Player Piano

Player Piano

by Kurt Vonnegut
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Overview

Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385333788
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/1999
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 61,170
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 930L (what's this?)

About the Author

Kurt Vonnegut’s incomparable imagination first captured America’s attention in The Sirens of Titan in 1959 and established him as “a true artist” (The New York Times) with Cat’s Cradle in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene declared, “one of the best living American writers.” Mr. Vonnegut passed away in April 2007.

Date of Birth:

November 11, 1922

Date of Death:

April 11, 2007

Place of Birth:

Indianapolis, Indiana

Place of Death:

New York, New York

Education:

Cornell University, 1940-42; Carnegie-Mellon University, 1943; University of Chicago, 1945-47; M.A., 1971

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Player Piano 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Considering that this book was written in 1952, it is one of his finest novels. I think that in his later works he tends to go a little too far trying to shock his audience. The book is not quite as comical as his later works. Human invisibility is one central theme that Vonnegut addresses, taking the reader to a post WWIII world where the second industrial revolution is beginning to take place in the form of computerization. This has to be one of the first books that addressed the importance of computerz. check it out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Long winded descriptions. Had a tough time keeping focused and interested .
Macaroni More than 1 year ago
Kurt Vonnegut's best books always seem to have a main central message. Player Piano's is that human's need work. We need it to be happy. Player Piano came from Vonnegut's experience working for General Electric. Upon seeing a machine take over a number of people's jobs, he imagined what it would be like if a giant factory of machines took over all the factory jobs in a city. It's good for production but a terrible shame for all the people. Player Piano is a solid read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not a terrible book, it in fact has a great plot. It's only flaw, which is a major one, is that it was badly executed, the climax was rushed and thrown out of detail.
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Replace the word machine with the word outsource as yoi read the book andd you have our current situation
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am still trying to figure out why this book has so many 5 star reviews and has received so much praise when the only good thing about it is the central message  about the cons of mechanization and the beauty in human imperfection is conveyed very well. EVERYTHING ELSE, HOWEVER, IS AN UTTER MESS. The plot! What the heck???? It is so confusing, boring, and unnecessary! Additionally, some of the characters are just frustrating (I'm talking about you Anita, you seductress you). Don't even get me started on the ending. I am 500% done with this novel so here - To sum up: Good message, horrible book.
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If you are looking for an edge of your seat suspense book, then this is not the book for you. This book is great though and i would definitely recomend it.
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