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Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut

Player Piano (original 1952; edition 1980)

by Kurt Vonnegut

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Title:Player Piano
Authors:Kurt Vonnegut
Info:Dell (1980), Mass Market Paperback, 295 pages
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Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut (1952)

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This book took me a while to get into. I do like that Vonnegut never follows a traditional storyline, you never know what to expect. That being said, I have a hard time getting through his longer works. I really liked Welcome to the Monkey House, his short story collection. I might try and read more of those. ( )
  ariahfine | Jan 21, 2014 |
A very compelling read. Both sides of this conflict between "man" and "machine" are granted time represented in prose, situation, and character. I know many people consider this novel to be about dystopia resulting from the rise of machines (and that may have been the intent) but I think it is much more complicated than that. This book gives someone a lot to ponder beyond the advertised conflict; the mark of a good piece of fiction. ( )
  shawse | Dec 25, 2013 |

Trovo che Vonnegutt abbia scritto dei romanzi fantastici, questo suo primo lavoro, però, non raggiunge le vette toccate da Cat's Cradle etc..
L'idea: in una America del dopo guerra la società è retta dagli ingegneri che, ideando macchine di ogni genere, hanno reso facile la vita dell'uomo medio. Talmente facile che l'uomo medio non fa nulla, ci pensano le macchine. Vonnegut affronta l'aspetto sociologico di questo possibile futuro seguendo diverse figure: quella ricorrente di Paul, ingegnere senza attaccamento per il proprio lavoro, e altre, alcune sovversive, altre conservative.
L'idea è buona, però rispetto a altri romanzi dello scrittore la narrazione è sotto tono: manca l'enfatizzazione delle assurdità umane.

I think that Vonnegut wrote amazing novels, however this one is not good as Cat's Cradle etc..
The idea is that in a post-war America society is ruled by engineers who, creating every kind of machines, allowed an easy life to the whole population. In fact people do nothing at all since the machines provide to every need. Vonnegut analyses the sociologic point of view of this setting following various characters: Paul, an engineer who does not love his work anymore, and others, some subversive, some conservative.
The idea is good, but the narration could be much better: it lacks the emphasis on human absurd behavior.
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  Saretta.L | Mar 31, 2013 |
Player Piano was Vonnegut's first novel, and while many of the themes that populate his work are present here the execution is lacking. Actually, less "lacking" and more "nonexistent." Probably the greatest problem with the work is that it is dystopian fiction, but the dystopia presented is not so much terrifying or brutal as boring and soul-sucking, populated with characters that are superficial and uninteresting. Well, it is hard to write an interesting plot about such an uninteresting society. Even in his greatest works, Vonnegut was never spectacular with characterization, relying instead on fantastical places and plot points. Lacking the fantastical, Player Piano just spins its wheels in place for pages and pages, with little action and nothing but the bland ruminations of Dr. Paul Proteus to attempt to entertain us. There are some amusing aside chapters about the tour of one Shah of Bratpuhr through the dystopian United States, but they don't have much to do with anything and end up repeating themselves before long. In the last 60 or so pages, Vonnegut attempts to pull together something resembling a plot, but it is far too late and everything comes together far too fast to seem plausible, and even then it ends not with bang but a whimper. I can only recommend Player Piano to the Vonnegut fan who must read everything. Everyone else should probably stay away. ( )
  AGuyNamedCarl | Mar 30, 2013 |
Perhaps a bit longer than it really needed to be, and a little less biting than the majority of his work, but I enjoyed it regardless. ( )
  Melanti | Mar 29, 2013 |
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Bacon, C.W.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Binger, CharlesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Briemen, Reindert vanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Charles, MiltonCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Vonnegut's 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.

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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 super computer and run completely by machines. His rebellion is a wildly funny, darkly satirical look at modern society.

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