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Novels & Stories 1950-62: Player Piano/The Sirens of Titan/Mother Night/Stories (Library of America #226)

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Before winning international fame with Cat’s Cradle and Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut was a master of the drugstore paperback and the popular short story. This authoritative collection of his brilliant early work opens with Player Piano (1952), a Metropolis-like parable of breakneck technological innovation and its effect on those it robs of their livelihoods. The Sir...more
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Published April 26th 2012 by Library of America (first published January 1st 2012)
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Tony
STORIES 1950-1962. (2012). Kurt Vonnegut. ****.
This latest volume from The Library of America contains several of Vonnegut’s early novels and several of his short stories published during this period. I’ve already read the novels included, but will likely read them again since it’s been years since the first time. I was slightly disappointed to find that the stories were all included, in one form or another, in subsequent collections by Vonnegut, but the fact remains that they were well worth r...more
James
Jan 10, 2014 James rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Player Piano: Loved it. Everything about it. The writing is fantastic and the story is something that I think about a lot. There are concepts that I will always take with me and I really enjoy discussing and digging into the idea of technology progressing to the point of replacing most manual jobs. I don't think we will get to the point of only people making and managing machines, but I think that those that do not keep up and/or attain the necessary skill sets will always be pushed to the outsk...more
Chris

Before winning international fame with Cat’s Cradle and Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut was a master of the drugstore paperback and the popular short story. This authoritative collection of his brilliant early work opens with Player Piano (1952), a Metropolis-like parable of breakneck technological innovation and its effect on those it robs of their livelihoods. The Sirens of Titan (1959), the interplanetary adventures of the world’s wealthiest and most despised man, is both a pulp-fiction s

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Graziano
PLAYER PIANO (****)

Sooner or later someone's going to catch the imagination of these people with some new magic. At the bottom of it will be a promise of regaining the feeling of participation, the feeling of being needed on earth - hell dignity. (88)

He has a complete security package, said Halyard.
His standard of living is constantly rising, and he and the country at large are protected from the old economic ups and down by the orderly, predictable consumer habits the payroll machine give him....more
David
I reviewed the three main novels (Player Piano, the Sirens of Titan, and Mother Night) separately. The short stories are also worth a read. In them, like in Player Piano, Vonnegut tends to explore what happens if we get too much of a good thing. For example, Piano asked, if automated machines can produce products faster, cheaper, and better than people, what effect does this have on people? Harrison Bergeron explored the result of too much equality, and two of the other stories asked, once we ge...more
Chuck Ledger
Love him or hate him....he makes you look at the world in a different way.
Benjamin
Having already read most of his famous works, it was interesting to see where he stole ideas from himself that eventually made it into future novels . . .
Jason
I found the plot of Sirens of Titan disappointing, but all of Vonnegut's writing is still enjoyable to read. Player Piano was a treat.
Jeff
I've read all three novels in this book and most of the short stories. But I'm looking forward to reading it all again!
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Kurt Vonnegut, Junior was an American novelist, satirist, and most recently, graphic artist. He was recognized as New York State Author for 2001-2003.

He was born in Indianapolis, later the setting for many of his novels. He attended Cornell University from 1941 to 1943, where he wrote a column for the student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun. Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journali...more
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