen We are here on Earth to fart around Don't let anybody tell you any different” On books “I am eternally grateful for my knack of finding in great books some of them very funny books reason enough to feel honored to be alive no matter what else might be going on” “But by accident not by cunning calculation books because of their weight and texture and because of their sweetly token resistance to manipulation involve our hands and eyes and then our minds and souls in a spiritual adventure I would be very sorry for my grandchildren not to know about” On bombs “Andrei Sakharov won his Nobel in 1975 for demanding a halt to the testing of nuclear weapons He of course had already tested his His wife was a pediatrician What sort of person could perfect a hydrogen bomb while married to a child care specialist? What sort of physician would stay married to a mate that cracked?Anything interesting happen at work today honeybunch?Yes My bomb is going to work just great And how are you doing with that kid with chicken pox?” On the human race’s apparent desire to commit collective suicide “So it is not one whit mysterious that we poison the water and air and topsoil and construct ever cunning doomsday devices both industrial and military Let us be perfectly frank for a change For practically everybody the end of the world can't come soon enough” On euality and democracy and Eugene Debs “I still uote Eugene Debs 1855–1926 late of Terre Haute Indiana five times the Socialist Party’s candidate for President in every speech “While there is a lower class I am in it while there is a criminal element I am of it; while there is a soul in prison I am not free” In recent years I’ve found it prudent to say before uoting Debs that he is to be taken seriously Otherwise many in the audience will start to laugh They are being nice not mean knowing I like to be funny But it is also a sign of these times that such a moving echo of the Sermon on the Mount can be perceived as outdated wholly discredited horsecrap Which it is not”

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    This is an odd mix of fiction and autobiography Narrated by the author himself who is not fictional while relying on stories and uotations from the old science fiction author Kilgore Trout who is There are fake stories true stories and all of them will tell you something about being human in all its terrible glory“Extenuating circumstance to be mentioned on Judgment Day We never asked to be born in the first place”The universe happened upon the same uestion that hits us all often for no particular reason and out of nowhere What the hell am I supposed to do with myself? Do I continue expanding or do I uit and start over? In its understandable confusion and crisis it shrinks a bit and sends everyone back 10 years forcing everyone to relive every moment fully aware of having done it all before but incapable of changing anything A nightmare really “and they have to relive the 90s” I say not knowing if the 90s really were awful because I was a baby and then a child for all of it Ting a ling I once asked someone though what it was like being young in the 90s and he said it was certainly ugly referring to the fashion so it probably wasn't all that great but it makes for good storytellingOf course a timeuake is entirely unfeasible and would never occur except it does every day of our lives Humans are all too good at living in the past reliving painful or humiliating memories or being nostalgic for beautiful moments that are no That’s our timeuake and we are completely incapable of changing a thing that has happened Reliving it too much however will freeze you in your present moment because you forget that right now you have the absolute power you have your free will to make every moment something you might not hate reliving I read this book and suddenly realized that if I had to relive the past 10 years of my life it'd probably suck 80 percent of the time and I’d come out of it traumatized But I can’t change a single second so it’s best to just move on and try to be the best I can be for the rest of my life Casting the ridiculous and brilliant Kilgore Trout as the hero of the story the ideal of who we should try to be should this particular event ever occur is a little bit genius No one can be Trout obviously as he’s entirely fictional and frankly I don’t think anyone wants to be him but I do want to be like him “’The main thing about van Gogh and me’ said Trout ‘is that he painted pictures that astonished him with their importance even though nobody else thought they were worth a damn and I write stories that astonish me even though nobody else thinks they’re worth a damn How lucky can you get?’”The Timeuake however plays a small role in the book It is the frame yes the story we return to but mostly this is a collection of stories from Vonnegut’s life and Kilgore Trout’s arsenal of oddball short stories With his usual wit and round a bout way of saying anything Vonnegut dishes up some striking social commentary I’m continuously surprised by how achingly humane he is making his observations all the salient because they come from a place of compassion and honesty I kept coming back to this one uote from a song by Say Anything it goes“I guess that everyone includes meand that’s why I’m a humanist”If anyone Vonnegut embodies that saying at least in this particular book The song is called Hate Everyone In a way that is also very fitting Sure “being alive is a crock of shit” but also “I am eternally grateful for my knack of finding in great books some of them very funny books reason enough to feel honored to be alive no matter what else might be going on” Thank you for such a book

