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Player Piano Kurt Vonnegut

Player Piano By Kurt Vonnegut

Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut

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Player Piano Summary

Player Piano: The debut novel from the iconic author of Slaughterhouse-5 by Kurt Vonnegut

Player Piano is the debut novel from one of history's most innovative authors, published on Vonnegut's 100th birthday.

In Player Piano, the first of Vonnegut's wildly funny and deadly serious novels, automata have dramatically reduced the need for America's work force. Ten years after the introduction of these robot labourers, the only people still working are the engineers and their managers, who live in Ilium; everyone else lives in Homestead, an impoverished part of town characterised by purposelessness and mass produced houses.

Paul Proteus is the manager of Ilium Works. While grateful to be held in high regard, Paul begins to feel uneasy about his position - especially after a trip to Homestead. Eventually, Paul makes the decision to rebel against all he's been given, inciting seismic repercussions...

'His black us something to laugh about and much to fear' New York Times Book Review

Watch the documentary about his life - Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time - on Prime

Player Piano Reviews

A funny, savage appraisal of a totally automated American society of the future * San Francisco Chronicle *
The seeds of his [Vonnegut's] trademarks are here: a satirical eye on the world and deep love for humanity * The Times *

About Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis in 1922 and studied biochemistry at Cornell University. An army intelligence scout during the Second World War, he was captured by the Germans and witnessed the destruction of Dresden by Allied bombers, an experience which inspired his classic novel Slaughterhouse-Five. After the war he worked as a police reporter, an advertising copywriter and a public relations man for General Electric. His first novel Player Piano (1952) achieved underground success. Cat's Cradle (1963) was hailed by Graham Greene as 'one of the best novels of the year by one of the ablest living authors'. His eighth book, Slaughterhouse-Five was published in 1969 and was a literary and commercial success, and was made into a film in 1972. Vonnegut is the author of thirteen other novels, three collections of stories and five non-fiction books. Kurt Vonnegut died in 2007.

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Player Piano: The debut novel from the iconic author of Slaughterhouse-5 by Kurt Vonnegut
Used - Very Good
Vintage Publishing
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