Player Piano (Paperback)

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Taking place in a near future society after WWIII where machines have replaced the major workforce, we follow Dr. Paul Proteus who is at the peak of the social status but utterly dissatisfied. We watch as he transforms from merely unhappy at the state of affairs in the country to unruly & revolting. Vonnegut's satirical humor is outstanding in general, and he nails it in this one!

— From Allen


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.

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.

Praise For…

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

“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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780385333788
ISBN-10: 0385333781
Publisher: Dial Press
Publication Date: January 11th, 1999
Pages: 352
Language: English