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    Timeless Impression If this isn't nice what is?Kiss Me AgainBy Kilgore TroutSome people think that science fiction doesn't give an author much opportunity to write about herself Whether or not this is true I thought I might tell you a little about my family if not much about me and my role in itBefore I start I should warn you that I do not propose to discuss my love life Not that there's much to tell you about anywayThat said I still can't get over how women are shaped especially their butts and boobs Dicks are nothing in comparison believe meThat's enough about me Let's talk about my parents Both my father and my mother were criminals though only my father went to prison My mother's only crime was to let my father ejaculate in her birth canal I don't know how many times this happened but I assume that I am the product of one occasionLikewise my father only committed one crime though unlike my mother he didn't repeat it My father shot my mother when I was only twelve years old I don't know why or whether it had anything to do with my age at the time My grandparents bless them thought of me as a precocious and slightly annoying child But that's no reason for your father to kill your mother Procreation isn't meant to be a crime between husband and wife They can't send you to jail just because you're infected with progenyMy father was the famous ornithologist Professor Raymond Trout of Smith College in Northampton Massachusetts My mother was a housewife and therefore less famous than my father until her death and perhaps even then However I only discovered when I turned eighteen that she was also a poet I didn't learn this from my father I learned it from my mother's sister my aunt to whom my mother had entrusted all her verse She used to send each poem off to my aunt whenever she wrote a letter to her Why she sent them to my aunt I don't know because she never finished school and absolutely hated poetry like most normal people So she never kept the poems my mother sent herShe did remember one of her poems though when I asked herWoman or notYou'll notice itBeing alive is A crock of shitIt mightn't amount to a hill of beans as far as poetry goes but you have to agree with the sentiment especially having regard to the cause of her demiseOh I almost forgot to tell you my mother was beautiful as well Before he shot her my father was always trying to kiss her and take her off to their bedroom Most often she would put me in my bed and kiss me on the forehead so that I'd go to sleep first Sometimes she'd giggle like one of the girls at school and go in with my father straight away Sometimes she turned away and ignored him which made him angry though I didn't realise he'd get so angry he'd want to shoot her What is it about women that makes men want to kill them? Men are jerks Women are psychotic I supposeWhen I asked my aunt why she thought my father had killed my mother she replied There is no way a beautiful woman can live up to what she looks like for any appreciable length of time She might have been right Anyway it still makes me sad that my mother will never kiss me againKurt Vonnegut on Kilgore Trout That is what Kilgore Trout was too in all he wrote gaily mournfulSOUNDTRACKview spoilerDavid Kilgour You Forget Clean Anything Could Happen hide spoiler

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    I'm suprised that I found some of Vonnegut's later less talked about books as enjoyable as some of the classic ones But I enjoyed Bluebeard Hocus Pocus and Timeuake just as much as Slaughterhouse 5 Cat's Cradle Mother Night or Breakfast of Champions Even though this technically isn't the last Vonnegut work it's obvious that he was thinking of it as his swan song in fiction and it's a near perfect farewell

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    I've not read a lot of Mr Vonnegut's worksjust those assigned in class and I will have to read those again to remind myself of their points and purposesMeanwhile this one Timeuake seems like a big wrap up to all the things he might have wanted to say in a book but hadn't yet I had a difficult time holding on to the thread of this tale but every once in awhile a phrase or sentence stands alone in the body of the text and feels very amusing and out of place Like the time you were at a funeral and saw something funny and wanted to share it with the person next to you and laugh out loud but no It's a funeral This is certainly a book that definitely left me with the feeling that I do not have as good a grip on what I think I know as much as I think I do OR I'm brilliant to recognize the absurdity herein Meh Who knows?For that level of untetheredness I can't go beyond 3 stars and that still is me on the fence

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    I hate to say this because I love Vonnegut Cat's Crade and Slaughterhouse were pure genuis satire at it's best I also liked Sirens and Breakfast of Champions even though they were not of the calibre of his best works However I am starting to fear that most of his other books are a waste of time I think people read them only because they love Vonnegut and they desperately want to experience again the simple delight of discovering books that can shake you and engulf you I did not enjoy Vonnegut's short stories much as I wanted to and I had to give up on Timeuake That's right Put it to rest before completing it At some point in his life Vonnegut appears to have stumbled upon a formula; a superbly uirky and poignent style and a set of peculiar characters to go along Miserably pathetic gloriously mournful wonderous people dredging through the absurdities of life But it is still sorely disappointing when you see the same themes and characters repeated in his other books Thinly veiled these books are suspiciously like rejected drafts of his successful novels or tired attempts to re create magic Something interesting I noticed in Timeuake was Vonnegut's very 1950s view of women and his hand waving simplification of their personalities and desires This was only alluded to in his other books but starkly stated in Timeuake I don't think he intended to be chauvinistic or mean as he appears to have been a nice and sweet man in real life But it was too late Already jaded at this pivotal juncture in Timeuake I could now put it down with good reason And shake my head Oh Kurt Tsk tsk Rest in peace and thanks for the cat