Player Piano: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Sep 30, 2009 - Fiction - 352 pages
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“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.

Praise for Player Piano

“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

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User Review  - CSDaley - LibraryThing

Have decided to reread all Vonnegut books in the order of publication. I still love this book. I was amazed at how relevant it still is. Haven't read it since which school and I am sure I got a lot more out of it now. Read full review

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User Review  - thebblack - LibraryThing

A player piano's keys move according to a pattern of holes punched in an unwinding scroll. Unlike music synthesizers, the instrument actually produces sound itself, keys moving up & down, driving ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Kurt Vonnegut’s black humor, satiric voice, and 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.

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