All library locations will be closed through June 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More information.
Fines will not be charged while the library system is closed. Please keep your items until we reopen.

Get a Virtual Library Card

Player Piano

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
RosettaBooks
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Language:
English
Lexile measure:
930L
Description

"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

Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
ISBN:
9780795311970
Lexile measure:
930L
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID1da6a6fb-e339-e929-5c2d-16558fde776d
Grouping Titleplayer piano
Grouping Authorvonnegut kurt
Grouping Categorybook
Last Grouping Update2020-06-01 04:16:52AM
Last Indexed2020-06-01 04:30:14AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value0
accelerated_reader_reading_level0
authorKurt Vonnegut
author_displayKurt Vonnegut
detailed_location_aacplOnline OverDrive Collection
display_description

Player Piano (1952), Vonnegut's first novel, embeds and foreshadows themes which are to be parsed and dramatized by academians for centuries to come. His future society—a marginal extrapolation, Vonnegut wrote, of the situation he observed as an employee of General Electric in which machines were replacing people increasingly and without any regard for their fate—is mechanistic and cruel, indifferent to human consequence, almost in a state of merriment as human wreckage accumulates. Paul Proteus, the novel's protagonist, is an engineer at Ilium Works and first observes with horror and then struggles to reverse the displacement of human labor by machines.

Ilium Works and Paul's struggles are a deliberately cartoon version of labor's historic and escalating struggle to give dignity and purpose to workers. The novel embodies all of Vonenegut's concerns and what he takes to be the great dilemma of the technologically overpowered century: the spiritual needs of the population in no way serve the economies of technology and post-technology. Vonnegut overlies this grotesque comedy over tragedy, disguising his novel in the trappings of goofiness.

Not published—at Vonnegut's insistence—as science fiction, the novel was nonetheless recognized and praised by the science fiction community which understood it far better than a more general readership, a dilemma which Vonnegut resentfully faced throughout his career. Bernard Wolfe's dystopian Limbo and Player Pianowere published in the same year to roughly similar receptions; two "outsiders" had apotheosized technophobia as forcefully as any writer within the field. Throughout his career, Vonnegut was forced to struggle with his ambivalence about science fiction and his own equivocal relationship with its readers.

format_aacpleBook
format_category_aacpleBook
id1da6a6fb-e339-e929-5c2d-16558fde776d
isbn9780795311970
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
overdrive:484254f7-fb8a-4fb6-bb7f-a2591f139e2b-1Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeBookeBook3falsetrueOverDriveAdobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive ReadChecked Out
overdrive:484254f7-fb8a-4fb6-bb7f-a2591f139e2b1Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeBookeBook0falsetrueOverDriveAdobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive ReadChecked Out
last_indexed2020-06-01T08:30:14.353Z
lexile_score930
literary_formFiction
literary_form_fullFiction
local_callnumber_aacplOnline OverDrive
owning_library_aacplAnne Arundel County Public Library Online
owning_location_aacplOnline OverDrive Collection
primary_isbn9780795311970
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
overdrive:484254f7-fb8a-4fb6-bb7f-a2591f139e2beBookeBookEnglishRosettaBooks
recordtypegrouped_work
scoping_details_aacpl
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
overdrive:484254f7-fb8a-4fb6-bb7f-a2591f139e2b-1Checked OutChecked Outfalsefalsetruefalsefalsefalse
overdrive:484254f7-fb8a-4fb6-bb7f-a2591f139e2b1Checked OutChecked Outfalsefalsetruefalsefalsetrue
title_displayPlayer Piano
title_fullPlayer Piano
title_shortPlayer Piano
topic_facetClassic Literature
Fiction
Mystery
Science Fiction & Fantasy