Books: Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut

I always enjoy a Kurt Vonnegut book. I guess you would classify them as Science-fiction although I never thought of them as such. The language is deceptively simple but the ideas are always deeply profound. I just adore Vonngut’s wit and I think he was a genious. Here are some quotes I loved from Timequake:

I am too lazy to chase down the exact quotation but the British astronomer Fred Hoyle said something to this effect: The believing in Darwin’s theoretical mechanisms of evolution was like believing that a hurricane could blow through a junkyard and build a Boeing 747. No matter what is doing the creating. I have to say that the giraffe and the rhinoceros are ridiculous. And so is the human brain, capable, in cahoots with the more sensitive parts of the body, such as the ding dong, of hating life while pretending to love it, and behaving accordingly: Somebody shoot me while I’m happy!

Science never cheered up anyone. The truth about the human situation is just too awful.

Artists are people who say I can’t fix my country or my state or my cite, or even my marriage. But by golly, I can make this square of canvas, or this eight and a half by eleven piece of paper, or this lump of clay or these twelve bars of music, exactly what they ought to be.

I like to sleep. I published a new requiem for old music in another book, in which I said it was no bad thing to want sleep for everyone as an afterlife.

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5 Responses to Books: Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut

  1. whatsaysyou says:

    I so need to get my hands on that book and check it out. Anyway, I too woul like to recommend a book I just finished reading moments ago: The Lost Relic by Scott Mariani as I happened to be a Ben Hope fan.

    • bookjunkie says:

      Thanks…I love book recommendations…always need to expand my horizons.

      • whatsaysyou says:

        There is another book I am going to read it is called The Bible of The Dead by Tom Knox and I totally can’t wait to get my hands on James Rollins’ up and coming Sigma novel The Devil Colony which will be released some time this year.

  2. harlsmits says:

    That’s a great quote! I love Vonnegut but have only read “Breakfast of Champions” and “Slaughterhouse 5.” I’ll definitely pick up a copy of Timequake.

    • bookjunkie says:

      Breakfast of Champions is my fave! I think I’ve read Slaughterhouse 5 a number of times cos it was one of the books in my Literature course.

      TImequake is interesting as it’s semi-autobiographical.

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