Player Piano

Player Piano

Book - 2006
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Random House, Inc.

“A funny, savage appraisal of a totally automated American society of the future.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Kurt Vonnegut’s first novel spins the chilling tale of engineer Paul Proteus, who must find a way to live in a world dominated by a supercomputer and run completely by machines. Paul’s rebellion is vintage Vonnegut—wildly funny, deadly serious, and terrifyingly close to reality.

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“An exuberant, crackling style . . . Vonnegut is a black humorist, fantasist and satirist, a man disposed to deep and comic reflection on the human dilemma.”Life

“His black logic . . . gives us something to laugh about and much to fear.”The New York Times Book Review

Publisher: New York, NY : Dial Press Trade Paperbacks, 2006, c1952
Edition: Dial Press Trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780385333788
Characteristics: 341 p. ; 21 cm


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Apr 20, 2018

I had to keep reminding myself that this book was written in 1952. In so many ways it seems that Vonnegut had a crystal ball. The story is still timely. Even Dan Brown’s latest book talks about artificial intelligence taking control away from humans.

The plot is totally unpredictable. Vonnegut was an excellent writer & this is an excellent book. Yet, I didn’t particularly enjoy reading it; at least it took me more than 60% to really get interested. I found his later books to be more fun to read. At least I think I did. I read them when they were new. I’m eager to see if I enjoy them as much after the passage of 5 decades.

Aug 02, 2016

Amazingly prescient book about a society increasingly familiar. My favorite Vonnegut book

Jun 22, 2016

This was my first taste of Vonnegut and remains my favorite. An excellent and cautionary tale of what our future may hold.

Apr 06, 2014

how in the hell did I miss this? Read everything else by him...

Dec 22, 2009

A perfect satirical view of humanity.

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